Auckland preview

New Zealand

Accommodation:

A 3-bedroom rental ranges from $270 per week for a basic, no-frills house or apartment to $750 to $900 a week or more for an “executive home”. You can pay up to $2000 per week or more for a luxury property with all the bells and whistles, and whilst the Rugby World Cup is on, some home owners are looking to cash-in and are charging anywhere up to $21,000 per week.

A no-frills, 3-bedroom city apartment can be purchased for as little as $179,000, with more average prices in the $300,000s and $400,000s. Luxury units range from the $700,000s into the multi-millions.

A simple 3-bedroom house can be purchased for around $300,000 in the outer suburbs, and as with apartments, prices range up into the multi-millions for more exclusive locations. If looking to live close to the city centre, budget around $450,000 to $750,000 for a decent sized house.

Utilities:

  • Water: Average bill is $30+ per month for a family of 4.
  • Electricity: Average of $100+ a month for a family of 4.
  • Gas: Average of $100+ a month for a family of 4.
  • Phone: Average of $80 per month for a landline + ADSL2 broadband

Food

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