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With New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry there are many opportunities for hospitality staff.
Explore the country while gaining experience and learning new skills in bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants, guiding and a range of other positions.
What To Expect
With the exception of the ski areas in New Zealand, which are limited in number, the summer season, November to March is the busiest period for hospitality staff. Rosters can vary, but a general role will work from 35-50 hours per week. Accommodation generally isn’t provided, with some exceptions, but we assist in finding suitable nearby accommodation.
A typical day working in Hospitality in New Zealand
Again this will vary greatly on your position, but generally, your day will start between 6 – 8 am and work will be based on an 8-hour shift. The hospitality industry can be extremely fast-paced, and working in a team environment you will need to enjoy working with others. New Zealander’s, in general, have a work hard, play hard attitude, so often it is a case of jumping in where is needed to help other members of the team if your tasks are complete. Generally, you will work a five day week, and this may include weekends at times.
- Meet all requirements for a New Zealand working holiday visa (Check here )
- Be in good physical health
- Be prepared to work 40 – 50 hours per week as seasons require
- Have one year's relative hospitality experience or qualifications
- Can commit to a minimum of three months at each position
- Airport transfer, two nights’ accommodation with breakfast included.
- New Zealand sim card for your unlocked phone.
- Specialised Hospitality Orientation course (check out what our orientation course covers here )
- Access to a database of jobs and job support for your entire stay.
- 24/7 phone support
- New Zealand address ( mail forwarding available* )
- Luggage storage*
- Access to a Hospitality employment advisor
- Travel card for discounted food, accommodation, and activities
- The chance to learn new experiences and make new friends
*Additional charges may apply depending on size and time period
- Paid weekly/fortnightly – minimum $17.70 per hour (before tax and accommodation)
- Paid holidays – four weeks per year
- Regular time off – generally 1.5 – 2 days per week.
- Supportive learning environment
- Access to other young/international working travelers.
- A chance to share your knowledge and learn new skills.
- Flights to and from New Zealand
- Travel within New Zealand (excluding airport transfer)
- Travel Insurance
- Visa fees
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