• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland

      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.



      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.


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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.


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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.


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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.


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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.


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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.


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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.


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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 


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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.


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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.


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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.


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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.


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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.


Kiwi slang words and how to use them like a local

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New Zealand slang can be quite hard to follow, especially when combined with our fast talking, and can sometimes leave those with an untrained ear completely bewildered.

Below is a list of some Kiwi colloquial phrases to help you talk like a true Kiwi.

Aye – “It was cloudy this morning, aye?”
This is a classic slang word which can be pretty much added to any sentence you can think of. It’s often used at the end of a question or in agreement to a statement.

Yeah Nah – “Did the presentation go well?”, “yeah, nah it didn’t”
This means no.

Nah Yeah – “Did the presentation go well”, “nah, yeah it did”
This means yes.

Bugger all – “I have bugger all cash left”
This means they don’t have much cash left.

Bugger – *something bad happens* “Bugger!”
Slang that’s used when something goes wrong.

This can be used as a greeting, farewell or as a thank you.

Bro & Cuz – “Chur bro, how’s it going?” OR “Awesome, thanks Cuz!”
These words are used when addressing another person, rarely a brother or cousin.

The Wops – “They live out in the wops”
These people live a really far way away, in the middle of nowhere.

Carked it – “The car has carked it”
This means the car has died.

Chocker – “There’s no more room in the car, it’s chockers”
This is short for “chocker-block” and means the car is full.

Sus – “He looks a bit sus” OR “that’s a bit sus”
This means suspicious.

Piece of Piss – “Can you build this for me?”, “yeah, it’s a piece of piss”
This means it’s easy.

She’ll be right – “Do you need some help?”, “nah she’ll be right”.
This means it will be okay.

Keen – “Do you want to come out with us tonight?”, “yeah, I’m keen!”
When someone is enthusiastic about something.

Jandals – “Grab your jandals for the beach”
Jandals mean sandals in New Zealand.

Gumboots – “Put on your gumboots, we’re going to the farm”
Another word for Wellingtons or Rubber Boots.

Hard out – “Yeah, hard out”
This is used to agree with someone.

Egg – “You’re an egg”, “don’t be an egg”
This is another word for an idiot. It comes from the classic Kiwi movie “Boy”.

Good as gold – “It’s good as gold”
This means everything or everyone is great.

Yarn – “Spinning a yarn”, “we had a good yarn”
This means conversation or telling a story.

Chilly bin
This is another word for an Esky or Cooler Bin, where you keep your drinks cold.

No worries – “No worries, mate”
This means no problem.

Yeah, right
When you don’t believe what someone is saying.

Heaps – “I have heaps of time”
This means a lot – I have “a lot” of time.

Crack up – “That was crack up!”
This means that something is funny.

Crash here – “do you want to crash here?”
This means do you want to stay or sleep here.

Squizz – “Can I have a squizz at your new kitchen?”
This means look.


Sweet as – “sweet as, bro”
This means that’s okay, no problem, no worries, sounds good etc.

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