Glorious. Breathtaking. Stunning. Picturesque.

When you’re visiting New Zealand for the first time, these are just a few of the words that come to mind that pertain to the scenery of this beautiful country. The rolling hills and verdant greenery found throughout the nation are truly a sight to behold.

However, as you get around town and interact with people on the street, in restaurants or other gathering places, you’ll likely hear lingo among local folk that is quite a bit different from your part of the world.

Not to worry. Here are several examples of some of the informal terminology you’ll come across that can help you speak like lifelong Kiwis do:


This one is fairly easy to translate, as a beaut is anything that might be considered cool, desirable or awesome. It can definitely come in handy when you’re looking to hire a car. When at the rental desk and you hear an associate describe a vehicle as a “beaut,” you can be sure that the automobile is a great one to drive.

The wop wops

Perhaps you’ll be renting a place well away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In America, such an area is often referred to as “the puckerbrush” or “the boonies.” Kiwis simply call it “the wops wops,” essentially meaning out in the middle of nowhere. 


Given this term sounds awfully similar to “skunk,” the mere mention of it might cause you to sniff to see if that rather unpleasant odor is in the air. It actually has nothing to do with pungency. Much like the word “cool,” skux can be applied in several contexts, but it’s typically used to refer to someone who is looking handsome, hip, striking or attractive. 


Did you pack your gumboots before departing for New Zealand? You’re probably not planning on rain, but you never know when the skies will open up. If they do, gumboots will rescue you from the messy effects of mud and puddles. If you forgot them, no worries. There are plenty of places around town to pick up a reliable pair.


Slang for swim trunks, togs are essential if you’re going to any of the exotic beaches on the South or North Island. You won’t be needing your togs until December rolls around, so don’t forget to bring a pair for the next time you visit.

Good as gold

Much of the lingo uttered in New Zealand you should be able to decipher from context, and here’s one such example. The equivalent of “right as rain,” good as gold means that everything is just fine, A-OK or going well. Many of the places you visit and experience in New Zealand may cause you to add this phrase to your personal lexicon.

Tiki tour

This term is particularly pertinent to visitors, who typically like to do and see as much as possible in the time they’re visiting. A tiki tour is the representation of that, meaning a tour or expedition that is loaded with lots of different experiences and activities. In short, if you’re on a tiki tour, prepare to be floored by all that you’ll do.

Whether you’re already in New Zealand or still in the planning stage, you’ll need a car to get you places. Get in touch with the team at East Coast Car Rentals. We’ve got plenty of real beauts to fit your needs.