Kiwi Vocabulary – Helpful List for New Zealand

There have been a flood of new words that I have learned since our move to New Zealand. I am sure this list will grow over time but here are a few vocabulary words/sayings that I have picked up so far.  I had heard a few before we left but it’s funny how quickly you find yourself adapting to new vocabulary when talking to locals. All these I have either heard or seen written somewhere since we arrived.

Kiwi Vocabulary

  • Tramping Tracks – Walking/hiking Trails/path
  • Good on ya – well done
  • mate – buddy/friend
  • Sweet as – good/awesome
  • Carpark – Parking garage/lot
  • Trolley – Grocery cart
  • Boot – Trunk of your car
  • Mum – Mom
  • Toastie – Hot sandwich
  • Bangers – Sausage
  • Rock Melons – Cantaloupes
  • Jandals – Flip flops
  • Togs – Swimsuit
  • Rubbish – Trash
  • Nappy – diaper
  • Chips – French fries
  • Boxing Day – Day after Christmas
  • yank – An American (I was actually already referred to as a yank in a joke.)

Amber Herden

My name is Amber and I am finally tackling my bucket list all while relocating countries and raising two beautiful girls with my incredible husband.