Buy me love? The cost of a date night in NZ and around the world

They say love don’t cost a thing, but a new survey has revealed that, in fact, the average Kiwi date night clocks in at $132, with those in Queenstown paying the most of all ($158). Yet, even this cost is still cheaper than the average date night in many other world cities.

• An average date night in NZ costs $132
• Queenstown is NZ’s priciest big city for romance, with an average date costing $158
• At $119 each, Rotorua and Palmerston North are NZ’s cheapest cities for romance
• Globally, the average cost for a date in NZD is $118

• The most expensive date night worldwide is in Oslo, Norway ($186) and the cheapest is in Bogotá, Columbia ($60)

The cost of a date night in NZ

A new analysis from premium dating site EliteSingles has delved into the cost of love, revealing that a typical date night in New Zealand (consisting of a mid-range dinner for two, a shared bottle of wine, two cinema tickets, and an 8km taxi ride home) will set you back an average of $132.1

However, some big cities are pricier than others: the aforementioned date costs an average of $140 in Hamilton, $142 in Auckland, and – most expensive of all – $158 in Queenstown.

If you’d like to save a few bucks, then Palmerston North and Rotorua might become your dating destinations of choice: an average date night in either city is only $119. Other more wallet-friendly Kiwi cities include Wellington ($127), Tauranga ($128), and Dunedin ($129). Meanwhile, both Christchurch and New Plymouth come in at $130.

Cost of a date in 10 Kiwi cities

  1. Queenstown: $158
  2. Auckland: $142
  3. Hamilton: $140
  4. Christchurch: $130/
  5. New Plymouth: $130
  6. Dunedin: $129
  7. Tauranga: $128
  8. Wellington: $127
  9. Palmerston North: $119/
  10. Rotorua: $119

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The cost of a date night around the world

As well as looking at the cost of love in NZ, the premium online dating company examined the average cost of a date night in 25 cities around the world.

Using the same criteria for a ‘typical’ date night, and converting local currencies into NZD, the analysis revealed that the average global cost of a date is $118.

A Kiwi date night is therefore pricier than the global average. That said, a date in global city like Auckland is still cheaper than the same date in many other major global cities, including Hong Kong, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, New York, Tokyo, and Oslo.

Oslo is in fact the world’s most expensive place to have a romantic date night, with a typical evening setting you back an eye-watering $186. At the other end of the scale is Bogotá, where the same date adds up to a mere $60.

Cost of a date (in NZD) in 25 major global cities

  1. Oslo, Norway: $186
  2. Tokyo, Japan: $176
  3. New York, USA: $167
  4. Stockholm, Sweden: $158
  5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: $157
  6. London, UK: $153
  7. Hong Kong: $147
  8. Auckland, New Zealand: $142
  9. Paris, France: $138
  10. Sydney, Australia: $134
  11. Toronto, Canada: $128
  12. Singapore: $121
  13. Shanghai, China (PRC): $118
  14. Berlin, Germany: $109
  15. Barcelona, Spain: $106/
  16. Seoul, South Korea: $106
  17. Rio di Janerio, Brazil: $99
  18. Moscow, Russia: $92/
  19. Taipei, Taiwan (ROC): $92
  20. Nairobi, Kenya: $91
  21. Mumbai, India: $76
  22. Istanbul, Turkey: $74
  23. Mexico City, Mexico: $70
  24. Cape Town, South Africa: $63
  25. Bogotá, Columbia: $60

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For more on this study, please see our in-depth article

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