Visiting New Zealand really isn't like stepping back in time to the 1950s, a UK writer says.

But then our pubs do have "bogan hour" and we Kiwis are prone to taking sport - any sport - far too seriously.

And there's our unfortunate propensity, Damian Barr adds, to pronounce the word "six" as "sex".

The Glasgow-born author, columnist and playwright, who is staying in New Zealand as part of the University of Otago's Scottish Writers Fellowship, has shared his impressions of Aotearoa in a series of humorous tweets that have been liked hundreds of times.

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Barr began by pointing out to his many followers that New Zealand wasn't Australia - and that there was nothing poisonous here "except a few members of New Zealand First" which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had "fairly under control".

Ardern, he also noted, was bigger than pop star Lorde - and also known as just "Jacinda".

Our chocolate got the thumbs up - Britain needed Whittaker's hokey pokey "like it needs another referendum" - but our cheese, "mostly meh", wasn't so great.

Some stereotypes about New Zealand weren't quite true - it wasn't like the 1950s here, although some of the folk who moved here then wished it was - but others were.

"Sport, all sport, is taken far too seriously here. NZ got a medal for milking or something in the Commonwealth Games and front pages were held."

Glasgow-born author, columnist and playwright Damian Barr is staying in New Zealand as part of the University of Otago's Scottish Writers Fellowship. Photo / Twitter
Glasgow-born author, columnist and playwright Damian Barr is staying in New Zealand as part of the University of Otago's Scottish Writers Fellowship. Photo / Twitter

Barr mused about New Zealand's bogan culture - which apparently included "bogan hour" at pubs around 6pm, and Aussies being referred to as "the bogans across the ditch".

He also offered a quick glossary of some common Kiwi terms: bach - "nothing to do with any composers" - and Les Mills.

"It's not pronounced the French way and people will laugh at you for this. But no one will laugh to your face because Kiwis are mostly nice.

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"To pronounce anything Kiwi style simply swap 'e' with 'i'. So eggs become iggs and six becomes sex. 'I'd like six eggs'."

"Yeah Nah" meant maybe; never; sometimes; possibly; sure... and all of the above.

New Zealand was also beautiful.

"Not uniformly or perfectly but spectacularly and surprisingly ... and no yeah-nah about it."

Here is the full list ... via tweets: