As a tour guide, I meet many different people from all corners of the globe and one thing that I have learned over the years is that us Kiwis are weird!! We do seemingly normal things in weird ways, we talk strange and quite frankly our laid-back attitude seems to confuse people when they visit Rotorua. I’ve compiled a small guide to ensure that when you visit Rotorua you can blend in with all the other Kiwis.
How to fit in with the Kiwis when you visit Rotorua
When you arrive in Rotorua you may be greeted in several different ways. The best part? Pretty much all of them mean the same thing! Just to be confusing you might hear; Kia Ora, hi, hello, chur, hey, sup, sup bro, chur bro or something like these. If you hear anything along those lines just reply with ‘Hi.’ From there you’ll likely find that whoever you are talking to will quickly become very friendly to you. One thing I want you to realise when you visit Rotorua is that we LOVE tourists and we are more than willing to give up time to chat. Many people will be excited to show you what New Zealand has to offer as well. My suggestion? Talk to as many people as possible and you’ll wind up finding parts of New Zealand that you may not have even heard about otherwise. Don’t worry about making mistakes with your English, if you try then Kiwis will appreciate it!
Here is a list of kiwi slang words to also help you out – Kiwi Slang Guide
When you visit Rotorua you’ll be hit with smells, sounds, and all sorts of things that you may not be used to. Remember what I said, many locals are here to help and love to help as well! Make sure you chat to people who work in the hotels/motels/backpackers as well as they can often point you in the direction of some cool hidden hot spots. Refer to my other blogs as well especially the hidden spots guide. One thing that is awesome about New Zealand, and you’ll discover this when you visit Rotorua, is that hitchhiking is safe and a common way for travelers to get around the city. Again, the sooner you realise the laid back nature of the country the more you will be able to get out of it!
So in conclusion when you visit Rotorua the trick is to step out of your comfort zone, try and spend some time with the locals and see what they are like and how they do things. If you do this you will get the most out of your Rotorua experience! Good luck and come see us at the Duck Tours if you need any help because I can promise you that we will be just as I have outlined above. Good luck!!