The cost of living in Auckland is quite high compared to other major cities like Toronto and Stockholm. The city ranks 89th out of 209 cities in the Mercer Cost of Living Survey in 2019.

With New Zealand being an island, food cost ends up being higher than one may be used to, as many products have to be imported. The cost of accommodation has also skyrocketed in recent years with more and more expats choosing to settle in Auckland. Luckily, the competitive salaries offered in this economic hub tend to make up for the high cost of living. The standard of living is also great which also makes high prices more bearable. Most expats feel like the prices paid justify the feeling of safety and well being that comes along with life in Auckland.

The cost of accommodation in Auckland

Accommodation is likely to be the biggest expense for anyone moving to Auckland. Like in most countries, rental prices in the city centre tend to be more expensive than those in the suburbs.

Since Auckland is the economic hub of New Zealand, it may be especially hard for expats to find accommodation here. The city is known for being the most expensive in the country when it comes to rental prices. To further complicate the matter, the city’s growing population has further increased the demand for accommodation.

Utilities are generally not included in the rental price of a property, so expats should budget accordingly. On a positive note, accommodation tends to be spacious and good value for money.

The cost of groceries in Auckland

Another big expense in Auckland will be grocery shopping. New Zealand is remotely isolated from many places. Therefore specific groceries often have to be imported. For example, many meat and dairy products in Auckland are imported which makes them more costly than one may be used to. Foreigners can manage their shopping budget by purchasing local goods and taking advantage of the special offers that commonly run at supermarkets and convenience stores.

The cost of transport in Auckland

Public transport in Auckland is reasonably. The city also has monthly and annual transport passes available which cut down the price of transport even further.

Many expats will find that car prices are relatively inexpensive as well. The price for gasoline (petrol) isn’t too high either. While people don't necessarily need a car, especially in the city, it can be useful for expats with families or those who travel regularly for work.

Cost of living in Auckland chart

Note that prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices in Auckland in October 2019.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

NZD 1,880

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

NZD 3,500

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

NZD 1,550

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

NZD 2,700


Dozen eggs


Milk (1 litre)

NZD 2.70

Loaf of white bread

NZD 2.40

Chicken breasts (1kg)

NZD 12.60

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

NZD 30

Utilities/household (monthly)

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

NZD 0.55

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

NZD 84

Basic utilities (average per month for a small apartment)

NZD 169

Eating out and entertainment

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant for two

NZD 90

Big Mac meal 

NZD 11



Coca-Cola (330ml)

NZD 3.50

Local beer (500ml)

NZD 10


Taxi rate per km


City centre public transport


Petrol (per litre)

NZD 2.50