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What are some of the slang terms I will hear in New Zealand?

Here are a few New Zealand slang words to help you adjust to New Zealand culture: 

 

Awesome

Fine, excellent

Bach

A holiday home (also known as a crib in the South Island)

Barbie

Barbecue (also written as BBQ) - food cooked outside over a charcoal or gas fire

Bro

Term of address for a male friend or relative

Bring a plate

Everyone brings food to share. Don't bring an empty plate.

Bush

New Zealand's native forest

Bushed, had it

Exhausted

BYO

Bring Your Own. A BYO restaurant is a restaurant that allows customers to bring their own wine to drink with their meal.

Choice

Fine, excellent

Crook

To be ill or unwell. Also means a thief

Cuz

Term of address for friend or relative

Dag

An amusing person, a character

Dude

A cool or good looking male

G'day

Greeting meaning hello

Gumboots

Waterproof rubber boots (called Wellingtons in Britain)

Grog

Alcohol

Hard case

A tough but likeable person, an eccentric person

Heart of gold

Describing a person who is very kind

Hook up

Meet up or join in

Hoon

A noisy person, a lout

Jandals

Rubber sandals or thongs (called flip flops in Britain)

Kiwi

New Zealand native bird symbol. New Zealander

Lolly

The usual word for a confection or sweet

Mate

A friend, also a term of address

Mission

An adventure

Mongrel

A term of abuse or contempt for a person

Munted

To be broken or distorted

Narley

Cool, good

Nerd

A boring person

No worries

Common phrase of agreement

On to it

Efficient or intelligent

Potluck dinner

Everyone brings prepared food to share with all the guests

Pub

A bar where alcoholic drinks are served over the counter

Rapt

Very pleased

She'll be right

Everything is going to be OK

Smoko

Coffee or tea break

Snowed under

Usually has too much work or responsibility

Sticks

Remote or rural district, the countryside

Stoked

Very excited

Sweet as

Great

Swot

Study hard, especially before an exam

Ta

Thanks

Togs

Swimming costume

Tucker

Food

Uni

University

Veggies

Vegetables

Wicked

Fine, excellent

Wop-wops

Remote or rural district, the countryside