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:

  • $ 49 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 10 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1371* (1918 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 90 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 37 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3135* (4382 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 116 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 64 per person
  • $ 37 per person
  • $ 23 per person

Total budget:

$ 5059* (7070 $)

* 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 2020

Cost of living: New Zealand VS United States

On average, the cost of living in New Zealand in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Queenstown
Auckland 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Auckland
Nelson 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nelson
Tauranga 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tauranga
Hamilton 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hamilton
Dunedin 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dunedin
Wellington 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Wellington
Christchurch 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Christchurch

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Local prices in New Zealand by expense type

New Zealand: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in New Zealand is 8% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 15/person
($ 10.6 to $ 18)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 32/person
($ 22 to $ 40)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.6/person
($ 6.5 to $ 10)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6.5 for 500ml
($ 4.7 to $ 7.2)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.6 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 6.5)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 2.9 to $ 3.6)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.3/can
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2/bottle
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

New Zealand: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in New Zealand costs 37% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 48 to $ 49)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 76/night
($ 58 to $ 98)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 104/night
($ 79 to $ 136)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 127/night
($ 96 to $ 167)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 262/night
($ 167 to $ 435)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 66/month
($ 59 to $ 76)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 121/month
($ 94 to $ 164)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 122/month
($ 88 to $ 186)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 140/month
($ 96 to $ 207)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 189/month
($ 131 to $ 282)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

New Zealand: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in New Zealand costs 10% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 2.5)

109% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.7/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 2.4)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 2/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.5/12 eggs
($ 2.5 to $ 5)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7/kg
($ 5.7 to $ 8.6)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.8/kg
($ 6.5 to $ 13)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.5/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3.6)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.9/salad
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 8.2 to $ 18)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

New Zealand: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in New Zealand is 14% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.5/ticket
($ 1.7 to $ 3.6)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 108/month
($ 83 to $ 155)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2/km
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 1.7)

99% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.5
($ 1.9 to $ 3.6)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 28/24hrs
($ 8.4 to $ 125)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

New Zealand: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in New Zealand costs 3% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 125/month
($ 78 to $ 183)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.6)

137% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 60/month
($ 51 to $ 72)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1091/month
($ 656 to $ 1426)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1408
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 873/month
($ 500 to $ 1284)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1124
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1756/month
($ 1106 to $ 2566)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2272
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1468/month
($ 927 to $ 1996)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1782
Gym
Gym
$ 41/month
($ 22 to $ 72)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 757/month
($ 322 to $ 1070)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 981
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 12665/yr
($ 4988 to $ 17809)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17402

New Zealand: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in New Zealand costs 18% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 8.6 to $ 13)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 7.2 to $ 18)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

New Zealand: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in New Zealand is 54% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 22/pack
($ 20 to $ 26)

164% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 78
($ 51 to $ 108)

66% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 40
($ 22 to $ 65)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 100
($ 72 to $ 130)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 116
($ 72 to $ 180)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Auckland
London → Auckland
London → Auckland
$ 1152
(fair price: $ 979)
Los Angeles → Auckland
Los Angeles  → Auckland
Los Angeles  → Auckland
$ 1218
(fair price: $ 1038)
Manchester → Auckland
Manchester → Auckland
Manchester → Auckland
$ 1329
(fair price: $ 1143)
London → Christchurch
London → Christchurch
London → Christchurch
$ 1369
(fair price: $ 1179)
Dublin → Auckland
Dublin → Auckland
Dublin → Auckland
$ 1501
(fair price: $ 1350)
New York City → Auckland
New York City → Auckland
New York City → Auckland
$ 1528
(fair price: $ 1327)
Perth → Auckland
Perth → Auckland
Perth → Auckland
$ 716
(fair price: $ 616)
Edinburgh → Auckland
Edinburgh → Auckland
Edinburgh → Auckland
$ 1420
(fair price: $ 1243)
Sydney → Christchurch
Sydney → Christchurch
Sydney → Christchurch
$ 406
(fair price: $ 360)
Melbourne → Christchurch
Melbourne → Christchurch
Melbourne → Christchurch
$ 384
(fair price: $ 337)
Melbourne → Auckland
Melbourne → Auckland
Melbourne → Auckland
$ 377
(fair price: $ 326)
Toronto (Ontario) → Auckland
Toronto (Ontario) → Auckland
Toronto (Ontario) → Auckland
$ 1735
(fair price: $ 1366)
Sydney → Auckland
Sydney → Auckland
Sydney → Auckland
$ 357
(fair price: $ 309)
Perth → Christchurch
Perth → Christchurch
Perth → Christchurch
$ 702
(fair price: $ 624)
Manchester → Christchurch
Manchester → Christchurch
Manchester → Christchurch
$ 1407
(fair price: $ 1247)
Montreal → Auckland
Montreal → Auckland
Montreal → Auckland
$ 1707
(fair price: $ 1453)
Auckland → Christchurch
Auckland → Christchurch
Auckland → Christchurch
$ 120
(fair price: $ 104)
Los Angeles → Christchurch
Los Angeles  → Christchurch
Los Angeles  → Christchurch
$ 1338
(fair price: $ 1156)
Dublin → Christchurch
Dublin → Christchurch
Dublin → Christchurch
$ 1648
(fair price: $ 1465)
New York City → Christchurch
New York City → Christchurch
New York City → Christchurch
$ 1898
(fair price: $ 1577)
Edinburgh → Christchurch
Edinburgh → Christchurch
Edinburgh → Christchurch
$ 1511
(fair price: $ 1323)
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
$ 2158
(fair price: $ 1649)

Tours and organised trips in New Zealand


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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 20-01-2020.

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