Cost of living in Christchurch, New Zealand

Summary of cost of living in Christchurch

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: NZ$6,141
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: NZ$3,070
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Christchurch, New Zealand. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$19
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) NZ$11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$2.02
12 eggs, large NZ$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$5.61
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$5.72
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$4.03
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$2.81
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$5.19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality NZ$19
2 liters of coca-cola NZ$3.40
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$1.71
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area NZ$2,412
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area NZ$1,713
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$318
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area NZ$1,049
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area NZ$1,162
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio NZ$171
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) NZ$74
40” flat screen tv NZ$691
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$175
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$10
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$24
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) NZ$112
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) NZ$61
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$146
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$160
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$33,612
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$2.01
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$107
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) NZ$28
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$11
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) NZ$48
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) NZ$10
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$5.87
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$5.09
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$2.91
Tube of toothpaste NZ$3.27
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$23
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$64
2 tickets to the movies NZ$29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) NZ$229
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert NZ$120
1 cocktail drink in downtown club NZ$17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city NZ$5.23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) NZ$11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb NZ$765
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) NZ$0.52
1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$61
1 package of marlboro cigarettes NZ$29
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 213 prices entered by 21 different people.
Latest price update: August 05, 2020

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