Friendly rivalry is at the heart of the relationship between Australia and New Zealand, but what would happen if the two countries became one as proposed in Meat & Livestock Australia’s new ad?

Tourism New Zealand didn’t miss a beat after seeing the lamb ad (which you can watch below) that suggests Australia and New Zealand form the united country of  New Australia-Land.

Tourism New Zealand quickly launched the tongue-in-cheek website NEWAUSTRALIALAND.COM.AU The catch? All the experiences listed on the website are located in New Zealand. OF COURSE.

“Securing the domain URL was a stroke of brilliance and inventive way to showcase what New Zealand really has to offer,” Tourism New Zealand, General Manager Australia Andrew Waddel said.

The New Australia-Land website automatically re-directs visitors to a page on newzealand.com where New Zealand’s landscapes, ski fields, the Southern Lights, cultural events and food are compared to similar, albeit less enticing, experiences in Australia (cough, so they reckon).

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Tounge-in-cheek titles range from “caves filled with ice not snakes” to “meet Mt Kosciuszko’s taller, cooler and more handsome brother”.

“A great creative campaign from Meat & Livestock Australia. We felt the people of New Zealand needed to respond, so we’ve packaged all of the best bits of New Australia-Land into a website. They just all happen to already be in New Zealand.”

Tourism New Zealand, General Manager Australia Andrew Waddel.

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Air New Zealand has joined in on the fun too, posting a picture of their ‘new’ New Australia-Land livery.

Well played, New Zealand, well played indeed.

Did you love New Zealand’s response to the ad?