Work in New Zealand

Work in New Zealand

Work in New Zealand

If you are looking for well-paid work in New Zealand, it is essential that you have a good knowledge of the English language.

If you want to improve your English during your work-and-travel experience then small jobs are just right for you. On average you can earn 16 to 19 NZD per hour. Since 1st April 2017 the legal minimum wage is 15.75 NZD.

As the unemployment rate in New Zealand is rather low,  finding a job is not particularly difficult, especially during the harvest season where NZ is highly dependent on backpackers.

The best thing to do is to look for a job locally after you have arrived. It’s most helpful to look at billboards or to ask for a job in hostels. Temporary employment agencies are another suitable way to find a job, especially if you are looking for an office job or if you like to work in sales. Finally, don’t forget about the good old newspaper. There you will also find a lot of job offers. In Auckland it’s worth to have a look in the New Zealand Herald.

You can also find valuable information on various websites. Here are some of them:


Whether in the big city or out in the country, here are some suggestions on where you can find work and earn money:

– harvesting zucchini, olives, kiwifruit, strawberries, apples, apricots, grapes etc.

– sorting and packing kiwifruit

– transplanting eggplants

– cutting asparagus

– spreading compost on fields

– farm work, sheep shearing etc.

– working as a hostel receptionist

– working as a maid in a hotel

– working as a waiter in a bar, cafe or restaurant

– working as a supermarket salesman

– washing cars

– painting windows, doing construction work such as masoning or plastering

– WWOOFing


What does the abbreviation WWOOF mean?

Willing Workers On Organic Farms is a network of farms that work in an environmentally friendly fashion. There you can work in return for free food and accommodation. You get to know the land and family more closely and you can really effectively improve your English. And don’t worry: You won’t be a servant all day long. In most cases the effective working time is half a day.


Requirements for working in NZ:

– Apply for a tax identification number, the so-called “IRD Number”

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is the tax office in New Zealand. To apply for a number you will need your valid visa and copy of your passport as well as one other form of ID (e.g. your Driver License). You will also have to name a valid address in New Zealand which can be the address of your first stay. Within two weeks after your application you can expect to get the IRD card sent to you. You then immediately need to inform your employer, pass your IRD details on to him as well as your tax code. Only then will he be able to pay your salary.

If you require assistance when applying for your IRD number we are more than happy to help you.

– Open a bank account

Wages are usually paid weekly or fortnightly and have to be transferred into a New Zealand bank account. Therefore, you should immediately open such an account upon arrival in New Zealand. We can fill out the respective bank forms together and you will own a bank card on the same day or the very next day. We recommend Westpac for banking.

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