Cost of living in Wellington, New Zealand

Summary of cost of living in Wellington

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: NZ$6,692
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: NZ$3,667
  • Wellington is the 3rd cheapest city in Oceania (5 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Wellington is more expensive than in 76% of cities in the World (56 out of 234)

List of prices in Wellington, New Zealand. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) NZ$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$2.10
12 eggs, large NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$5.93
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$4.33
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$3.43
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$4.08
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality NZ$17
2 liters of coca-cola NZ$3.20
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$2.33
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area NZ$2,996
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area NZ$2,149
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$238
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area NZ$2,156
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area NZ$1,823
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio NZ$164
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) NZ$65
40” flat screen tv NZ$619
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$197
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$15
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$21
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) NZ$118
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) NZ$66
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$166
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$178
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$33,206
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$2.14
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$146
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) NZ$29
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$6
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) NZ$50
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) NZ$6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$8
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$6
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$3.14
Tube of toothpaste NZ$3.38
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$34
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$49
2 tickets to the movies NZ$29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) NZ$172
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert NZ$93
1 cocktail drink in downtown club NZ$15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city NZ$4.97
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) NZ$9
Ipad wi-fi 128gb NZ$680
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) NZ$0.50
1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$53
1 package of marlboro cigarettes NZ$28
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 416 prices entered by 39 different people.
Latest price update: August 14, 2020

Wellington position in our World Ranking

the world
56th
out of 234
oceania
5th
out of 7

Cheapest and most expensive products in Wellington compared to other cities:

oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st

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