Cost of Living in Wellington

Summary about cost of living in Wellington, New Zealand:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 NZ$ 12.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 90.00 NZ$ 60.00-126.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 NZ$ 10.60-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.00 NZ$ 7.00-12.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 NZ$ 7.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.74 NZ$ 4.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.65 NZ$ 2.80-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.26 NZ$ 3.00-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 11.09 NZ$ 5.00-17.41
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.71 NZ$ 1.08-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.61 NZ$ 0.91-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.49 NZ$ 3.30-8.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.81 NZ$ 4.08-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.05 NZ$ 2.87-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.81 NZ$ 6.80-12.25
Apples (1 lb) 1.67 NZ$ 0.90-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.39 NZ$ 1.04-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 1.87 NZ$ 1.13-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 1.80 NZ$ 0.90-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 1.37 NZ$ 0.50-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.00 NZ$ 0.68-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.94 NZ$ 2.00-4.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.45 NZ$ 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 NZ$ 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.19 NZ$ 1.97-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.40 NZ$ 3.00-15.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 32.00 NZ$ 28.00-37.40
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.75 NZ$ 3.00-6.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 NZ$ 112.00-200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.75 NZ$ 3.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 NZ$ 4.67-5.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 66.00 NZ$ 60.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.26 NZ$ 7.19-9.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,000.00 NZ$ 33,000.00-36,990.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,512.86 NZ$ 30,000.00-30,100.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 177.09 NZ$ 108.91-260.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.42 NZ$ 0.20-0.44
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 84.27 NZ$ 70.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.84 NZ$ 15.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.25 NZ$ 12.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 17.00 NZ$ 13.00-20.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,020.25 NZ$ 600.00-1,600.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,000.00 NZ$ 15,000.00-15,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 118.04 NZ$ 70.00-160.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 61.58 NZ$ 30.00-120.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 137.73 NZ$ 100.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 189.52 NZ$ 120.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,122.73 NZ$ 1,800.00-2,825.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,658.12 NZ$ 1,200.00-2,173.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,400.62 NZ$ 3,000.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,718.60 NZ$ 2,200.00-3,600.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 670.79 NZ$ 464.51-929.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 452.90 NZ$ 278.71-789.67
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,073.89 NZ$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.57 3.50-5.00

Prices in Wellington

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Last update: July 2021
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6 Comments so far
Eric on Jul 16, 2020:
Electricity can average as little as 15 nz cents per KWH.
Plenty of competition for green energy.
I'm currently paying nzd 1.65/literfor petrol while average pump prices are 193.
Appprox 90c per liter is tax.
Eric Bennik on Jan 05, 2020:
Milk is $5 for 4 liters at some big supermarkets at other places and has been for over a year.

Beer has to be bought in dozen lots to get a good deal.This works out at $1.50ea for some international brands.
Anonymous on Oct 12, 2019:
Anonymous, by utilities do you mean electricity.
I pay an average of NZ19c or usd12c per kwh and NZ$10 per month lines fee.
The winter is a bit cool winter spring but summer autumn is ok.
Anonymous on Mar 22, 2019:
I lived in Wellington for eight months and couldn't take the cold anymore.My average cost of utilities each month were $275 usd plus each month for a two bedroom flat.Utility price listed is way too low.I left the freezer and moved to Spain.My monthly utilities are average $65 each month now.
DAVE DEE on Sep 09, 2018:
Spent three miserable years in that godforsaken hole - best thing I ever did was move to Australia. It's freezing cold, scruffy and very run-down, utterly boring and the weather is mainly howling gales straight from Antarctica. Even in what passes for their summer, you can't go into the sea (not unless you want frostbite that is). Housing is very expensive (mainly wood and rather poor quality) and the city itself is incredibly hilly - you'll laugh at the garages they have built on stilts. Wellington is also way overdue for a seriously big earthquake, which with any luck, will submerge the whole place beneath the waves for good.
Rosie O'Donnell on Feb 15, 2018:
Hi I was wondering how much it would cost someone like me with special needs to live in Wellington Please?