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Speak like a New Zealander

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Kiwis have a distinct accent, unique from any other in the world.  They also have tons of unique slang words – learn a few of New Zealand phrases & words, plus a few Maori words thrown in for good measure, and you’ll soon get the hang of New Zealand language.


  1. Kia ora
    Hello in Maori.

  2. Choice, bro!
    'Choice' is a very versatile word in NZ meaning anything from OK, cool, I agree, I understand, it's been good…to a million other things - but always positive.

  3. Fush and chups
    Fish and chips are a kiwi favourite cooked at the local ‘takeaways’.

  4. Hangi
    A traditional Maori meal cooked over the course of the day in pits in the earth resulting in a very fresh, moist and tasty style of food.

  5. Pakeha
    Coined initially by early Maori to describe European settlers, which has stuck to this day.

  6. Chilly bin
    AKA the esky! An integral part of any summer holiday, sporting event or student gathering, used to keep your beer cool as well as a top seat to sit on.

  7. Jandals
    A phrase unique to New Zealand referring to what we Aussies like to call thongs… and no, we don’t mean the underwear - the footwear!

  8. Bach ("batch")
    A holiday home at the beach.  Usually small and a bit shabby but it’s likely no one will mind you traipsing some sand inside. 

  9. Tiki tour
    A roundabout way to get somewhere – taking the scenic route

  10. Stubbies
    Very short shorts.  Usually worn by males and not leaving much to the imagination – they were big the 80s but some still enjoy donning a pair and standing around the bbq with a beer in hand.



*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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