Which is best New Zealand or Australia

Australia or New Zealand: where is it better to live?

We know, we see your dilemma: It's really hard to choose between great Australia and wonderful New Zealand. After all, both are fascinating countries in the southern hemisphere where English is spoken. Both are perfect for backpackers, but also for the popular “work and travel” or studying abroad. Where should the journey go now? To help you decide, here are some of the key aspects of both countries.


Australian and New Zealand English are often seen as “the same”, but you'll quickly learn to tell the difference when you get there. New Zealanders pronounce the vowels a little differently, so a word like “bed” might sound like “bid” and “six” might sound like “sux”. Australians, on the other hand, have a much more nasal pronunciation.

Then of course there are a lot of slang expressions, each of which is different. A few classics of Australian / New Zealand slang: bushwalking / tramping (hike), thongs / jandals (Flip flops) and Esky / chilly am (Cooling box). Any more nice quirks? In New Zealand you hear terms like bro / cuz (Friend, mate), chur (thanks, as in “chur bro!”), hardbro! (This is used to express that you agree with your buddy, agree with him) or sweet as! (cool, great). If you'd rather hang around Australia, you should be prepared for the fact that the Aussies love to abbreviate their words. Here are a few expressions to practice with: cuppa (= cup of tea, A cup of tea), choccy (Chocolate), biccy (Biscuit, cookie), brekkie (= breakfast, Breakfast), avo (Avocado), prezzie (= present, Gift), Chrissy (= Christmas, Christmas), Chrissy prezzie (Exactly, that's the Christmas present), and there are countless more of them.

Transport and traffic

When it comes to travel, the biggest difference between Australia and New Zealand is the size of each country. Australia is huge and you often have to cover immense distances to get from A to B. There is often only desert between the larger cities. For example, Perth is more than 3,660 kilometers from Brisbane. That is more than the distance between Madrid and Moscow. In New Zealand, on the other hand, it is quite possible to be in a completely different city with an equally different climate after a few hours of driving. In both countries the big cities (in New Zealand it's basically just Auckland) offer an exceptionally good and diverse system of public transport. Also not to be despised is the fact that visitors in both Australia and New Zealand are allowed to drive in the same vehicle class with their domestic driver's license. But don't forget, you drive on the left here!


If you travel to Australia or New Zealand, it won't be long before you get the respective yeast extract served (yes, you read that right). Vegemite and Marmite are difficult to explain to newcomers, but the love for these strange foods is deep in the psyche of Aussies and Kiwi fruit anchored. If you make friends with this spread, the locals will like you too! (For better understanding: Vegemite and Marmite are neither sweet nor chocolaty, although the brown color and consistency might suggest so. Do like the locals do: just spread a small amount on your buttered toast.)

But there are not only salty spreads, but also great delicacies that you should definitely try if you get the chance ...

  • Allen’s lollipops (Lollipops in the varieties: Sherbies, Fantales and Minties) and Pineapple lumps (Chocolate-covered pineapple pieces that taste like chewy candy, a New Zealand specialty)
  • Caramello koalas (delicious chocolate koalas with their bellies filled with creamy caramel) and Perky Nanas (New Zealand chocolate bars with firm banana filling)
  • Kangaroo and Emu (Australia is probably the only country that eats its two native animal species) and everything from that hāngi comes (meat is cooked in holes in the ground according to Maori tradition)

Sport and fun

When it comes to sport, the rivalry between the two countries takes place in rugby union, because that's where they push Kiwi fruit the All blacks the thumbs while the Aussies for the Wallabies to cheer. The best way to signal your support is with the appropriate colors: black for New Zealand and green and gold for Australia. You can do that in the stadium Haka the New Zealanders applaud or at the battle cry "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!" shout along for Australia.

Travelers often report that New Zealand has fewer nightlife choices, which is easy to explain when you consider the smaller towns and low population figures. If you feel like going out, you will definitely find everything your heart desires in Melbourne and Sydney: countless clubs, pubs, bars and concert halls. Over in Auckland you can try canyoning at night, for example, look down at the city lights from the Sky Tower or stroll through the evening markets.


Australia has an impressive amount of animal species that are on the list of the most poisonous in the world. As a visitor, you can get the idea that the local wildlife is after your life. But you shouldn't worry too much, because encounters with sharks, snakes, jellyfish and plate-sized spiders are not everyday. Apart from these rather scary animal species, there are also a lot of funny creatures in Australia, some world-famous, others are still to be discovered for most of us: From kangaroos and wombats to bilbies (the name alone is promising!) And quokkas up to platypus and ant urchins. Beyond the Tasman Sea, New Zealand's wildlife is far less peculiar. The island nation's only native mammals are bats and marine mammals, but there is a remarkable variety of native bird species such as the Tui, the Kea or the mountain parrot, the yellow-eyed penguin and the famous kiwi that is walking on the forest floor.

Climate and landscape

The climate in New Zealand is milder, colder and wetter - whether you see the positive or the negative depends entirely on your preferences. If you are speculating on warmth or even heat, you are definitely better off with Australia, but you should be aware that the summer months are accompanied by heat waves and high humidity.

Both countries score with beautiful landscapes: New Zealand has high, steeply rising mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests, while Australia has incredibly beautiful beaches, as well as long sand dunes, coral reefs, rainforests, blood-red deserts and endless bushland. However, New Zealand gets extra points for its proximity to the Pacific Islands - which are definitely worth a detour or the onward journey.

Unsurprisingly, Australia and New Zealand are so popular with travelers and exchange students. It doesn't matter which of the two countries you choose in the end: you will definitely have a fantastic time at the other end of the world!