This is a  glossary/dictionary to explain all those tricky Kiwi vocab words. Please let me know if you think I should add a word here.

It will attempt to explain the words that are different than the English language that YOU learnt, the Maori words that I use, the subject specifc terms that might need a bit of elaborating on, and anything else that I think you might find amusing or interesting about Kiwi culture.

You will need to check back here once in awhile, or if you come across a word you don’t understand, because I will add to it as needed.

Many words will be linked to a more ‘official’ definition, or to a website giving more extensive information. You can see which words are hyperlinked because they show up as green.

Blog Glossary

Bison tube: 

 A particular kind of small container used as a geocache.


see geocache


 a type of bird. See this post for more information –  Mystery Solved


A geocache is a container hidden at specific geographical co-ordinates.  In the activity of Geocaching a person must find this container and sign the log book inside it as evidence of having been there.  These containers can vary GREATLY as to size, shape and appearance, thus making them easier or much much more difficult to find.


The brand-name of building product, used for interior walls.   It might be called plaster board in your country.


Down here in Kiwiland,  we generally eat breakfast, lunch and tea.  We don’t often use the word ‘ dinner’ unless for a really big meal. For example, we would say Christmas Dinner – which would be a mid-day meal (or early afternoon) and so people might have Sunday dinner after church. Most often the meal in the middle of the day is called lunch.  Or we would say we are going out for dinner, if going to a restaurant for an evening meal, but usually the evening meal is called tea if it’s just a regular meal that you have at home. 

(But just to make things tricky – the stuff made out of tea-leaves that some people drink is also called tea!)

Our mid-morning snack is called morning tea, and a mid-afternoon snack is called afternoon tea, or either of them can be called ‘smoko!’  If we have an evening snack it is called supper.


  The name given to a non-geocacher – one who isn’t in on the ‘secret.’  I believe it comes from the Harry Potter series of books where a ‘muggle’ is an ordinary person who isn’t magical.


  A type of GPS receiver, commonly used as a car (automobile) GPS. These are not the best for geocaching as they are not really designed to be outdoors, but many people do successfully use them – and even more people use them to get to the ‘trailhead!’


A New Zealand native bird. See my post  Of Pukekos  and Geocaches  for more information

travel bug or TB :

   As part of the hobby of geocaching a travel bug is an item that is moved from cache to cache around the country and around the world, and its travels are tracked on its own webpage at

TB race:

An informal way of adding a bit of extra fun to your travel bug’s journeys by having it ‘compete’ with other travel bugs to achieve certain goals like which TB travels the furtherest, or to most countries, or most caches or any other variation the TB owners come up with.

Our travel bug Kev the Racing Kiwi will being a race on January 1st 2010 – check out his progress here: Kev the Kiwi . This race was organised by PJ at  A ‘lil  Hoohaa . Another of our blog pals Erika at Erika Jean  also has a Tb in this race.

Our blog friend Ken at  Where the Fatdog Walks has a TB named after his dog Maisie in a race that started mid 2009. You can see her (lack of)progress here:  Maisie’s TB


Every sport has got to have its mascot and Signal the Frog is the mascot for geocaching. Find out more about Signal here  and see some pictures of Signal here:


Stuff that some people swap in and out of a geocache. It can be any kind of small item really – but frequently is little children’s toys


This is a new variation on the geocaching game! As GPS technology has become increasingly more sophisticated, people become even more creative about the things that can be done with it. A Wherigo geocache is one that is like a ‘pick-a-path’  book that has a mystery  to be solved or task  that has to be completed before the geocacher is lead to the final cache. Only certain higher-end GPSrs have the capacity to store the information needed for this type of geocache. See the Wherigo website for a more extensive explanation –

We have only a few Wherigo cache in New Zealand and we completed one in December 2009. See the post Hosting our First Event.