New Zealand Hospitality Jobs2022-04-05T12:47:38+12:00

Hospitality Jobs

New Zealand

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Arrive into New Zealand with a pre-arranged job in one of New Zealand’s thriving cities, a world class tourism location or a high end secluded luxury lodge.

Most positions take place during the summer months which start in September, October or November and last through until April or May. We also have some winter positions for those with previous ski resort experience from July – September.

You could be placed in a hotel, campground, hostel, activity provider, rental car company, restaurant, or event centre – among many others! We are partnered with over 50 hospitality and tourism-related partners throughout New Zealand.

Typical jobs include: food and beverage service, culinary/kitchen help, housekeeping, guest services, lifeguarding, gondola operations, front desk, and golf course operation.

The job you’re offered will be the one you keep for the full season, and will be suited to your experience, education, level of English, interests, and visa status. It may be possible for stay for longer than the summer season if your visa permits and your host is happy to keep you on for winter season.

Location and duration

Most placements are made in beautiful tourism locations throughout New Zealand but for those with good experience positions are available in cities such as Auckland and Wellington. Most placements last for the full summer season (Sep/Oct – Apr/May) and can be extended for the winter in some locations.

Work hours, time off, and travel

Your work hours may be part-time or full-time, but generally, you’ll work between 20 and 40 hours per week across the whole summer season (October-April). Typically, you’ll work 4-6 days per week, and you need to be available for work on evenings, weekends, and public holidays, as these are busy times for tourism businesses. You’re likely to be busiest during the school holiday periods, from Christmas through the middle of February, and during Easter in April.

Since you’ll likely be pretty busy, you might not have much opportunity to travel during your placement itself. However, we recommend you leave some time before or after your placement to see New Zealand. We work with several backpacker travel companies who can show you the best of the country as well as of Australia, Southeast Asia, and Fiji. If you’re interested in a spot of extra travel around your placement, let us know and we’ll advise you about travel options before you book your flights.

Accommodation, meals, and wifi

We can arrange your accommodation – either in staff quarters or with a homestay – or we can provide assistance if you’d prefer to book local hostel accommodation. Staff accommodation is the most common option, as it is convenient for work. Note that staff quarters may be shared with up to four other workers, and your accommodation costs will be deducted from your wages.

Meals aren’t usually included in your accommodation costs, but there will be facilities to cook your own meals. If you’re working at a very remote hotel, which does not have cooking facilities for staff use, your accommodation costs will include three meals per day.

Wifi might be available for free but this depends on your accommodation and isn’t guaranteed. You may need to organise your own mobile phone data plan or pay for wifi onsite.

What’s Included?

  • Online interview with Placement Supervisor

  • Placement arranged prior to arrival

  • Placement agreement

  • 3 Night Arrival Package

  • Welcome Orientation

  • Visa and travel support

  • Social community

  • 24-hour support service

  • Certificate of completion

Typical Hospitality Companies

  • Hotel and Resort

  • Campgrounds and holiday parks
  • Hostels and motels

  • Restaurants

  • Tourism companies

  • Retail stores

  • Tour operator

Typical Hospitality Positions

  • Housekeeping

  • Food and beverage attendant / waiter

  • Front of house / guest services

  • chef

  • Customer Service

  • Life Guard

  • Tour guide

Program
Requirements

  • High school leaver or above

  • Aged 18-30

  • At least one year of relevant work experience

  • Ability to effectively communicate in English with clients/colleagues

  • Ability to work for at least 24 weeks

  • Criminal background check

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

  • Introduction video introducing yourself and why this program is suitable for you

  • 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

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