Expat New Zealand

Why the Kiwi Accent is Heaps Good

kiwi accent is great new zealand travel

I love New Zealand. Really, really love it.

kissing a tree in new zealand, where the accent is great

What I don’t love is the fact that New Zealand is so bloody far away! When I left after a year, it was with the knowledge that I probably wouldn’t be back for a long time.
At the time, I felt sad, but I had other travel plans to distract me.

But now that more time has passed, and as I’m writing this in Ireland, which is one of the furthest places from my beloved New Zealand, I am longing to go back, to surround myself with the friendliest people on earth, and to breathe in that dazzling fresh air amidst the rolling green hills and those big blue skies.

i love new zealand and kiwi accent

In my state of Kiwi-nostalgia, I realise I have so much to share about this country. I have folders of photos stored on my hard-drive, and precious memories stored in my heart that I can begin to sift through and share with you all.

New Zealand really is sweet as.

Let me tell you one of the many reasons why…

The Kiwi Accent

all black flag why the kiwi accent is heaps good

Oh my, the Kiwi accent Is so good! When we first heard it, some words took us a minute to figure out what they were.

The thing with a Kiwi accent is that ‘i’ sounds like ‘u’ so

Fish and Chips = Fush n Chups.

Even the word New Zealand itself sounds different when said in a Kiwi accent.

New Zealand = Nu Zilund


Accent- Iksunt

Ferry- Firuy

English- Unglush

Better- bittur

Address- Edriss


If you want to talk in a Kiwi accent, or even if you want to understand what they’re saying, it’s best to remember the following.

– o becomes u

– a becomes e,

– e becomes i,

– i becomes u


Common words used in New Zealand

kiwi accent yeah bro the traveloguer

Aside from an unusual, and awesome pronunciation of words, the Kiwi accent also contains its own, also awesome, vocabulary.

Yeah Bro

Bro becomes a part of your vocabulary. There’s no stopping it really, not that you’d ever want to! It’s like saying mate, or else just a phrase to add on to any sentence really.

And that’s bro with a u, yeah bru?

Bro = Bru


Sweet As

Sweet as is another classic Kiwi phrase. It can pretty much be applied to anything vaguely positive, from New Zealand winning the Rugby World Cup, to commenting on your friend’s new pair of shoes, or even getting a seat on the bus.

It’s also a description of a mood- I’m sweet as, is the equivalent to ‘I’m grand’ in Ireland.

‘As’ alone can also be applied to most words. I’m tired as, that’s mean as, etc.



Heaps is a word that is used, well, heaps, in New Zealand. It means a lot. Heaps good, heaps of fun, heaps tasty, heaps hot. Use liberally.

Heaps = Huieps




Tinnies are cans. The word ‘tinnies’ makes my mouth water for Diesel, the mini cans of rocket fuel that are cheap as and also sweet as.


The Ausssies have thongs, we have flip-flops and the New Zealanders have jandals.

Jandals= Jinduls



Choice means cool.


The local shop, or newsagent or corner store. This was pretty confusing for me at first.

Dairy = Dieury.

Ay/ Hey

Ay is very addictive. It can be stuck on to pretty much any sentence, at all.



Said in agreement of anything. Kind of like saying yeah when someone is talking to you, like to show you’re listening.

Yeah nah

Yeah nah is another of those phrases without a particular meaning. It’s a handy way of saying maybe, or for when you don’t really agree with something someone is saying.



A hoolgian


Just Another F*cking Aucklander

 This is used as a way to kind of put down Aucklanders by people who don’t live there. It’s kind of like how we Dubs are referred to as Jackeens by country folk, in a not-so-friendly manner.

beautiful new zealand home of kiwi accent thetraveloguer.com

Some of my best moments in New Zealand involved speaking in a Kiwi accent. Really. Our Kiwi friends enjoyed teaching us the language and then laughing at us as we spoke in their accents with worrying frequency.

In our hostel, actually, pretty much the entire time we were there, saying ‘awh yia bru, sweit is’ never failed to make us happy.
And I was told that after leaving New Zealand I had picked up the ‘fush and chups,’ something that I hadn’t realised at all. I didn’t even notice that every time I said fish or chips, I was pronouncing it more like ‘chups’

Even now, long after I’ve left, when I say chips, I can notice that it feels like my mouth is about to go for a u sound, and I have to stop myself!

But the thing is, I would be heaps happy if I had a Kiwi ikcint, it really would be sweet as!

kiwi accent is heaps good new zealand love


Have you ever been to New Zealand?


You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Jacqueline Gum
    October 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    What a fun post! Ay… I think I can see why you miss New Zealand so very much. It is, by far, my most favorite of all the places in the world that I have visited. I really want to go back one day.
    Jacqueline Gum recently posted…Free To Be Me… Where’s The Justice?My Profile

  • Reply
    October 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I really enjoyed this post – it was sweet as, ay. I really hope you get to visit back there soon.
    Lenie recently posted…Mammogram – Do You Know The Facts?My Profile

  • Reply
    October 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    As a kiwi myself I am always happy to hear when others enjoy my country; makes me more proud. You really nailed the spelling of the accent and I got a chuckle out of all of them except Jafa as I was born and raised in the warmth of the Auckland sun. I will be heading home for a bit later this year so will send some good vibes your way.
    Tim recently posted…Sands of the SinaiMy Profile

  • Reply
    October 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    You should be very proud Tim! Thanks, it’s been a while since I’ve heard a New Zealand accent. I know, I spent a lot of my time there in Auckland, so I wasn’t a fan when I heard Jafa for the first time. 🙂
    Christine recently posted…Why the Kiwi Accent is Heaps GoodMy Profile

  • Reply
    Ken Dowell
    October 17, 2014 at 5:06 am

    So is the kiwi accent sweet as? Heaps. And your photos suggest there are some other good reasons to go to New Zealand.
    Ken Dowell recently posted…Digital Deception and the LawMy Profile

  • Reply
    October 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

    It was very nice post , I hope you will visit New ZeaLand soon , if you can be contented with cool and fresh breeze then you can have a stop in half way 8 hours in Kashmir 🙂 from Ireland.
    It was nice to know how they pronounce few words. This is like how we speak (English) … Hinglish in India and Pakistan 🙂
    andleeb recently posted…International Day of the Girl Child – to Fight ChallengesMy Profile

  • Reply
    October 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Nice :).
    This reminds me of an ex colleague from New Zealand who’d make us laugh when he’d say, “Let me show you my deck (deck as a power point presentation).” You can imagine the look from us when we first heard this deck being pronounced like dick :).
    SVooDA recently posted…Have I Become Ms Invisible in Georgia?My Profile

    • Reply
      November 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Oh my god, thank you for reminding me of that one! We got ALOT of amusement out of ‘a dick of cards!’ and ‘all hands on dick’ hehehe 🙂

  • Reply
    December 13, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Love this post. Funny timing, was literally just looking at our old photos & memories from NZ! I hope you get to go back…. I hope Visiting NSW gets to go back too. Maybe we’ll see you there 😉

  • Reply
    Jobs on the Road- Working as a Kiwi Packer in Keri Keri, New Zealand - The Traveloguer Travel Blog
    May 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    […] Why the Kiwi Accent is Heaps Good! […]

  • Reply
    October 25, 2016 at 6:39 am

    This is incredibly fun to read! I’m going over to New Zealand next year on a working holiday, am so excited and definitely looking forward to picking up the Kiwi accent. If I can. 😀

  • Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge

    %d bloggers like this: