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If you've ever thought of moving to Australia from New Zealand, one of the things you should know is the cost of living in both countries.

Which would be a better place for you to live? Which country has a lower cost of living? How will it affect your income and quality of life? 

First, what is cost of living? According to Investopedia, “cost of living is the amount of money needed to sustain a certain level of living including basic expenses such as housing, food, taxes and health care.”

Where would you be better off if you were earning an equivalent amount of money with the same value? Australia or New Zealand?

New Zealand has a lower cost of living than Australia. You’ll likely pay less for everything there.

  • The cost of living in each country is an average set of data. It varies from city to city. Products in metropolitan cities are more expensive. Living in Melbourne, for example, is very different from living in a rural area like Mataranka.
  • How much you spend per product depends on the city you live in. Residents in Auckland enjoy a lower cost of living than those in Sydney, but spend higher than residents in Canberra.
  • Australia has a higher population than New Zealand. The population of Australia is about 25 million, and there are about 5 million people in New Zealand.
  • The cost of living isn't all about listing the prices of goods and noting which ones are higher. Local purchasing power comes into play here too.

In order to know which country is cheaper to live in, let’s look at 11 everyday factors that characterise living a good life.

In our analysis, we used data from government sites and cost of living database sites like numbeo.

Most of the prices are based on individual purchases made in Australian dollars in both countries. There are exceptions and they have been indicated.


New Zealand has a Lower Cost of Living in the Following Areas:


Whether you rent an apartment or buy one in Australia, you’ll spend more.

It doesn’t matter whether you live, in the city centre or on the outskirts, be prepared to spend $200 and above if you’re renting, or $600,000 and above if you’re buying. However, long-term mortgage interest rates are cheaper in Australia.

Food and Restaurant:

The price difference in food items is minimal. It’s $1 or $2 for individual items. Food items like bread, rice, beef, fruits and vegetables, water and drinks are cheaper in New Zealand. Chicken breasts and dairy products such as milk and eggs are cheaper in Australia. Milk, fruits and vegetables are fresher in New Zealand, so you get better quality. You’ll benefit from New Zealand’s low-priced fresh food if you are on a healthy diet.

In Australia, domestic beer and fast foods are cheaper, while New Zealand has lower prices for drinks and restaurants meals.

Clothing and Shoes:

The clothes and shoes you wear will be determined by your job and the season of the year. Australia has more extreme weather. It can get very hot in the summer and much colder in winter. This affects your wardrobe, causing you to spend more. Clothing and shoes are also cheaper in New Zealand.

The price differences in casual clothes such as jeans, summer dresses and Nike shoes are slight, but they add up as you buy more clothing. Men’s business shoes, however, are cheaper in Australia. This is because there are more male professionals in Australia.

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Unlike many other movers, we will provide you with a fixed quote based on your specific list of items.

Should you wish to add or remove any items, we will adjust our fixed quote accordingly. Hence, no nasty surprises at the end of the move process.

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  • We will listen to your individual needs and requirements.
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Free In-Home Consultation:

Free In-Home Consultation:

If you are moving the majority of your household items from New Zealand to Australia, one of Ausmoves experienced relocation consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs. Learn more about moving to Australia from NZ.

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