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Live, Work & Travel in New Zealand


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Top Sites - A backpacking website for New Zealand. Includes seasonal job vacancies.

Budget Backpacker Hostels - An accommodation guide to NZ's BBH network of hostels. Also includes BBH hostel work and other vacancies.

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Employment in New Zealand

Employers, Agencies & Placement Services

Canstaff - Farm and backpacker jobs agency.

Just Cuts - Qualified hairdressers are wanted to work in 140 salons in Australia and New Zealand.

Manpower - New Zealand branch of the worldwide employment agency.

Mr Apple - Mr Apple NZ Ltd offers fruit picking and packing jobs in the Hawke's Bay and Nelson areas. The dedicated employment website linked to Mr Apple no longer seems to be available but they state they employ 160 permanent staff and take on an extra 1,500 for the peak season.

Mrs Jones' Orchard - Cherry pickers and packers wanted beginning mid December and ending in early February. Situated near Cromwell in Central Otago (South Island), accommodation is available and the website includes an online job application form.

Quinn Staff Recruiters - Auckland based recruitment agency specialising in office, insurance and travel and tourism jobs.

Parker Bridge Recruitment - Accounting and finance recruitment agency in Auckland.

Providore - Temp hospitality staff.

Spider Personnel - Offer a wide range of NZ based jobs from technical trades to sales and marketing.

Tonix Health Recruitment New Zealand - Specialises in recruiting nurses and other health professionals to RMN, ODP, anaesthetic technicians, mental health, midwives jobs and other vacancies in New Zealand.

Employment Resources for Finding Work in New Zealand

Advice & Useful Sites for Finding Work

Aranga Backpackers - Fruit picking, packing and general orchard work is available to backpackers in Kerikeri all year round. This hostel will help you find some.

Australia and New Zealand Outlook - Now owned by TNT this useful and free tourism and immigration newspaper has relaunched as a magazine and is now available to read online.

Backpack New Zealand - This presentable site provides a directory of services and activities for the backpacker, photgraphs and some work information.

Blue Nation - Superyacht crew training. A list of New Zealand based recruitment companies can also be found on their links page.

Budget Backpacker Hostels - An accommodation guide to NZ's BBH network of hostels. Also includes BBH hostel work and other vacancies.

Farm Helpers in New Zealand - Sell a booklet listing over 190 farms throughout New Zealand that are willing to offer food and board in exchange for 4 to 6 hours work a day.

FRENZ International - Whether you are a New Zealander wanting to work in any region of New Zealand, or a qualified overseas worker, that meets immigration requirements, who wants to gain valuable work experience in New Zealand, FRENZ helps with finding jobs in the Kiwi countryside. All jobs come with rent free accommodation provided.

Gap Year New Zealand - A gap year travel guide for people thinking of taking some time out in New Zealand and includes visa information, a directory and gap year ideas.

New Zealand Job Search - Good information for those looking to work in New Zealand, including visa eligibility assessment form. There is plenty of information for people looking to migrate to New Zealand including importing pets and buying a house.

New Zealand Jobs - Jobs and career information.

The Rotten Apple - Backpacker hostel that can assist with finding fruit picking work.

Seasonal Work in New Zealand - Assistance with finding seasonal work on the NZ harvest trail.

Seek Communications - Job search and career information. - Job search links relating specifically to academics and university staff who wish to find work in NZ.

Working In New Zealand - Jobs in New Zealand for returning New Zealanders and skilled migrants.

Gap Year & Voluntary Work in New Zealand

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Almond House Backpackers - Work exchange jobs in Nelson.

Alpine Holiday Apartments and Campground - A quiet family park in the forest two kilometres from Hanmer Spring. They will provide accommodation and a bike for 14 hours labour each week. The work is mostly cleaning and gardening, with a bit of painting and, if experienced, possibly reception duties too. Couples or friends travelling together are preferred.

Annie’s Nirvana Lodge - In Takaka, a friendly mature non smoker is preferred to clean and help in reception for four hours a day, with one day off a week. Minimum stay is one month.

Astray Motel and Backpackers - Cleaning and bed making are the chores needing doing in Rotorua in exchange for free accommodation. The work is for around three hours a day, with one day off per week, for a minimum of three weeks.

Birdsong Backpackers - Enjoy the experience being part of a team at this small, family run backpackers in Hokitika. Daily cleaning and gardening work buys your accommodation. Two week minimum.

Bon Accord - Sometimes looks for a savvy English speaking volunteer to help on reception in Akaroa. A free bunk and one staff meal is offered in return.

Earthwise Valley - A New Zealand based, charitable, volunteer run, sustainable living project. The volunteer programme will suit people interested in learning about sustainable living, enjoying the outdoors, and living a saner, richer and simpler life.

Global Village Backpackers - We have seen this Greymouth hostel advertising for work exchange staff.

Hekerua Lodge - Two hours’ work a day in Waiheke will invite free accommodation.

Jailhouse Accommodation - Do a three month stretch working for your stay in Christchurch.

LKNZ Backpackers - Stay for a minimum of two weeks doing odd jobs and cleaning and there’s free accommodation in a bike to get around Ohakune n it for you.

National Park Backpackers - A hostel found in a small alpine village in Central North Island, near the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. They could do with a motivated traveller willing to help with the daily housekeeping for four hours a day in exchange for food and a dorm bed. They provide one day off a week and they want someone to stick around for a fortnight, but would prefer longer.

Nelson Beach Hostel - Two hours of cleaning is required to earn a bed here. A minimum stay of one month is required.

Neptunes International Backpackers - A work exchange in Greymouth is possible.

New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers - NZTCV provides information on wildlife, botanical, restoration and other conservation projects found across the length of the land of the long white cloud.

Noah's Ark Backpackers - Do three hours a day helping with the cleaning and laundry or anything else that needs doing and they will hand over a bike and free accommodation in Greymouth. They ask for a minimum stay of seven days but are happy if you can stay longer.

The Old Countryhouse - Looks for someone kind, friendly and outgoing to work in their reception. Work is for three and a half days per week in Christchurch. A food allowance is provided along with accommodation in the staff house. Minimum stay is three months but ideally for longer.

Paradiso Backpacker Hostel - We have seen Nelson's Paradiso advertising for a night porter to work on a part paid and part for free accommodation basis for three or four nights a week. Applicants were expected to stay for at least a couple of months.

Sequoia Lodge & Backpackers - Looks for friendly people to help in Picton for up to three hours per day, six days a week in return for accommodation, breakfast, choc pudding and ice cream every night, a weekly woofer dinner and other extras. Duties include mainly cleaning but also some driving if you have a valid licence.