Christchurch travel budget

Christchurch: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Christchurch

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 52 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1369* (1960 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 87 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 10.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 3049* (4354 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 108 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 62 per person
  • $ 41 per person
  • $ 21 per person

Total budget:

$ 4940* (7042 $)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Christchurch compared to New Zealand in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Christchurch in 2020 is 5% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Christchurch in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Christchurch by expense type

Restaurant budget in Christchurch

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Christchurch is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 14/person
($ 10.3 to $ 18)

16% 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
($ 26 to $ 42)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.2/person
($ 6.2 to $ 9)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6.2 for 500ml
($ 5.5 to $ 6.9)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.6 for 330ml
($ 2.7 to $ 4.8)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 3 to $ 3.7)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.8/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.7)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.7/bottle
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Christchurch

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Christchurch is 39% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 90/night
( $ 90)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 66/night
($ 47 to $ 84)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 108/night
($ 75 to $ 158)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 108/night
($ 77 to $ 155)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 223/night
($ 121 to $ 324)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 58/month
($ 47 to $ 71)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 112/month
($ 79 to $ 167)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 106/month
($ 60 to $ 168)

37% 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
$ 125/month
($ 79 to $ 187)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 183/month
($ 130 to $ 269)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Supermarket food budget in Christchurch

On average, the price of supermarket food in Christchurch is 9% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.7 to $ 2.4)

118% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.8/500g
($ 1.3 to $ 2)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 2.2/kg
($ 2 to $ 3.2)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.2/12 eggs
($ 2.5 to $ 4.2)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.9/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 8.2)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.2/kg
($ 6.9 to $ 9.7)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3.1/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 3.5)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.5/kg
($ 2 to $ 2.7)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.4/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 4.8)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.1)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.8/salad
($ 1.3 to $ 3.1)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 14/kg
($ 9.7 to $ 18)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Christchurch

On average, the price of transport in Christchurch is 5% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.3/ticket
($ 1.8 to $ 2.7)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 76/month
($ 53 to $ 94)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.3/km
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

22% 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)

96% 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)
$ 3.5
($ 2 to $ 4.2)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 14/24hrs
($ 1.2 to $ 58)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Christchurch

On average, the cost of housing in Christchurch is 12% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 127/month
($ 77 to $ 161)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

100% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 58/month
($ 42 to $ 69)

17% 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)
$ 999/month
($ 826 to $ 1101)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1426
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 817/month
($ 689 to $ 962)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1139
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1419/month
($ 654 to $ 1927)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2297
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1271/month
($ 1101 to $ 1377)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1808
Gym
Gym
$ 46/month
($ 28 to $ 70)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 766/month
($ 551 to $ 861)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 995
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 8942/yr
($ 4128 to $ 13756)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17403

Leisure activity budget in Christchurch

On average, budget for leisure activities in Christchurch is 31% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 10.3/ticket
($ 7.5 to $ 13)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 9.3/hr
($ 2.7 to $ 14)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Christchurch

On average, shopping budget in Christchurch is 51% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 20/pack
($ 18 to $ 22)

127% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 83
($ 69 to $ 104)

71% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 49
($ 29 to $ 84)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 98
($ 70 to $ 132)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 116
($ 70 to $ 173)

12% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

London → Christchurch
London → Christchurch
London → Christchurch
$ 1375
(fair price: $ 0)
Sydney → Christchurch
Sydney → Christchurch
Sydney → Christchurch
$ 406
(fair price: $ 361)
Melbourne → Christchurch
Melbourne → Christchurch
Melbourne → Christchurch
$ 384
(fair price: $ 337)
Manchester → Christchurch
Manchester → Christchurch
Manchester → Christchurch
$ 1412
(fair price: $ 0)
Perth → Christchurch
Perth → Christchurch
Perth → Christchurch
$ 702
(fair price: $ 624)
Auckland → Christchurch
Auckland → Christchurch
Auckland → Christchurch
$ 120
(fair price: $ 104)
Los Angeles → Christchurch
Los Angeles  → Christchurch
Los Angeles  → Christchurch
$ 1321
(fair price: $ 0)
Dublin → Christchurch
Dublin → Christchurch
Dublin → Christchurch
$ 1648
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Christchurch
New York City → Christchurch
New York City → Christchurch
$ 1898
(fair price: $ 1573)
Edinburgh → Christchurch
Edinburgh → Christchurch
Edinburgh → Christchurch
$ 1518
(fair price: $ 0)
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
Toronto (Ontario) → Christchurch
$ 2158
(fair price: $ 1646)

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About this information on the cost of living in Christchurch

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

The information about the cost of living in Christchurch was updated on 19-02-2020.

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