jandals, tiki tour and togs?

new zealand carvingJust because a country has the same official language, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll understand everything that is said. Intrepid’s Kim Bowden helps us untangle the local lingo so you can better understand the people you meet while on holiday in New Zealand

“New Zealand slang has developed over time from such a diverse mixture of backgrounds that it is sometimes difficult to establish exactly which colloquialisms are originally from New Zealand! However, be assured that all of these listed words and phrases are used with regularity throughout New Zealand. Hopefully they will help give you a better understanding of what your Kiwi mates are really trying to tell ya!…

Pakeha – non-Maori person
Tiki tour – scenic tour, take the long route
Jandal – thongs, sandals, flip-flops,
Jumper – sweater, jersey
Togs – swimsuit, bathing costume
Bach – holiday home
Crib – bach – used in the South Island
Bring a plate – means bring a dish of food to share
Duvet – quilt, doona
Fizzy drink – soda pop
Footie – rugby union or league, as in “going to watch the footie”
Sweet as – good, okay, very good

And some tips to help you enjoy the local food whilst on holiday in New Zealand:
L&P: short for Lemon and Paeroa, L&P is New Zealand’s very own iconic soft
drink. Traditionally it was made by combining lemon juice with carbonated spring water from the small North Island town of Paeroa. Now manufactured by multi-national, L&P can be found only in New Zealand. It’s advertising slogan sums up how much Kiwis love their soft drink: “World Famous in New Zealand”.

Pineapple lumps: a favourite local sweet or lollie since their creation in 1935, Pineapple Lumps are bite-size chunks of marshmallow flavoured with real pineapple juice and coated in chocolate.

Hokey Pokey Ice-cream: small pieces of toffee are added to vanilla-flavoured ice cream to create a flavour only on offer in New Zealand. Best enjoyed melting down the sides of a waffle cone on a hot summer’s day!

Pavlova: this meringue-based dessert, usually served slathered with cream and kiwifruit is a perennial Kiwi favourite. Named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, the origins of this delicious dessert are hotly contested (Australia also lays claim to inventing it) – but any New Zealander will tell you the ‘Pav’ is definitely a Kiwi invention!

Feijoa: hailing from South America, the feijoa was a fruit introduced into New Zealand in the 1920s. The ideal climate here means they thrive and are a common backyard fruit and although not often recognised by other nationalities, most Kiwis grow up eating plenty of feijoas. Feijoas are can be used in baking and can be made into wine.”

Tour New Zealand with Intrepid on trips like these great small group holidays:
Northern Highlights – 14 days
Auckland Explore – 7 hours Urban Adventure

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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We had an episode with those kiwi jandals. My partner broke a rib because he was wearing them while trying to get an Evil Cow out of our olive grove!

From the Western Island / Reply

Tramping is Kiwi for bushwalking or trekking and plenty of places to enjoy it in NZ.

Jumper, togs, bring a plate, fizzy drink, footie – this is Aussie lingo just as much as Kiwi. Though footie is footy and can mean Soccer, AFL, League or Union, depending on your game of preference.

The Kiwis had better grainy breads years ahead of us.

But fair go, the Pav is definitely Australian! Isn’t it? OMG even Wikipedia agrees imy favourite childhood dessert is probably Kiwi. I’m crushed.

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