New Zealand Hospitality Jobs2023-05-23T16:31:16+12:00

Tourism & Hospitality Jobs

New Zealand

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to work and travel in New Zealand? Our program offers a unique chance to arrive with a pre-arranged job and housing so you can hit the ground running and start earning money right away.

With hundreds of partner companies throughout the country, we’ll find the perfect job for you in the hotel, tourism, restaurant, sports or event industries. And the best part? You’ll be working during the peak seasons, so you can earn the most money and then travel during the quieter shoulder seasons when there are fewer tourists and more availability.

We offer jobs for all levels of experience and background, from guest services to culinary and kitchen work, lifeguarding, gondola operations, front desk, golf course operations, and cleaning. Plus, our placements are in some of the most incredible locations in New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka, Taupo, Rotorua, Nelson, Northland, The Bay of Islands, and even luxury lodges or campgrounds in stunning beach and mountain locations.

Tou can expect to work between 25 and 40 hours per week, earning $23-$27/hour with flexible part-time or full-time schedules. While you’ll need to be available for work on evenings, weekends, and public holidays, we make sure you have enough time off to explore New Zealand and beyond.

Staff Accommodation is included more remote locations and you can book our homestay or student hostel accommodation in city locations or you can search for your own accommodation with our support if you want to live with locals in a share-flat.

The cost is only $925USD including personal placement supervisor, interview(s), job offer, housing support, airport transfer, 3 nights hostel accommodation on arrival and a welcome orientation where you get to meet other like minded travellers while we set you up with a bank account, tax number and everything else you need to get working in New Zealand.

Don’t miss out on the chance to work and travel in one of the most beautiful countries in the world! Start your Registration Here

What’s Included?

  • Interview with Internex Program Supervisor to discuss the best locations and jobs for your background

  • Interview with New Zealand employer(s)

  • Housing Options

  • 3 Night Arrival Package

  • Welcome Orientation

  • Visa and travel support

  • Bank account and Tax number (IRD) support

  • Social community

  • 24-hour support service

  • Ongoing support from our local team throughout your stay in New Zealand

  • Certificate of completion

Program Fees

$49 Program deposit – pay prior to Internex consultation and receiving visa support

$438 Program fee – pay prior to Hotel/Resort Interview

$438 Remaining fees – pay prior to receiving Placement Agreement

Total – $925USD (check your exchange rate here)

More about fees here

Typical Hospitality Companies

  • Hotels and Resorts

  • Campgrounds and holiday parks
  • Hostels and motels

  • Restaurants

  • Tourism companies

  • Retail stores

  • Tour operator

  • Luxury Lodges

  • Rental Car Companies

  • Thermal Springs

  • Wellness Retreats

Typical Hospitality Positions

  • Food and beverage attendant / waiter

  • Front of house / guest services

  • chef / cook

  • Customer Service

  • Life Guard

  • Housekeeping

  • Tour guide

  • Laundry

  • Retails

  • Ski and Rafting Instructors

  • Aestheticians and Massage therapists


  • High school leaver or above

  • Aged 18-30

  • No experience necessary, we have jobs for every level of experience.

  • Ability to effectively communicate in English with clients/colleagues

  • Ability to work for at least 20 weeks

  • Criminal background check

  • Completed online application form and provide relevant documents (resume, motivation letter, references)

  • Working holiday visa, student trainee visa, or working rights for New Zealand (for more info, see our visas page)

What are the benefits?2022-04-04T12:25:05+12:00

Many hotel/hostel/campground employers offer discounted food and beverages, which can help you save your money for travelling! Some hotels and campgrounds also allow staff full use of facilities such as tennis courts and swimming pools.

Where will i live?2022-04-04T12:25:34+12:00

Some hotels, campgrounds, and hostels offer staff accommodation, which you will share with up to four others. In this case, your accommodation costs will come out of your wages (including power, water, and gas). Where staff accommodation is not available, we’ll advise you on private homestay or hostel options. Meals are not necessarily included with your accommodation, but you will have the facilities to prepare your own food. Some very remote hotels, which do not provide cooking facilities, will provide three cooked meals per day.

