Looking back at her campaign, she said: "Part of our problem was this unprecedented reality TV campaign and him being the first reality TV candidate in our history".
The former U.S. presidential candidate spoke in Auckland on Monday night, addressing a crowd of 3000 people.
Mrs Clinton's reference to New Zealand's domestic politics follows from her visit with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
She said she stayed in the US because she had work to do, but did not fail to express admiration for the country that has already had three female prime ministers-the country's first female leader, Dame Jenny Shipley, moderated the talk-and was the first in the world to give all women the right to vote in 1893.
"I think for both men and women we're going through a sea change in relationships; in the workplace, in the family, in public arenas".
Clinton was speaking at a Growth Faculty event in Auckland, NZ when she pandered to the crowd by joking that she entertained many offers to move there after the election. She also decried sexism in the US that she said contributed to her election loss. Anne-Marie Brady of the University of Canterbury has rightly called this a new global battle, and it's just getting started.
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"The more professionally successful we are, the less people like us", Clinton said of women.
She said neither she nor the press "did the job they should have" when dealing with Trump.
Clinton met with Ardern before her speech.
"Whoever runs, will be much better prepared than I was or the country was", she told Stuff.
Ms Ardern, who is expecting her first child with partner Clarke Gayford in June, is only the second woman to give birth while being the leader of a government.
Mrs Clinton will be heading to Australia for two shows later this week.