How Much Does New Zealand Cost? izy August 9, 2013 Travel Tips One of the first things I try to figure out before I go anywhere is how much it’s going to cost. Expensive places scare me a little, as someone who travels on a tightish budget, being aware of how much somewhere is going to cost before I land is really important to me. I thought it’d be helpful for those considering the move or just a holiday to New Zealand get the run down on a bunch of current prices. Here’s my rough guide to what New Zealand costs: Please note, everything is listed in New Zealand dollars. Accommodation costs: Rent in an apartment or house for one room: generally between $100-200 per week. More in Auckland and more if you want an apartment in a great location, or something pretty spacious. ©Phillip Capper A 2-3 bedroom house or apartment will generally range upwards of $300, with main cities costing considerably more. In Christchurch, I have a three bedroom city-centre apartment for $360 per week. A night’s accommodation in a hostel: $20-30 is standard A night’s accommodation in a hotel: $150-200 is standard, if you want something nicer the sky is really the limit with the price. Food costs: Food is expensive in New Zealand… be warned! 2 litres of milk: usually around $4-5 A loaf of bread: anywhere between $3-7 Kg of chicken breast: $12-20 Bills: Electricity tends to run at around $100-300 a month depending on energy requirements Internet and phone bills are $60-130 per month Phone bills depend heavily on your plan, but a basic phone plan can cost from $19 per week Cheap fast food takeaway meal: $8-15 Meal in a mid range restaurant: $20-30 Meal in an expensive restaurant: $30-50 Beer in bar: $9-12 ©Tom Law Transport costs: Petrol tends to hover around the $2.20 mark per litre Buses around the city are around $3.00-5.50 depending on which city you are in. Buses between cities vary considerably depending on time of year and how far in advance you book. Naked bus often offer $1 specials between destinations. Domestic flights: Anywhere from $29 one way, right into the hundreds. It pays to book in advance if you can. Flights to Australia: You can get to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney for upwards of $139 for a basic fare. Other destinations are more expensive, especially Perth. If you’re planning to work here, you should know that the median wage is $50,000 per year. Minimum wage is set at $13.75 per hour. That equates to around $550 a week if you work full time. If you come to New Zealand and work on a working holiday visa, make sure you’re earning at least that much – many foreigners get scammed out of the minimum wage which is a real shame. If you have any questions about specific prices, feel free to ask! I’m more than happy to ask. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.