Winston Peters NZ's 'own version of Trump' - Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage says what's happening in the US and UK could soon happen in New Zealand thanks to our "own version of Trump".

The Brexit leader is talking about none other than our Winston Peters.

"I know him, and I like him," Mr Farage, formerly leader of the UK's nationalist UKIP, told Newshub Nation.

"I took him to a cricket match. He was over this year, earlier. I took him to a cricket match. He's a great character... and he finds himself in an extraordinary role in New Zealand politics right now."

After a 40-year career in politics Mr Peters has ascended to the role of Acting Prime Minister, with Jacinda Ardern on maternity leave.

Mr Farage says it shows New Zealand too could head in a Trumpian direction.

"In New Zealand, you maybe think, 'Oh gosh, what's happening in Europe and America's a long way away,' but you've got your own version of Trump in Winston Peters."

Perhaps unlike most Kiwis, Mr Farage is a big fan of the reality TV star-turned-US President. He's coming to New Zealand as part of his Australasian speaking tour, and will be speaking at Auckland's SkyCity on September 4.

"I hope we're going to have a crowd. I'm sure we're going to have a crowd," he told Newshub Nation.

"I think people will be interested, they're going to want to know why Brexit happened. They're going to want to know why Trump happened. They're going to want to find out whether I'm really the demon that many have made me out to be.

"I've got some big calls and big predictions for the future as well. I'm sure we're going to have some fun. And I very much hope, if he's got time, Winston Peters turns up too."