Living Expenses 2018-03-15T09:07:19+00:00

Living Expenses New Zealand

The living expenses in 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.

The information below indicates some of the average prices in New Zealand. All prices are mentioned in New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and are current as of 2018 and subject to change.

Weekly NZD USD EURO POUNDS
Food & Takeaway $ 50.00 $ 36.00 € 30.00 £ 27.00
1 Weekend trip per month $ 50.00 $ 36.00 € 30.00 £ 27.00
Nightlife – Pubcrawl $ 15.00 $ 10.00 € 9.00 £ 8.00
Additional Options
Gym – Student Rate $ 7.00 $ 5.00 € 4.00 £ 4.00
Wifi 2GB $ 14.00 $ 13.00 € 8.00 £ 7.00
Bus to Internship per week $ 25.00 $ 19.00 € 15.00 £ 13.00
Total per week $ 161.00 $ 119.00 € 93.00 £ 86.00

Accommodation Prices

Auckland Suburbs Auckland City Wellington Christchurch Queenstown Homestay Hostel
$ 210.00 $ 260.00 $ 275.00 $ 210.00 $ 210.00 $ 250.00 $275.00

Rent in New Zealand is comparable to the larger cities back home. You basically can cross off the housing expenses you have back home compared to New Zealand. Housing in New Zealand will cost about 260NZD per week in Auckland city centre (including bills & fully furnished). As soon as you go to other areas or a little bit out of the city centre, then rent will drop accordingly to about 210 NZD per week in the suburbs of Auckland (also including bills & fully furnished). 

Budgeting your internship in New Zealand

It is important to make a careful budget before coming to New Zealand. Be sure to budget for:

  • The New Zealand Internship Program Fee
  • Flight ticket
  • Visa Fee (approx. $175)
  • Insurance (approx. $1 per day)
  • Amazing activities in New Zealand
    • 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.