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:

$ 1365* (1904 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

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

Total budget:

$ 3089* (4284 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 115 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 63 per person
  • $ 39 per person
  • $ 22 per person

Total budget:

$ 5029* (6972 $)

* 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 essentially the same as 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 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Queenstown
Auckland 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Auckland
Wellington 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Wellington
Thames 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Thames
Wanaka 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Wanaka
Dunedin 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dunedin
Christchurch 6% 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 11% more expensive than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 14/person
($ 11 to $ 18)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 33/person
($ 22 to $ 40)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.2/person
($ 6.5 to $ 9.3)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5.7 for 500ml
($ 4.3 to $ 7.2)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.6 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 6.5)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 2.9 to $ 3.6)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.3/can
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.9/bottle
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

26% 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 36% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 49 to $ 49)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 76/night
($ 59 to $ 98)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 103/night
($ 79 to $ 133)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 126/night
($ 95 to $ 165)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 261/night
($ 165 to $ 434)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 498
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 66/month
($ 59 to $ 76)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 118/month
($ 93 to $ 157)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 122/month
($ 88 to $ 186)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 140/month
($ 96 to $ 210)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 216
Family room
Family room
$ 188/month
($ 128 to $ 291)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in New Zealand

On average, the price of supermarket food in New Zealand costs 7% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 2.5)

118% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.5/12 eggs
($ 2.5 to $ 4.7)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.9/kg
($ 5.7 to $ 8.6)

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

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.6/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 3.6)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
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)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 2/salad
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 8.2 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 19% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.5/ticket
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.3
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 108/month
($ 79 to $ 155)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.2/km
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 1.7)

102% 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 to $ 3.6)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 28/24hrs
($ 8.4 to $ 125)

30% 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 4% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 127/month
($ 81 to $ 201)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.6)

201% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 61/month
($ 51 to $ 72)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1048/month
($ 594 to $ 1432)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1375
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 848/month
($ 544 to $ 1145)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1082
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1715/month
($ 1074 to $ 2504)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2231
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1415/month
($ 931 to $ 2003)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1741
Gym
Gym
$ 42/month
($ 22 to $ 69)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 754/month
($ 359 to $ 1074)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 13297/yr
($ 7153 to $ 15019)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18231

Leisure activity budget in New Zealand

On average, budget for leisure activities in New Zealand costs 23% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 11/ticket
($ 8.6 to $ 13)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 12/hr
($ 3.6 to $ 22)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in New Zealand

On average, shopping budget in New Zealand is 54% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 21/pack
($ 18 to $ 23)

160% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 77
($ 51 to $ 101)

64% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 40
($ 26 to $ 65)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 101
($ 72 to $ 130)

26% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 115
($ 72 to $ 180)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Auckland
London → Auckland
London → Auckland
$ 1188
(fair price: $ 984)
Los Angeles → Auckland
Los Angeles  → Auckland
Los Angeles  → Auckland
$ 1205
(fair price: $ 1056)
London → Christchurch
London → Christchurch
London → Christchurch
$ 1352
(fair price: $ 1183)
Manchester → Auckland
Manchester → Auckland
Manchester → Auckland
$ 1278
(fair price: $ 1124)
Dublin → Auckland
Dublin → Auckland
Dublin → Auckland
$ 1447
(fair price: $ 1340)
New York City → Auckland
New York City → Auckland
New York City → Auckland
$ 1573
(fair price: $ 1385)
Perth → Auckland
Perth → Auckland
Perth → Auckland
$ 707
(fair price: $ 629)
Edinburgh → Auckland
Edinburgh → Auckland
Edinburgh → Auckland
$ 1409
(fair price: $ 1230)
Sydney → Christchurch
Sydney → Christchurch
Sydney → Christchurch
$ 419
(fair price: $ 371)
Melbourne → Christchurch
Melbourne → Christchurch
Melbourne → Christchurch
$ 388
(fair price: $ 349)
Toronto (Ontario) → Auckland
Toronto (Ontario) → Auckland
Toronto (Ontario) → Auckland
$ 1911
(fair price: $ 1338)
Melbourne → Auckland
Melbourne → Auckland
Melbourne → Auckland
$ 395
(fair price: $ 345)
Manchester → Christchurch
Manchester → Christchurch
Manchester → Christchurch
$ 1370
(fair price: $ 1231)
Perth → Christchurch
Perth → Christchurch
Perth → Christchurch
$ 691
(fair price: $ 627)
Sydney → Auckland
Sydney → Auckland
Sydney → Auckland
$ 364
(fair price: $ 327)
Montreal → Auckland
Montreal → Auckland
Montreal → Auckland
$ 1739
(fair price: $ 1438)
Auckland → Christchurch
Auckland → Christchurch
Auckland → Christchurch
$ 120
(fair price: $ 104)
Dublin → Christchurch
Dublin → Christchurch
Dublin → Christchurch
$ 1604
(fair price: $ 1444)
Los Angeles → Christchurch
Los Angeles  → Christchurch
Los Angeles  → Christchurch
$ 1408
(fair price: $ 1179)
New York City → Christchurch
New York City → Christchurch
New York City → Christchurch
$ 2449
(fair price: $ 1753)
Edinburgh → Christchurch
Edinburgh → Christchurch
Edinburgh → Christchurch
$ 1475
(fair price: $ 1308)
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
$ 2613
(fair price: $ 1888)

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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 18-07-2019.

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