New Zealand’s Living Costs
The living costs of New Zealand are comparable to other Western countries.. While you will find some things more expensive, you will also find many to be cheaper. Be smart with your budget, take advantage of discounts and engage in the many free events and activities year round in New Zealand.
An Internship abroad is never going to be cheap. If planned well however, you will be surprised how much you can save.
Approximate Daily Living Costs
|Accommodation (comfortable and close to internship)||$25-$32|
|Entertainment (includes the odd weekend trip, pub crawl (4 drinks for $10))||$15|
|Travel (sometimes walking distance, maximum of $10)||$0-$10|
|Food (Self-cooked, no Lunch purchases, occasional dinner)||$8||Total||$60|
The total approximate daily spend of an intern in accomodation close to their internship, who goes out semi-frequently, cooks at home and goes on the occasional weekend trips with activities is 60 New Zealand Dollars per day.
- Rent out your current room to avoid double living expenses
- Check if your University or government offer grants for going abroad
- Discuss your ideas in advance with your family, they might be able to provide you with a bit of sponsorship
- Do the Internship as part of your degree so you receive credits from your University, while being in New Zealand
- Plan ahead! Sign up before it is too close to your deadline. The sooner you have an Internship, the more time you have to plan all of the above.
- Check daily deal websites eg. Grabone.co.nz, Groupon.co.nz for their specials.
It is important to make a careful budget before coming to New Zealand. Be sure to budget for:
- Our New Zealand Internship Program Fee
- Flight ticket (approx $1600 return from Europe)
- Visa Fee (approx. $175)
- Insurance (approx. $1 per day)
- Room rental. Rent per week including utilities (Auckland North Shore – $190; Auckland city centre – $220) Tenancy Bond (approx. $400 It will be refunded at the end of your stay, minus any damages or charges)
- Cost of living – Food, transport and basic essentials
- Enough left over to make sure you can take part in the amazing activities New Zealand offers:
- Bungee & Skydive
- Zorb or Rafting
- Diving & Sailing
- Visit Australia, Fiji or one of the other Islands
- We organise in-house day and weekend trips away. They are a cost-effective and fun way to take part in all the “must-dos and sees”. Make sure you check out our activities page.
General Price guidelines
The information below indicates the average price in New Zealand. All prices are mentioned in New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and are current as of 2017.
|Sushi (1 Peice)||$1|
|Basic meal in an inexpensive restaurant (main course)||$12-15|
|Large Pizza (Dominos, Pizza Hut)||$5|
|Domestic beer in bar||$7|
|Bottle of wine (750ml)||$10|
|Box of 12 bottles of beer (supermarket)||$20-25|
|Loaf of Bread||$1|
|Packet of dried pasta (500g)||$2|
|1L of milk||$2.50|
|Peanut Butter Jam/Jar (375g)||$2.50|
|Beef Mince (1kg)||$12|
|Rent – Student Housing||$185 + $25|
|Rent – Homestay||$235|
|Rent – Apartment||$245|
|Use of Washing machine or Dryer (1 use)||$3|
|Hostel (shared Dorm)||$25-30|
|One-way ticket (covers most of Central Auckland)||$3.50|
|Taxi 1km (normal tariff rates)||$2.80|
|Petrol 1 liter||$1.80|
|Standard car rental||$80|
Activities & Leisure
|Gym membership (Student deal, Unlimited)||$10-14|
|Waiheke Island return ferry trip||$36|
|All inclusive weekend trip away||$150-300|
New Zealand Internships organises regularly weekend and day trips, leaving from Auckland, to some of the best destinations in the North Island. Driver, experience guide, accommodation and food is included. Please refer to our activities page or visit our website at Student Trips for more pricing information.