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Average Flat Rental Rates In NZ’s Biggest Cities

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Housing and household utilities remain the largest expense for Kiwis, eating up almost 24.8% of their weekly budget. As Kiwis move out of the countryside and into the city for better work opportunities, this household expense is mostly used to pay flat rents. 

It’s important to find a manageable flat rental rate as it can easily add up in your expenses. We’ve collated different flat rates in four of the biggest cities in New Zealand.

Auckland

As the economic and financial centre of New Zealand, it’s no wonder that Auckland is where most Kiwis move for work. It’s the country’s biggest city by population, which also translates to high cost of living due to high demand. Of course, the nearer you are in the CBD, the more expensive your flat rental becomes. 

Aucklanders pay an average rental fee of $460 per week for one or two-bedroom flats depending on location. Three to four-bedroom flats will set you $630 per week. In the central suburbs, a two-bedroom flat will cost you $510 per week, and $645 per week for three-bedroom flats. Prices were last recorded on 31st January 2019.

Here are the average prices of unfurnished two-bedroom flats per location.

Location

Average rental/week

Avondale

$420

Blockhouse Bay / New Windsor

$450

Epsom

$510

Grafton / Newton

$600

Great Barrier / Waiheke Islands

$430

Grey Lynn / Arch Hill

$595

Meadowbank

$477

Mt Albert / Owairaka

$470

Mt Eden

$485

One Tree Hill / Royal Oak

$510

Onehunga / Oranga / Te Papapa

$480

Orakei / Mission Bay

$522

Otahuhu

$400

Parnell

$600

Point Chevalier

$500

Ponsonby / Freemans Bay

$570

Remuera

$520

St Helliers / Glendowie

$532

Three Kings

$480

Wesley / Mt Roskill

(Source: ENZ.org)

$450

Wellington 

New Zealand’s capital may not be its biggest city, but it surely has its own set of quirks. Dubbed as the world’s “coolest little capital,” Kiwis flock to the city to find jobs in agriculture, mining, manufacturing, construction, and retail industries. With more and more Kiwis moving to the city, it ranked third with the most expensive housing market in the country, as per 16th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.

Wellingtonians pay an average rental fee of $450 per week for one or two-bedroom flats, while $645 per week for three to four-bedroom apartments. Oriental Bay and Seatoun — two of the most posh neighbourhoods in the capital city — will set you $595 per week for two-bedroom flats. Prices are based on the figures released by TradeMe last January 2019.

Here are the average prices of unfurnished two-bedroom flats per location.

Location

Average rental/week

Kapiti Coast – Paraparaumu / Raumati

$355

Kapiti Coast – Waikanae / Otaki

$355

Lower Hutt – Epuni / Avalon

$420

Lower Hutt – Haywards / Western Hills

$377

Lower Hutt – Hutt Central / Waterloo

$430

Lower Hutt – Moera / Waiwhetu

$400

Lower Hutt – Petone West / Alicetown

$370

Lower Hutt – Taita / Naenae

$355

Porirua – Titahi Bay / Onepoto / Elsdon

$335

Upper Hutt – Heretaunga / Silverstream

$350

Upper Hutt – Totara Park / Maoribank / Te Marua

$360

Upper Hutt – Trentham North / Wallaceville

$340

Upper Hutt – Trentham West / Eldersley / Clouston Park

$322

Wellington – Brooklyn

$480

Wellington – Hataitai

$450

Wellington – Island Bay / Melrose

$430

Wellington – Johnsonville / Newlands

$420

Wellington – Karori

$450

Wellington – Kelburn / Aro Valley

$500

Wellington – Khandallah

$480

Wellington – Kilbirnie / Lyall Bay

$450

Wellington – Miramar / Strathmore

$480

Wellington – Mt Victoria / Roseneath

$500

Wellington – Ngaio / Kaiwharawhara / Wilton

$405

Wellington – Oriental Bay / Seatoun

$595

Wellington – Tawa / Grenada North

$350

Wellington – Wadestown / Thordon

(Source: ENZ.org)

$490

Christchurch

Christchurch is the third-largest city in New Zealand, and the biggest in all of South Island. Unlike the two larger cities, it boasts a mix of artsy and formal vibes, which has attracted many creatives all over the country and the world. It’s one of the most visited cities in NZ, which has made it the most expensive housing market as well, according to the 16th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.

Christchurch residents pay an average rental fee of $350 per week for one or two-bedroom flats. Depending on which part of the city you live in, the average rental fee for three or four-bedroom flats can cost up to $450 per week. The Tenancy Services Division shows that Redcliffs and Sumner are the most expensive communities in the city, costing $377 per week for two-bedroom flats and $470 per week for three-bedroom flats.

Here are the average prices of unfurnished two-bedroom flats per location.

Location

Average rental/week

Aranui / Bromley / Bexley

$287

Avonhead / Yaldhurst

$350

Bishopdale / Papanui

$360

Burnside / Harewood

$375

Burwood / Dallington / Avondale

$357

Fendalton / Strowan / Bryndwr

$370

Hillmorton / Hoon Hay

$315

Hornby / Islington / Hei Hei

$330

Ilam / Westburn

$360

Linwood / Phillipstown

$300

Merivale / St Albans West

$350

North Beach / New Brighton / Southshore

$320

Redcliffs / Sumner

$377

Riccarton

$357

St Albans East / Edgeware

$300

St Martins / Beckenham / Huntsbury

$367

Sydenham / Waltham

$320

Westmorland / Cashmere / Barrington

(Source: ENZ.org)

$345

Hamilton

Hamilton is the largest city in the interior of North Island. Being located at the banks of the Waikato River, the city has a laid-back vibe and a great nightlife, overlooking the glistening waters of the river. Most Kiwis move into the city for job opportunities in agriculture, food processing, energy, and pastoral farming. The city is also a hot destination for international students and expats.

Hamiltonians pay an average rental fee of $375 per week for one or two-bedroom flats and  $480 per week for three or four-bedroom apartments. This is based on the figures of Trade Me Property released in February 2019. These numbers don’t include the city of Hamilton only; it also includes its suburbs and other surrounding communities in the Waikato region.

Here are the average prices of unfurnished two-bedroom flats per location, as per ENZ.

Location

Average rental/week

Hamilton – Claudelands

$300

Hamilton – Deanwell / Melville / Fitzroy

$340

Hamilton – Dinsdale North / Nawton

$355

Hamilton – Dinsdale South / Frankton

$360

Hamilton – Fairfield / Fairview Downs

$350

Hamilton – Hamilton Central / Maeroa / Frankton Junction

$285

Hamilton – Hillcrest / Silverdale / Tamahere

$340

Hamilton – Te Kowhai / St Andrews / Queenwood

$380

Hamilton – University / Hamilton East

$320

Hauraki District

$245

Matamata / Piako District

$285

Otorohanga / Waitomo – Both Districts

$225

South Waikato District

$190

Taupo – Taupo Central / Tauhara

$297

Taupo – Taupo West / Taupo South

$300

Thames / Coromandel District

$292

Waipa – Cambridge / Leamington

$345

Waipa – Te Awamutu

(Source: ENZ.org)

$290

Rent isn’t the only one of the many costs in flat living

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