Work and travel in New Zealand
Work and Travel in New Zealand
After your arrival in New Zealand, our partner organisation will be there to assist you every step of the way. Our partner organisation’s office includes:
- A job agency
- An exclusive job databank
- Personalised advice from experienced professionals
- A CV-Generator, which will help you write your CV quickly and easily
After you have your tax file number and bank account, you will have all that you need to work abroad in New Zealand!
In order to apply for jobs, you will need a CV in English, which fits the typical New Zealand standard. You can very easily create an appropriate CV using the CV-generator in our partner office. All you have to do is type in your information, and a programme will construct the CV for you. Once you have saved the CV, you can open it any time online and print it out.
Rugby World Cup
The Rugby World Cup will take place in New Zealand in September and October 2011. Games will be played in a total of 12 cities, which is very exciting for the sports-crazy New Zealanders. This also means that you will have more job possibilities, because lots of workers are needed at such big events. Sell tickets, work as a security guard, help out at a popcorn stand, or assist VIP-guests. The pay is often quite good, too.
Since your wages will most likely be transferred to your bank account, you will need to open a New Zealand bank account at the beginning of your stay. Our partner organisation will help you with this, giving you bank forms to fill out within the first few days of your stay. A short time later, you will receive a bank card for your new bank account.
Working in New Zealand
The decision is all yours - you can decide when, where, and for how long you would like to work and travel in New Zealand. You can expect an average wage of NZ$ 12-15 per hour, depending on the working hours and the job. Of course, you will need to show a great deal of personal initiative, just as if you were searching for a holiday job in your home country.
Keep your eyes peeled for different jobs, and be flexible! It may take a few days for you to find work. But don’t worry – New Zealand has a very low unemployment rate, and working backpackers have proved to be an irreplaceable part of the Kiwi job market. So far, all of our participants have found jobs.
Together with our local partners, TravelWorks will give you valuable support as you work and travel in New Zealand!
What jobs have previous travellers done?
- Harvested courgettes, olives, and kiwis
- Painted containers
- Worked as receptionists in hostels
- Worked in pizza service
- Served in bars/restaurants
- Managed a kebab shop
- Worked as farm hands, sheared sheep
- Sold jewellery
- Worked as cooks in various resorts
- Worked as lift helpers in ski resorts
- Worked as bricklayers and plasterers
- Sorted and packed kiwis
- Did housework in a Buddhist centre
- Filleted and packed fish
- Transplanted aubergines
- Painted windows
- Worked in a planetarium
Willing Workers On Organic Farms - WWOOF
You want to get to know New Zealand and its people, brush up your English, and work for free food and accommodation? Then spend some time living and working on a farm belonging to the WWOOF organisation.
WWOOF (short for Willing Workers on Organic Farms) is a nationwide network of ecological farms where you can work in exchange for accommodation and meals, instead of for wages. The working hours are usually not much more than half a day. WWOOF farms are usually smaller than the average farm in New Zealand.
You can apply for WWOOF membership at the office of our partner organisation in Auckland.
Tips from former participants
- It’s best to look for work once you get to a place. Ask in hostels and check notice boards!
- Don’t worry, you’ll find work everywhere – just ask around!
- Don’t make yourself a timetable - the people of New Zealand have a very relaxed lifestyle!
- Temporary employment agencies are a good way to find a job quickly. However, you’ll find the best job ads in the newspaper!