About Us

About Us

Cameron and Amanda are a young and energetic couple who have travelled New Zealand extensively and enjoy being out on the road.... more

Cam and Amanda are amazing New Zealand guides!! If you're at all interested in visiting NZ I highly recommend you travel with these two!!

- Kristen, Brockport NY

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 Kiwi Slang / New Zealand Slang

New Zealander's are referred to as Kiwis - not the fruit, but instead the native bird. This is just the beginning of Kiwi Slang and Lingo. Lingo? Language/Local Slang.

We're not here to confuse you, it's going to be hard enough as we speak too fast and we sound funny. So the below will give you a bit of an idea on what you're in for. Of course, it's not all here, and it is also impossible to replicate the mumbling that many Kiwi's are famous for, however, we will make sure your guide enunciates so you can then ask him what he meant.

Oh - and below is not in alphabetical order - our page is as haphazard as we speak!

 

Sweet As
 

 Cool or Awesome

Kiwi
 New Zealanders - Also a native bird to New Zealand
No Worries
 It's OK / Not a Problem
She'll be Right
 It's OK / Not a Problem
Haka Maori war dance, commonly used by national sports teams
Hangi
 Traditional style of Maori cooking
Jandals
 Flip Flops / Thongs
Thongs
 G-String style underwear
Tomato Sauce  Ketchup
Yeah, nah bro
 This is an indecisive phrase, followed by an explanation
Bro

Brother or good friend
You're all good
 It's OK, thank you
Pavlova  Meringue, smothered in whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Lamingtons
 

 Vanilla Sponge squares, dipped in chocolate and then rolled in coconut, served with whipped cream and jam. Cam's mum makes these for us - YUM

Jam
 Fruit preserve/Jelly
Jelly
 Jello
Pharlap  Famous Horse born in New Zealand during 1920’s (see him at Te Papa Museum)
Knackered
 Tired/Exhausted
Long Drop  Small outhouse over a pit, with no flushing mechanism 
Cuzzie or Cuz
 Cousin. Also used instead of "Bro"
Motorway
 Highway
Jersey or Jumper
 Pull Over / Fleece / Sweater
Duvet
 Doona / Comforter
Serviette  Napkin
Feijoa A popular garden tree and the fruit is commonly eaten which is green and sweet.
Pakaru
 Not working / Broken
Skull  Drink all of your beverage (normally alcoholic) in one go without a breath
Skint
 Broke / poor / no money
GC Good Chap. Kiwi’s will commonly change the word “Chap” to another word starting with C which I will not write here in case of causing offence! 
Shorts  Short pants
Stubbie Can of Beer or very short pants that men wear, especially farmers and rugby players
Ta
 Thank You
Hot Chips
 French Fries
Chips Crisps
Dairy Corner Store
Eh Eh? as in Pardon?
Flannel Face Cloth
Hard Case
 Funny person - "Yeah, he's quite a hard case"
Mate Friend - "Thanks Mate"
Chur Thank You - "Chur Bro"
Piss
 Alcohol "I'm on the piss"
Sunday Driver
 Slow driver normally well below speed limit
Wop-Wops Middle of nowhere
The Boonies
 Middle of nowhere
Tramping Hiking
Torch Flashlight
Tu Meke Awesome, good job
Waka Maori Canoe - also what we commonly refer to the bus as - "land waka"
Not Even Not true
Not Even Ow 

Not true Ow

Ow Not really a meaning to this, just gives the phrase being used more emphasis
Gawk Stare e.g. "stop gawking at me"
Red Bands
  A truely iconic brand of Gumboots (Wellingtons) made in New Zealand. Come on, grab your Red Bands and I'll take ya out on a tour of the farm.
Heaps Lots - e.g. yeah there are heaps of sheep in New Zealand.
You alright?
 A question used in greeting, basically meaning"how are you?". Amanda uses this often and finds she worries passengers into thinking that she thinks that they are sick. Whoops!
G String
 Thong style underwear.
Gumboots Wellingtons / Out door water proof boots.
Bogans  A person with an unsophisticated background, or whose speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplify a lack of manners and education. Google "Outrageous Fortune" a NZ TV Show...this helps give you a visual!
Westie Referring to West Aucklanders, who many believe appear to be Bogans. Again, Google "Outrageous Fortune".....
Cuppa Refers to a cup of tea or coffee - we do tend to speak quickly & merge our words, so "cup of tea" became "cuppa tea".
Squizz Take a look - "Here let me have a squizz".
Flat Out
 

"Oh man, he was just roaring down the motorway going flat out!". AKA "Oh man, he was going very fast down the highway".

Motor Way
 High way
Hard Out
  "Oh yeah hard out!" meaning "I totally agree!".
Hard Bro
 "Hard Bro, hard" bascially in agreement with their friend.
'P' Methamphetamine/Ice - called "P" due to the Pseudoephedrine used to manufacture the drug.
Dear 

Expensive - "that shop is dear"

Pretty We use this two ways - to tell you that you are pretty/beautiful (all of our passengers are!) or to over extend "that shop is pretty dear", "yeah it's pretty expensive"
Takeaways
Fast food
Munted Broken / Not Working / Damaged
Suss
 To investigate, short for suspect - "I need to suss it out first"  or  "he does look a bit suss"
Chocka Full or overflowing "the bus is chocka today!"
Bach (pronounced BATCH)
 A holiday home.
Crib Those in the South Island refer to a Bach as a Crib.
Togs
Swimsuit
Eh?  What? Pardon? pronounced "ay"
Eh Used at the end of a sentence when you're not really asking a question, more providing a statement that you want confirmation for such as "it's really hot today, eh"

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