It’s almost time for Apple Picking

Apples are grown predominantly in the Hawkes Bay in the North Island and the Nelson/Motueka region of the South Island. Orchards are preparing for the picking seasons which begins in February and lasts through to May. Some may already have their workers ready to go but places you could try contacting for job opportunities include: […]

Looking For Work Over New Years

If you are wanting paid work at this time of year the following have been advertised recently: – Kiwifruit Orchard work with Keri Central Backpackers in Kerikeri – Kiwifruit Thinning in the Bay of Plenty – Vineyard work in Marlborough – Honey Harvesting in Clarence And the odd job is popping up to work at […]

Cherry Picking In Otago

The New Zealand Cherry Corporation is now taking applications for the upcoming cherry picking season. Details can be found on their Facebook Page.  

Seasonal Work Available

There has been a noticeable increase in job listings for seasonal work recently. These include: – Vineyard work in Marlborough (around Blenheim) – Vineyard work in Burnham, just south of Christchurch – Orchard work in the Bay of Plenty, around Tauranga, Te Puke and also Tairua – Vineyard and orchard work in Central Otago Listings […]

Vintage Work in 2014

Vintage or harvest is the time of year that grapes are picked and brought in to the winery to be processed in to wine. In New Zealand this period generally begins in mid March and runs for 5 – 8 weeks. Because of the extra work load, most wineries will employ seasonal staff (generally called […]

Working in the Marlborough Sounds

Two fantastic resorts recently advertised for seasonal staff for the summer season, both located in the Marlborough Sounds. The Marlborough Sounds are located at the top of the South Island, and are famous for hiking, fishing and water activities as well as stunning scenery. Peppers Portage Resort and Furneaux Lodge had advertisements on the popular […]

Working On The Remote West Coast of New Zealand

You may have heard of the two major glaciers in New Zealand. The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are located on the West Coast of the South Island and both spots are thriving little places for an influx of tourists over the summer months. Franz Josef is a small township of around 400 people and […]

Temp Admin & Office Work in New Zealand

Every week on the popular job site Trade Me Jobs and Seek, there are new listings for temporary administrators, receptionists, EA’s & PA’s (executive assistants & personal assistants) and data entry work. These are generally advertised by recruitment agencies. So you would need to contact them, send them a CV and go in to the […]

Getting Seasonal Work Via a Backpackers Hostel

If you are keen to be spending the upcoming summer months picking some fruit then it is useful to know about the many working backpackers around New Zealand. They tend to be located in the fruitpicking hot spots of New Zealand, like Hawke’s Bay (Napier & Hastings), Marlborough (Blenheim township), Northland (Kerikeri) and the Bay […]

Booking In For A Great Walk in New Zealand

This is a bit off the topic of employment in New Zealand, but summer is coming and you may have heard of something called The Great Walks of New Zealand. There are currently 9 Great Walks in New Zealand and they are recognised as the premier walking tracks throughout the country. They are not necessarily […]

Tourism Jobs For The Summer Season

If you have been browsing job listings on popular websites like Backpackerboard & Trade Me recently, you will notice that there have been an increase in the amount of job adverts for staff for the upcoming summer season. The summer season in New Zealand tends to kick off towards the end of October/November through to […]

Short Term Work in New Zealand – What Are My Options?

Are you looking for work for a week or two? Maybe you have 6 weeks left in New Zealand and want to find some paid work.  Assuming you are not too fussy about what you do it will really depend on the time of year and your skill set to determine what kind of work […]

South Island Job Sites

If you are looking for work in the South Island there are the main nationwide websites to search, such as: There are also some websites that are more South Island specific. These include: CanStaff and AgStaff and – this company specialise in placements in factories, orchards, farms, roadworks in the […]

Is Christchurch a good place to work?

The hottest spot in New Zealand for many types of work at the moment is Christchurch. After two big earthquakes (in Sept 2010 and Feb 2011) caused massive damage to the city, the ‘Christchurch Rebuild’ is underway. Construction workers and Tradestaff are in highest demand but there is also a need for a variety of […]

Au Pair Work – Is It For Me?

You will notice that there are plenty of Au Pair/Live In Nanny opportunities all around New Zealand. It could be tempting to talk yourself in to applying for these jobs without considering if it is really something that you would want to do. Here are some points to consider: – Do you like children? Have […]

Working for Accommodation – What kind of work would I be doing?

Each week on popular backpacker job websites such as Backpackerboard, and on the noticeboard section of BBH, there are many  opportunities advertised to ‘work for accommodation’. Usually the work exchange is for 2-3 hours per day but might be more if you get meals provided with your accommodation. There is a misconception that you will be cleaning […]