20 Phrases Kiwis Are Sick Of Hearing While Travelling

 20 Phrases Kiwis Are Sick Of Hearing While Travelling

Being a traveller from New Zealand can bring a range of stupid questions and constant comparisons to Australia, which is extremely frustrating. Here are some of the phrases I have had to put up with and I dare say most Kiwis hear when they are abroad. 

  • “I want to go to New Zealand because it looks beautiful and weather must be amazing, being hot all time like Australia”


  • “The aborigines are New Zealands native people, aren’t they?”


  • *Having a conversation* “Oh, where abouts in Australia are you from?” –By doesn’t-know-the-difference

20 Phrases Kiwis Are Sick Of Hearing While Travelling

  • “Wait, how can you have your Christmas in summer? Christmas has to be cold and snowing otherwise it’s not Christmas.  I thought every place has a cold Christmas” – Yes, a dumbarse boy actually said that.


  • “Where abouts are you from?”

(me) “I’m from the Wairarapa”

“So, is that near Auckland?”

20 Phrases Kiwis Are Sick Of Hearing While Travelling

  • “I thought New Zealand was a part of Australia, that’s what we are taught in school” *faceplant * – An American


  • “Say fish and chips for me” –By every-funny-person-alive


  • “Say 6 for me” – By every-other-funny-person-alive


  • “Where are you from?” (me)“NZ”, “Hey mate” –By a cheeky bastard


  • “How can you be white but are from New Zealand? I don’t get it.” –By an absolute airhead


  • “I met a kiwi once and they were a bitch” -By bad-breakup-douchebag

20 Phrases Kiwis Are Sick Of Hearing While Travelling


  • “What the hell did you just say? I can’t understand you” – By In-need-of-a-hearing-aid


  • “You need a pin? What?” (me) “no, a pen!”


  • “You eat a lot of cheese in your country. Cheese is very fatty” (me) “well yeah, I guess we do” “yeah, I can tell” An Indian man (I had to add this one in from my experience!) 


  • “You have a beautiful country. Lord of the rings was filmed there” –No shit Sherlock, I already know that.


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  1. November 11, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    I get people thinking it rains all the time and is really cold

  2. danniellek
    April 7, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    It’s kinda of like every time I tell someone in England I’m from New York and have to quickly follow up with “but not the city”. To be honest as an American I knew absolutely nothing of New Zealand before I lived there for a year, and I’d love to go back! So that stupid person was a lying liar who lies and didn’t pay attention in school haha.

  3. Chris
    May 23, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    Yep – you pretty much covered all bases. I hate the “Where in Australia are you from”. Once some years ago I was told in Canada that “Lots of you Aussies through today..” and my response was “Would you like me to call you a Yank..??” – a short conversation indeed.

    Had a British woman ask me the same question a few months ago in Argentina. She didn’t speak to me again once she realised her mistake. Surely easier to ask “Where are you from” without walking into the bear trap…

  4. Caitlin
    May 25, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    In Vietnam a fellow traveller asked the standard “where are you from”, when I replied “NZ” he responded “really? But you speak really good English”

  5. August 10, 2016 / 12:12 am

    The worst are always the Aussies asking “show us your deck….”

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