How is my hospitality job selected?2022-04-04T12:25:55+12:00

We carefully select your placement based on factors such as your individual background and experience, your level of English, and your visa status. After you apply for the program you will have a consultation/interview with one of our Placement Supervisors. Once approved in the program we will look for a suitable local organisation for you. You will then have an interview with your potential host organisation, which we organise. Once we’ve found the perfect organisation for you, we’ll send you a placement agreement outlining some key information about your placement, such as your tasks and responsibilities, start and end dates, wage rates, and accommodation options.

How long is my placement?2022-04-04T12:27:11+12:00

You must commit to the full season (summer is typically Sep/Oct – Apr/May). As we work with over 50 partners, some start dates and end dates may differ slightly. If these dates are not possible for you, please let us know and we’ll check for alternative openings.

How much do I earn and what are my hours of work?2022-04-04T12:27:27+12:00

Your wages will be at least minimum wage, which is approximately NZ$20 before tax. Your hours of work will depend on your employer, but you’re likely to work between 20-40 hours per week, for the entire summer season (October-April). There will be busier periods during the school holidays (between Christmas and mid-Feb, and at Easter). You’ll need to be available to work on weekends and public holidays, and during the evenings, as these are key tourism times.

What job can i get?2022-04-04T12:27:50+12:00

We offers a wide variety of entry-level hospitality and tourism jobs. These include guest services, food and beverage service, culinary/kitchen jobs, cleaning, and hotel operations roles. We also offer more specific roles for those with relevant experience, in fields such as lifeguarding, golf caddying, and luxury lodge operations. We make sure we’ve found the perfect job for you, ensuring it matches your experience, education, level of English, work visa status, and ability to stay a full season.

Where will i work?2022-04-04T12:28:06+12:00

You’ll be placed in a hospitality or tourism organisation. This may be working in a hotel, a campground, an activity provider, a rental car company, a restaurant, an event centre, or a luxury lodge. Most jobs are in tourist towns or remote tourism destinations, across the most beautiful parts of New Zealand, in both the North and South Islands. If you already have extensive experience in the sector, placements may also be available for you in Auckland. 

Why should I choose Internex?2022-07-14T18:00:40+12:00

The team at Internex have worked in the youth education and travel industry for over 20 years, so we know how to make your overseas experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible.  Our team have all lived, worked, and studied overseas and know firsthand the challenges of moving to a new country and will be there to support you every step of the way. 

We’ll make sure you know what to expect and how to prepare, we’ll take care of any practical difficulties you may have, and our local representatives will ensure you are happy and looked after while you’re away. 

Internex is also dedicated to providing the best quality programs at affordable prices. Accommodation and meals (where included) make up the bulk of a program’s cost. Remaining fees are for our local representatives who ensure you’re taken care of in every country we represent.

We meet all our participants on Zoom or in person to learn more about them.  We personally visit our hosts to ensure the highest standards and when you live with one of our hosts in homestays or farmstay we collect criminal records and have them complete an application form to ensure they understand the expectations of our participants. 

We are not a search engine, we are real people that ensure this real experience is as good as it can be and all stakeholders are satisfied with the outcome.

We want you to be safe and happy while you learn and have fun abroad!

Internex provides the following additional services; 

  • Insurance bookings
  • Airport Transfers
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Hostel accommodation
  • Multiple placement bookings

Additional services can be added to your booking during the application process.

If you are interested in finding out more about Hospitality Jobs New Zealand, send our team an enquiry, or apply today and start your journey!

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“It’s going good! The first work week was a bit crazy but everything is going well and i am getting used to this new rhythm”

Ella, FinlandSummer Job New New Zealand, March 2020