New Zealanders, or Kiwis are friendly. They are hospitable, generous, warm, lighthearted and kind. We love New Zealanders!
New Zealanders are not Australian
Norwegians are not Swedish, Canadiens are not American, New Zealanders are not Australian.
Outsiders don’t always see the differences, insiders can be defined by them.
Do your best not to confuse them 😉
We’re all speaking english, aren’t we? We’ve made a few ‘murican translations.
Tasty Cheese = Aged Cheddar
Lollies = Candy
Capsicum = Bell Pepper
Cos = Romaine Lettuce
Rocket = Arugula
Kumara = Sweet Potatoes
Coriander = Cilantro
Mince Meats = Ground Meat
Courgette = Zucchini
Banger = sausage/ hot dog
American Mustard = Yellow Mustard
Telegraph Cucumber = English Cucumber
Tomato Sauce ≠ ketchup…it looks like ketchup, but is not the same
Long Black = Americano
Flat White ≠ Cappuccino, they’re similar though
Coffee: You do not order “a coffee.” You can order a Long Black, a Flat White, and in a few rare cases you can get “filter coffee” but don’t order a black coffee, they’ll look at you and wont understand.
Tea: Tea can mean the drink, which unless you request otherwise, will be served in a tea cup, on a saucer, with cream and usually a little lolly on the spoon. Tea can also mean, roughly, something edible in the afternoon which may or may not be served with tea. If you arrive at someone’s home, or a B’n’B in the afternoon, they’ll set up tea for you; by that I mean they will give you milk and something to eat, and you may make tea to your liking, if you wish.
Pies: Picture a little pot pie for the size of a NZ pie, and then forget everything else about that little pie. These tasty calorie bombs can be filled with all kinds of stuff: mince meat, (always in a gravy sauce), egg and bacon, kumara, butter chicken, topped with potatoes, steak and brie… any way you want it, that’s the way you need your pie filled. They have a flaky crust, bottom and top, with warm filling. They’re almost always found under a heat lamp and inside a heated unit. McDonald’s has pies, called Georgie Pies. All grocery stores and all gas stations have pies. Bakeries have them too. If you can’t find a pie, it’s because you are out tramping and there are no shops nearby.
Bread: It’s normal-ish to what you’ll find in the states. The exception being that 100% Whole Grain bread is not a thing. It’s not a thing in Australia either for that matter. If you’re looking for something similar, it’s called wholemeal (not whole grain/ whole wheat) and you can get up to 60% Wholemeal, not higher. Europeans had a general complaint about not having the crusty but tender bread they’re used to, but I don’t think we have a lot of that in the states either.
Ice Cream: Kiwis eat more ice cream per capita than anyone else in the world. Each of them eat (on average) 26 litres of it every year- that’s 7 gallons. Who can blame them though? Their ice cream is delicious! New Zealand is home to many beautiful grass fed dairy cows, and you can taste the goodness.
Heaps = Lots
Chilly Bin = Cooler
Pram = Stroller
Lift = Elevator
Trolley = Shopping Cart
Trundler = Shopping Cart
Motorway = Highway
Reckon = Think
Car Park = Parking Lot
Footie or Football = Rugby
Grid Iron = American Football
Backpacker(s) = Hostel
POME = Prisoner of Mother England
JAFA = Just another f’ing Aucklander
When someone is saying what you’ve done or said is awesome they’re likely to say:
“Sweet as Mate”
When they’re asking how you are doing, or what’s up, they’ll say:
“How ya going”
When they have something bad, negative or rude they’ll say:
Nothing. As a rule, kiwis are incredibly polite, courteous and kind. They do tease though, so take a joke when they give you one.
I’m going to be brazenly American here; Kiwis and the rest of the commonwealth drive on the wrong side of the road. You’re in the land of the Metric system, so gas is in litres, and distance in kms. That being said, it’s pretty simple to get around once you know the system. The North Island has pretty standard roads and highways. Except that the lanes are smaller, so the cars are smaller, even the mack trucks appear to be a squished mini-version of “american sized” semis.
The South Island is a bit more rustic.
Say goodbye to the shoulder, you wont have one.
Along the west coast there are countless single-lane bridges. When you approach one you see either “give way” or a large white arrow on the road indicating you have the right of way. Stopping before a one lane bridge does give you great out-the-window photo ops.
To get around the coasts, you’ll spend most of your time on winding highways with one lane each direction, with no median or shoulder. Every terrifying moment of driving is worth it for those once-in-a-lifetime, all to yourself views.