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How to Find Work in New Zealand: A Guide For Working Holiday Makers

Yes, your working holiday visa for New Zealand has been approved – congratulations! You are going to have the best time in this fantastic country (if I do say so myself!).  I’m sure you will have already started drooling over #nzworkingholiday on Instagram and are busy making a list of all the amazing places you want to visit while in NZ.  All that breathtaking scenery and adventuring takes its toll on the bank balance though, so you’re going to need to pick up some work along the way to fund the trip of a lifetime.

It’s up to you whether you go classic backpacker and pick up anything and everything you can, wherever you happen to be, or if you have the best of both worlds and keep your career on trackget a haircut and get a real job!  Either way, you’ll need to get your ducks in a row first.

  • Before you can start counting the dollars, you will need two other very important numbers: IRD number and bank account number
  • You will need a great CV (that’s Kiwi for resume). 2-3 pages is a good length. Go easy on responsibilities and hard on achievements.
  • Decide what type of work you want and start searching online. Remember to search for temp or contract roles that fit within your visa restrictions. Uncle Google should be able to get you most of the way there but here are some of the main job boards in New Zealand to target your job search.

Registering with a recruitment agency can be a great way to help take the pressure off you in finding the right role.  Not all agencies are created equally though; so make sure you choose a recruitment consultant who will listen to your wants and needs and will work together with you to find or create the right opportunities.

people2people has placed hundreds of working holiday makers in New Zealand and Australia.  Check out this video to see how we do things a wee bit differently. We’d love to have a chat to see how we can help you make the most of your working holiday. You can get in touch with our Auckland team via email or call 0800 727 968.

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32 thoughts on “How to Find Work in New Zealand: A Guide For Working Holiday Makers”

  1. Conroy Montgomery

    Interested In working overseas… Have almost 3 years in machine setting and operating experience. Studied fitting and Turning and graduated top of my class.
    I am punctual and hard working.
    Can be situated in any position according to my experience in Machining and design
    *Flexible
    *Honest
    *Team player
    *dedicated to my work

    The reason for applying

    Would like to start a new life in New Zealand and gain different experience in the field of engineering

  2. Kiwi Working Holiday

    Hi Sheryl and Conroy,
    We can try to help you in your job hunt if you are in New Zealand and if you have the right to work here. It’s important to notice that we specialise in white collar jobs (that’s to say accounting, human resources, administration, legal support, operations, supply chain, customer service, property, executive, sales and marketing). Therefore, we won’t be able to help you for jobs related to engineering. Have a look at our website http://www.people2people.co.nz and explore your opportunities in New Zealand! 🙂
    I wish you the best for 2019!
    Remi

  3. Hello sir I am shamshad khan I am currently work in saudi Arabia I have four years experience for Agricultural farm i have good experience for my work i apply for new Zealand for this job
    Thanks for you sir

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Good morning Shamshad,
      Unfortunately, this post isn’t a job offer but is about finding a job in New Zealand. You can check our job vacancies on http://www.people2people.co.nz. However, people2people is specialised in office jobs, and that doesn’t include farm jobs. 🙂
      Have a good day,
      Remi

  4. Dear Madam
    I am Leonides Pancho
    I was a Sushi head chef in lebanon for 15th years
    Now im back here in philippines
    And hope that i can apply new job over there as a sushi chef.
    Is there any job vacancy?

    Hope to hear ur kind reply
    Thank u and best regards
    Mr. Pancho

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Good morning Leonides,
      Unfortunately, people2people isn’t specialised in hospitality jobs. However, if you are looking for opportunities in New Zealand, I would suggest coming to New Zealand first: indeed, employers, especially in the hospitality industry, will suggest a one-day trial, to see how you work and if you fit in their team.
      Have a good day 🙂 and I wish you the best for 2019
      Remi

  5. Good morning my name is jenny. I’m frm malaysia. I have a diploma in childhood education and 15 yrs working experience in teaching kindergarten. Hope i can apply new job in nz. Hope to hear and kindly reply tq

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Jenny,
      Unfortunately, people2people isn’t specialised in childhood education and won’t be able to help you in that case. We recruit in accounting, human resources, administration, legal support, operations, supply chain, customer service, property, executive, sales and marketing.
      If you are not already here, I would suggest applying for a work visa – if it’s possible – and to come to New Zealand. Indeed, most companies won’t hire you if you’re not here and available for a face-to-face interview.
      I wish you the best for 2019 and your job hunt in New Zealand!
      Remi

  6. hi i am annalie from Philippines my age is 47 years old. i am looking a job for massage therapist… i’ve been 13 years of experience as a massage therapist. i have an opportunity to apply in new zealand suitable fo me?

