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 Living Costs in New Zealand

What do things cost in New Zealand?

International students may find that the price of some consumer and grocery items are less expensive than what they pay back home (such as dairy products, meat, or electronic products and computers); while some other costs (such as eating out, buying a new car, a mobile plan or paying their monthly power bill) may be somewhat higher than what is expected in their home country. Overall, the pricing of most goods and services is more or less on par with those countries of a similar standard and quality of living.

A sales tax (Goods and Service Tax) of 15% applies to all purchases of goods and services.

Tipping is not a customary practice in New Zealand.

Below are the indicators of some common costs in New Zealand. Please note that these figures are only indicatory, and the actual costs/prices will vary depending on lifestyle, location and provider/supplier of goods and services:

• Accommodation: $120 (if you share a flat) up to $360 per week (1 bedroom apartment)
• Electricity bills: $100-150 in summer/$150-200 in winter (per month)
• Posting a letter within New Zealand: price starts from $1.20
• Posting a letter overseas: price starts from $2.40
• A cup of coffee: $3.50-$5.00
• Eating out at a restaurant: $8.00-$40.00 per person
• Big Mac Combo at McDonald's: $11.00
• Local phone calls from a landline home phone: free
• Prepaid mobile phones available from $60
• Computer (laptop): prices start from $800
• Internet connection: pricing plans start from $15 per month (dial-up), $40 per month (broadband)
• Movies: $10 to $18 per person
• Bus fare: $1.50-2.00 per person per ride
• Used car: prices start from $2,000