Cost of Living
In general, while some things may seem more expensive and others cheaper, overall the cost of living in New Zealand is comparable to what you will find in any OECD country. To give you more of an idea – one independent international survey ranked Auckland 61st in the world in terms of its cost of living, and Wellington 83rd, far better than other major cities. More expensive cities included Hong Kong (2), Singapore (4), Shanghai (6), London (12), New York (16), Guangzhou (15), Sydney (31) and Melbourne (47) – showing that comparatively, New Zealand’s major metropolitan areas are more affordable than those in other countries.
Average personal income from wages and salaries in 2014 was NZ$51,532. However, many households have other people working too, and for households receiving wages and salaries, average annual income from all sources was NZ$88,712.