New Zealand City Comparisons

Auckland | Wellington | Christchurch | NI Cities | SI Cities

We compare New Zealand’s cities. New Zealand’s 2011 Census was delayed until March 2013 following the Christchurch earthquake, therefore some data is not as up to date as usual.

Auckland

City
References
Location
Finder
Total
Population
People’s
Ethnicity
from
Census

Note
Percentage
People
Born
Overseas
Median
House
Price
May 2012
Note
Median
Personal
Income
2006
Note
Auckland
North
Shore
map-auckland 226,000 New Zealander 10%
European 67%
Maori 6%
Pacific 3%
Asian 19%
Other 2%
40% $590,000 $29,100
Auckland
West
map-auckland 205,000 New Zealander 8%
European 59%
Maori 13%
Pacific 15%
Asian 16%
Other 2%
32% $401,000 $26,100
Auckland
City
map-auckland 577,000 New Zealander 8%
European 54%
Maori 8%
Pacific 13%
Asian 24%
Other 2%
38% $520,500 $28,000
Auckland
South
map-auckland 480,000 New Zealander 5%
European 41%
Maori 15%
Pacific 28%
Asian 21%
Other 2%
38% $457,000 $24,200

Household Incomes

In 2011, median household incomes in New Zealand ranged from $73,996 per annum in the Auckland region to $54,288 per annum in Northland.

In 2011, the average household income in Wellington was $88,972; Auckland was $86,632; and Canterbury was $79,092.

In 2011, New Zealand’s median annual household income was $67,028.

In 2011, New Zealand’s average household income (from all sources of income) was $79,300.

Other Northern Cities

City

References

Location
Finder
Total
Population
People’s
Ethnicity
from
Census

Note
Percentage
People
Born
Overseas
Median
House
Price
May 2012
Note
Median
Personal
Income
2006
Note
Whangarei District map-whangarei 79,000 New Zealander 12%
European 72%
Maori 25%
Pacific 2%
Asian 2%
Other < 1%
14% $310,000 $22,500
Hamilton City map-hamilton 141,000 New Zealander 11%
European 65%
Maori 20%
Pacific 4%
Asian 11%
Other 1%
21% $335,000 $24,000
Tauranga City map-tauranga 113,000 New Zealander 14%
European 75%
Maori 16%
Pacific 2%
Asian 3%
Other 1%
16% $356,000 $23,200

Central Cities

City

References

Location
Finder
Total
Population
People’s
Ethnicity
from
Census

Note
Percentage
People
Born
Overseas
Median
House
Price
May 2012
Note
Median
Personal
Income
2006
Note
New
Plymouth
District
map-Plymouth 72,000 New Zealander 14%
European 77%
Maori 14%
Pacific 1%
Asian 3%
Other < 1%
13% $318,000 $22,800
Napier City map-Napier 57,000 New Zealander 14%
European 72%
Maori 18%
Pacific 3%
Asian 3%
Other < 1%
14% $283,000 $22,700
Palmerston
North
City
map-Palmerston 80,000 New Zealander 17%
European 71%
Maori 15%
Pacific 4%
Asian 7%
Other 1%
17% $268,000 $23,100
Wellington City map-Wellington 196,000 New Zealander 11%
European 70%
Maori 8%
Pacific 5%
Asian 13%
Other 2%
27% $385,000 $32,500

South Island Cities

City

References

Location
Finder
Total
Population
People’s
Ethnicity
from
Census

Note
Percentage
People
Born
Overseas
Median
House
Price
May 2012
Note
Median
Personal
Income
2006
Note
Nelson map-Nelson 45,000 New Zealander 14%
European 80%
Maori 9%
Pacific 2%
Asian 3%
Other < 1%
18% $324,000 $23,100
Christchurch map-Christchurch 373,000 New Zealander 13%
European 75%
Maori 8%
Pacific 3%
Asian 8%
Other < 1%
20% $349,000 $23,400
Dunedin map-Dunedin 124,000 New Zealander 14%
European 79%
Maori 6%
Pacific 2%
Asian 5%
Other < 1%
16% $250,000 $19,400
Invercargill map-Invercargill 52,000 New Zealander 15%
European 78%
Maori 14%
Pacific 3%
Asian 2%
Other < 1%
8% $194,000 $22,000

Comments

  1. Elliot Shayle says:

    I like New Zealand very much, I also would like to live as a British-Kiwi one day, but median (middle) house price isn’t very descriptive. Average house price would be better. But also, does house include apartments e.t.c? Also, what does the money you pay for a house get you?

  2. Thanks for your comment. Average prices are shown here: http://www.enz.org/new-zealand-house-prices.html. House prices are for houses, not apartments.

  3. Anjanette says:

    I am wondering what are the rates of people of african decent in NZ. I am an African-American with a white spouse, here in the USA that is not always welcomed. Am interested in life in NZ and wondering what it would be like for a black and white couple there…

    • Hi Anjanette, Auckland is a cosmopolitan city and the people come from all parts of the world – it is multi-racial. They are more open minded than some of the people in other cities. People of African origin are seldom seen in Tauranga or Hamilton. I have been here three and a half years. I myself am Anglo Indian (ie mixed race) and in smaller towns I was welcome but I felt like I didn’t fit in. I am happier in Auckland.
      I have no clue how Kiwis would react to a mixed race couple but I hope this helps.

    • Being a couple of mixed colour or race is of no consequence in New Zealand .
      Just don’t bring personal prejudices with you and be prepared to assimilate and accepting of our way of life.

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