Travel budget and cost of living in New Zealand how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in New Zealand

New Zealand: calculate your travel budget

New Zealand: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in New Zealand for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 47 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 10 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1336* (1848 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 90 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 11 per person

Total budget:

$ 3083* (4242 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 113 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 62 per person
  • $ 39 per person
  • $ 22 per person

Total budget:

$ 4994* (6874 $)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in New Zealand in 2019

Cost of living: New Zealand VS United States

On average, the cost of living in New Zealand in 2019 is 5% higher than in United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in New Zealand in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in New Zealand by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in New Zealand compared to the national average.

Cities /New Zealand View Details
Queenstown 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Queenstown
Timaru 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Timaru
Auckland 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Auckland
Rotorua 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Rotorua
Dunedin 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dunedin
Tauranga 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tauranga
Wellington 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Wellington
Christchurch 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Christchurch

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Local prices in New Zealand by expense type

Restaurant budget in New Zealand

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in New Zealand is 13% more expensive than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 14/person
($ 10.2 to $ 20)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 33/person
($ 23 to $ 39)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.4/person
($ 6.8 to $ 9.4)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5.7 for 500ml
($ 4.3 to $ 7.3)

38% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.7 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 6.3)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 2.9 to $ 3.6)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.3/can
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.9/bottle
($ 1.1 to $ 2.5)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in New Zealand

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in New Zealand costs 40% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 47 to $ 47)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 76/night
($ 59 to $ 96)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 103/night
($ 79 to $ 131)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 122/night
($ 95 to $ 158)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 263/night
($ 168 to $ 433)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 66/month
($ 58 to $ 75)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 116/month
($ 91 to $ 153)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 122/month
($ 88 to $ 187)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 140/month
($ 97 to $ 210)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in New Zealand

On average, the price of supermarket food in New Zealand costs 5% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 2.5)

126% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.3/12 eggs
($ 2.5 to $ 4.9)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7/kg
($ 5.7 to $ 8.7)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 9/kg
($ 6.5 to $ 13)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.6/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5.7)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3.6)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 2/salad
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.3
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 8.1 to $ 18)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in New Zealand

On average, the price of transport in New Zealand is 23% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.5/ticket
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 109/month
($ 81 to $ 157)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.2/km
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

22% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 1.8)

112% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.5
($ 2.2 to $ 3.6)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 30/24hrs
($ 9.6 to $ 118)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in New Zealand

On average, the cost of housing in New Zealand is 9% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 130/month
($ 81 to $ 206)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.7)

212% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 63/month
($ 52 to $ 73)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1069/month
($ 629 to $ 1446)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 887/month
($ 579 to $ 1195)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1788/month
($ 1085 to $ 2530)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1438/month
($ 977 to $ 1904)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 45/month
($ 27 to $ 73)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 725/month
($ 363 to $ 904)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 13411/yr
($ 5060 to $ 15175)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in New Zealand

On average, budget for leisure activities in New Zealand costs 22% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 11/ticket
($ 8.7 to $ 14)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 11/hr
($ 3.6 to $ 20)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in New Zealand

On average, shopping budget in New Zealand is 59% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 21/pack
($ 20 to $ 23)

166% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 77
($ 52 to $ 102)

69% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 42
($ 27 to $ 65)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 102
($ 73 to $ 138)

31% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 116
($ 73 to $ 181)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Auckland
London → Auckland
London → Auckland
$ 1096
(fair price: $ 948)
Los Angeles → Auckland
Los Angeles  → Auckland
Los Angeles  → Auckland
$ 1157
(fair price: $ 998)
Manchester → Auckland
Manchester → Auckland
Manchester → Auckland
$ 1290
(fair price: $ 1149)
London → Christchurch
London → Christchurch
London → Christchurch
$ 1354
(fair price: $ 1193)
Dublin → Auckland
Dublin → Auckland
Dublin → Auckland
$ 1474
(fair price: $ 1330)
New York City → Auckland
New York City → Auckland
New York City → Auckland
$ 1505
(fair price: $ 1265)

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About the information on the cost of living in New Zealand

The information about the cost of living in New Zealand shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in New Zealand updated on 17-03-2019.

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