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Good morning Annalie,
      people2people recruits in accounting, human resources, administration, legal support, operations, supply chain, customer service, property, executive, sales and marketing. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to find you a job as a massage therapist.
      We wish you the best in New Zealand!
      Remi

  7. Kristine kaye callope

    Hi! im Kristine from Philippines. I have 5yrs experience as human resource operating officer. One of my dream is to work in NZ. Thanks

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Kristine!
      For sure people2people would love to help you achieve your dream! We will be able to do so if you have the right to work in New Zealand (a relevant visa) and if you are in New Zealand. Let us know if it’s the case and contact us on 0800 727 968 if you have any question,
      Have a good day!

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Lenard,
      To work in New Zealand, a very easy way would be to apply for the Working Holiday Visa. You can check here for further details. And if you want to check what you need to do to be fully ready to apply for a job, you can have a look at this section.
      Once you have the right to work in New Zealand and you’re finally here, you can call us at people2people on 0800 727 968, one of our consultants will be happy to answer your questions.
      Have a good day,
      Remi

  8. Hi This is Josephine Lionel from India…
    Am seeking for international exposure at New Zealand..I do have experience in banking industry for 13 years and currently am working in Barclays Bank as Assistant Manager…can I get suitable job in News Zealand and am planning to apply visa for my higher studies New Zealand..

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Josephine,
      Unfortunately, we won’t be able to help you if you haven’t the right to work here. If you have more questions, call us on 0800 727 968, one of our consultants will be happy to help you.
      Have a great day,
      Remi

  9. Hilario Cunanan

    Hi, sir/ma’am this is hilario cunanan 36 years old from philippines,
    I’m interested to work in New Zealand, I do have experience in garments factory for 1 year, family driver for 8 years. hope i can apply new job in new zealand, all i want is to help my family,.. hope to hear and kindly reply,
    Thanks…

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Hilario! My answer will be the same than the previous one. Unfortunately, my company isn’t specialised in your field. people2people recruits in accounting, human resources, administration, legal support, operations, supply chain, customer service, property, executive, sales and marketing. I suggest checking the Skill Shortage List to make sure that one of the jobs you are looking for is in this list. It is otherwise very difficult to come to New Zealand and to get sponsored. I wish you the best!
      Remi

  10. Respected sir/madam Looking for babysitter work in New Zealand currently I am working in Italy I have a experience of housekeeping and babysitter. I am single mother . My nationality is Tibetan kindly waiting your positive reply Thank you

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Namgyal! Unfortunately, my company isn’t specialised in your field. people2people recruits in accounting, human resources, administration, legal support, operations, supply chain, customer service, property, executive, sales and marketing. I suggest checking the Skill Shortage List to make sure that one of the jobs you are looking for is in this list. It is otherwise very difficult to come to New Zealand and to get sponsored. I wish you the best!
      Remi

  11. Hi I’m Juaneth from hongkong looking a job in new Zealand I’m been working for sales and marketing for many years ago. And I’m there in nz in 2013 for a tourist visa only.

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Juaneth, it can be hard to get a job when you are on a tourist visa, and people2people won’t be able to help you if you don’t have the right to work in New Zealand. However, you can get a Working Holiday Visa (check this link), it could be a good start to come to New Zealand and find work. If you have any other question regarding Working Holiday Visas, let me know at remi@people2people.co.nz. Have a good day,

  12. joel patemia mendoza

    hi my name is joel mendoza,,x japan with finesh contra in 3 years diary farm.watashino shachou wa nobuaki narikiyou.namae no kaisha wa narikiyou boukojou desu.doumo arigato gusaimashita.

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Joel, My company is unfortunately not specialised in your field. people2people recruits in accounting, human resources, administration, legal support, operations, supply chain, customer service, property, executive, sales and marketing. I suggest checking the Skill Shortage List to make sure that one of the jobs you are looking for is on this list. It is otherwise very difficult to come to New Zealand and to get sponsored. I wish you the best!
      Remi

  13. Hi Madam,
    This Is Mohammed Safeel From India. work in NZ is my dream currently am working as an Accountant in Dubai. I holding an Masters Degree in Business Administration and also i am preparing for language test too for apply work permit in NZ under the category of Skilled Migrant Category, can you please tell me how far i am eligible to get the work visa in NZ. if i get the work permit and the visa can i get any job before i came to NZ, Can i came there with having a job can you please help me to do so…

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Mohammed, unfortunately, we can’t give you any immigration advice, and we won’t be able to help you find work in New Zealand if you haven’t got a work visa (many companies would see this as a risk and would be reluctant to engage with an agency where there would also be a fee for our service). We wish you the best!

  14. Hi madam
    My name is waqas rahim
    l am PAKISTANI
    I need a any job
    I am a hard worker I am a good driver
    My contact number is
    03122004438
    03442806121

    1. Kiwi Working Holiday

      Hi Waqas,
      Thank you for your message, unfortunately without you living in New Zealand and having rights to work we wouldn’t be able to assist you with finding work in New Zealand.
      I wish you the best of luck with your job hunt.
      Kind Regards

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