The most expensive country in the world is New Zealand for British expats | Travel News | Travel

New Zealand tops the charts as the most expensive country in the world for British expats.

An expat told the survey: ‘The cost of living here is too high compared to salaries.’

Another said there was a “growing gap between rich and poor” across New Zealand as the cost of living rose.

Almost half of expats surveyed in New Zealand felt that their disposable income was not enough to lead a comfortable life.


Just over three in 10 expats were unhappy with their financial situation in New Zealand and many struggled to find extra money.

Although house prices have fallen over the past month in New Zealand, home ownership remains out of reach for many.

The average house price in New Zealand is NZ$810,000 (£428,952), with Auckland being the most expensive place to live.

New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world and many expats have found the environment to be beautiful.

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The majority of expats choose to live in one of the main cities of the country like Auckland and Wellington.

However, cheaper places include Rotorua and Waikato on the North Island where property is much more affordable.

Retired residents tend to favor the Bay of Plenty which enjoys a stunning micro-climate all year round.

Average summer temperatures are in the mid-20s and there are over 2,200 hours of sunshine per year.

Scottish expats might like to try the lifestyle in Dunedin, known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand.

Dunedin offers affordable accommodation and plenty of old-world charm with top-notch restaurants and bars.

The cheapest country in the world for British expats is Vietnam, followed closely by Mexico.

Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and India also rank well when it comes to the average cost of living for UK expats.

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