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6 Popular Types of Backpacker Jobs to do on your Working Holiday in New Zealand

Are you considering combining work & travel in New Zealand? Here’s a list of the popular types of backpacker jobs that are available. Perfect for those on a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand.

A working holiday visa is a unique opportunity for young travellers (aged between 18 and 30) to work & travel in New Zealand. It is an amazing opportunity to experience New Zealand like a local and to earn some extra money for travelling. Check out all info about the working holiday visa on the Immigration NZ website. And make sure to keep reading to see the kind of jobs you can do on your working holiday in New Zealand.

Hospitality

Kiwis are a social bunch and love going out to restaurants, pubs and cafes around the country. Hospitality work is a great way to meet people and learn new skills. It is suited to people who enjoy talking to people and have great communication and customer service skills.

Work in hospitality on your working holiday in New Zealand

Hospitality roles all expect different qualifications/experience depending on the job. For example, if you are a chef applying for a head chef role you will be expected to have the required experience. If you have little or no experience in hospitality, there are still great opportunities for you, such as being a kitchen hand. For the most part, a great attitude and hard work are all which is required for entry-level jobs.

Fruit Industry/Seasonal Work

If you want to travel and work around New Zealand and enjoy hard work outdoors, then seasonal work could be for you. This type of work is popular as it allows you to work in some of the most beautiful spots in the country while meeting people and working in a team.

You need to be fit, enthusiastic and reliable. Training will be provided on the job so no previous experience is needed. There are more technical roles that will require some experience/qualifications, such as forklift driving and supervising in the orchard or packing shed.

Ski Fields

Despite warmer temperatures during the winter months compared to other countries in the world, New Zealand has some world-class ski fields. If you enjoy skiing/snowboarding and dealing with people, working at a ski resort offers great work experience.

Work can take place indoors or outdoors depending on the role. There is a range of jobs available which don’t necessarily require ski field experiences, such as receptionist, rental staff, kitchen staff and lift operators. These roles just require some general work experience, a great work ethic and customer service skills. Jobs such as ski/snowboard instructing and snowmaking will require specific qualifications or experience.

Au Pair

If you enjoy looking after children, becoming an Au Pair for a family in New Zealand is a great way to work and get to know the locals. Your day will be filled with different responsibilities and ever-changing situations! You will need to have childcare experience, patience and great communication skills to work as an Au Pair.

Work for Accommodation

If you have no work experience or want to try something different, working for accommodation is a great option to look into as it offers you more flexibility. You will work for a few hours a day in exchange for a bed and sometimes food and internet access depending on the job.

Work is available around New Zealand and you can pick up some new skills in interesting industries. Work is not limited to cleaning a hostel and also includes working in areas such as horse trekking, café work, gardening or labour work. With this in mind, work can be anywhere, inside a restaurant or outside in the sun! Most of the Work for Accommodation options will not require any previous experience unless specified.

Labour Work

New Zealand offers tradespeople the opportunity to gain more industry experience by working on some great projects. Labour work is available around city centres and other areas in the country where development or refurbishing is taking place. It is a great way to gain international experience within a team environment. Jobs can vary from a builder, electrician or plumber.

Most roles within the labour industry will require you to be qualified in your trade; for example, you will need to have the correct qualifications to be an electrician in New Zealand. General labour work normally just requires you to have a great attitude, be reliable and able to do the physical hard work.

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