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Cost of Living in New Zealand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 19, 2023

Summary: The cost of living in New Zealand is generally considered to be quite high. A nice one bedroom apartment in New Zealand can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 USD per month, while a nice two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,500 USD per month. The cost of dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in New Zealand is usually around $20 to $30 USD per person.

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Is the cost of living in New Zealand high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in New Zealand, they wrote:

"The cost of living in New Zealand varies depending on the city and lifestyle. Generally, the cost of living in New Zealand is higher than in many other countries, with the average cost of living in Auckland being the highest. Rent, groceries, and transportation are all more expensive than in other countries. However, the cost of living in New Zealand is offset by the high quality of life, with excellent healthcare, education, and infrastructure," explained one expat living in New Zealand.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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