For example, when you go shopping, you may enjoy nice chats with checkout assistants as you relax and “the bagger” packs your groceries for you. It’s one of life’s little luxuries, for sure.
You’ll be delighted and stunned by the plethora of decent coffee shops and sushi bars.
People wandering barefoot everywhere, not just on the beach, will quickly not bother you.
Only being allowed to park kerbside in line with the traffic flow might seem strange now, but it’ll soon be normality. In fact, during a recent trip back to Blighty, I was genuinely freaked out by cars parked in different directions!
You probably weren’t expecting any language barriers. However, Immigration New Zealand has a page of its website dedicated to helping Kiwis communicate with expats. Entitled “Keeping it clear” it advises locals to avoid the ‘sweet as’ language that is unique to New Zealand!
Think they’re making a mountain out of a molehill? Why not give this NZ Herald “How good is your Kiwi English?” quiz a go? If you didn’t score too well and you’d like to swot up on your Kiwi slang, this NZ Herald article could be of help.
Before you know it, you’ll be popping down the dairy in your jandals to buy Pineapple Lumps for the whanau. Easy as!
Of course, these things swing both ways, so to speak. It’s fair to say that we Brits can baffle our Kiwi pals too.