Common phrases used in New Zealand



Phrases used in NZ

Not only do us Kiwi’s have our own lingo, we also have a handful of phrases up our sleeves that aren’t particularly necessary, but they are great convo adders and are quite often used in conversation.

Pick a favourite, learn it and use it! Not only are they super fun to say, but you’ll seem a lot more local then you are.

About as useless as tits on a bull – No use at all, completely useless

Ass over tit – Head over heels

Doesn’t know his ass from his elbow – Useless

Like a possum in the headlights – Startled

Six of one, half a dozen of the other – The same either way you look at it

Making a mountain out of a molehill – Exaggerating something

You make a better door than a window – Said to someone who’s standing in the way

Kill two birds with one stone – Do two things in one action

Built like a brick shithouse – Somethings big or solid, often used when talking about a big human

Freeze the balls off a brass monkey – Very cold

Wouldn’t know shit from clay – Stupid person

Chip off the old block – Kid who’s similar to their parents

As useful as an ashtray on a motorbike – Useless

Sammy short of a picnic – Someone who is thick

Piece of piss – Too easy

Couldn’t organize a piss-up in a brewery – Useless

Wouldn’t know them from a bar of soap – Unfamiliar person

Bob’s your uncle – All done

Shit a brick – An exclamation of surprise or annoyance

Rattle ya dags – Hurry up

Happy as larry – very happy

Kiwi phrases you need to know when you're in New Zealand