We'll start with some basic ones I'm sure you already know...
garbage = rubbish
parking lot = car park
crosswalk = pedestrian crossing
trunk (of a car) = boot
cleats = boots
friend = mate
cookie = biscuit
dinner = tea
tired (like from a workout) = puffed or knackered
full (from eating too much) = choc-a-bloc (or just choca for short, not really sure where this came from but whatever)
rain boots = gumboots
a lot = heaps (i.e. "i miss you heaps")
sandal = jandal
Now a few other phrases that are pretty popular/common..
"How are you going?" instead of "How are you?" or "How are you doing?"
"Good on you" instead of "Good job" or "Good for you"
"Cheers" as a goodbye or thanks
"dodgy" means bad or unreliable
Also good to know... and "entree" here in a restaurant is actually and appetizer
Sentences become questions here just by ending in "eh?" --Like, "The team is pretty good, eh?"
to "fancy" something = to like something/someone
Also, it's the weirdest thing... Words that end with "-er" end up sounding like they end with "-uh." For example, "water" sounds like "wat-uh", "runner" sounds like "runn-uh", etc... BUT, words that end in the "uh" sound (like the name Brenda, or Linda), suddenly get an "r" added to the end, and sound like "Brender" and "Linder."
Very different, that's for sure. There are definitely times when I need to ask people to repeat themselves (which means I should say "pardon?" rather than "what?")... That's all for the New Zealand language lesson for the day. :) I haven't really gotten out much since it's pouring, so I don't have many new pictures to add. Maybe this weekend I'll be able to take some!