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With Work New Zealand you can spend up to 6 incredible months living and working in New Zealand
and stopping off at some of the most exotic spots in the world on your way there and back. New
Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with an incredibly diverse natural
environment. From the giant sand dunes of Ninety Mile Beach, to the bubbling mudpools of Rotorua,
the vineyards of Marlborough and the ice capped peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps, New Zealand
is a country that will never cease to amaze you. In addition, jobs are plentiful and New Zealand really
welcomes overseas visitors.

Work & Accommodation
On this visa you can take any job, anywhere, throughout your stay. New Zealand is currently facing a
labour shortage and there is plenty of work available. Participants find work mainly in restaurants, bars,
offices, retail and ski resorts. Many are able to secure career-related positions. Agricultural work is also
plentiful. When you arrive, IEP will tell you which crops are in season and how to find this type of work.
Remember that the seasons are reversed in New Zealand. New Zealand students start their summer
break in mid-November and will be potential job competition then. If you are going before Christmas, we
recommend that you obtain your first job as soon as you can upon arrival. There is plenty of
budget/backpacker accommodation throughout the country in Youth Hostel Association (YHA) hostels
and in independent hostels. Hostels are great places to meet other overseas travellers. For longer stays
in towns or cities, ‘flatting’ (apartment sharing) is the norm.
Work New Zealand Offers
      Free choice of arrival date in New Zealand
      Pre-departure support from SPICE including visa processing on your behalf
      Discounted comprehensive worldwide travel insurance
      Access to special, inclusive flight deals
      Auckland arrivals package including bus transfer, two nights’ accommodation, orientation and
      help with bank account set-up and Inland Revenue Department number, job service,
      accommodation and travel help and advice
      IEP Auckland Resource Center and online Members Lounge with ongoing assistance and
      emergency help for the duration of your stay
      Phonecard with credit
         must have a passport from Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, or Malaysia that‘s valid for at least
         three months after your planned departure from New Zealand
         be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old
         not bring children with you
         hold a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket*
         have a minimum of NZ$2,250 available funds to meet your living costs while you’re here
         meet our health and character requirements
         hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay
         be coming to New Zealand to holiday, with work being a secondary intention for your visit
         have not been approved a visa or permit under a Working Holiday Scheme before.

*You are required to hold sufficient funds for the duration of your visit and for the purchase
of an outward ticket from New Zealand. Such evidence may be requested on arrival at the
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the climate like?
A: New Zealand does not have a large temperature range, lacking the extremes found in most
continental climates. However, New Zealand weather can change unexpectedly—as cold fronts or
tropical cyclones quickly blow in. Because of this, you should be prepared for sudden changes in
weather and temperature if you're going hiking or doing other outdoor activities.
Spring - September, October, November / Summer - December, January, February / Autumn - March,
April, May / Winter - June, July, August
New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during
summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the
country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant
Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you
travel south. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months
are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average
maximum temperature ranges between 20 - 30ºC and in winter between 10 - 15ºC.
Q: How much will it cost to buy a car?
A: Typically participants could expect to pay between NZ$1200 – 2500 for a car and NZ$1500 –
3500 for a van. All cars in New Zealand must be registered (NZ$220 a year) and pass a 6-monthly
warrant of fitness tests, which assess the car’s roadworthiness. This test costs around $45 plus the
cost of any repairs needed.
Q: How much is car insurance?
A :Third Party and Third Party, Fire and Theft insurance is available from IEP for 3-12 months. The cost
of the insurance depends on the length of contract, type of policy and age of the driver. 6 months
insurance is generally around $250, while 12 months is around $350. Most insurance policies have
an excess, the excess on the policies sold at IEP is $500.
Q: Is it easy to get from the North to South Island?
A: The two ways to cross the islands are by plane or by ferry. There are 3 major airlines that fly
between the islands. A great search engine to check prices of airlines is
There are two ferry lines that go between the islands – The Inter Islander and Bluebridge. It is usually
$50-$70 for a foot passenger and $150-$200 to take a vehicle.
Q: What is the minimum wage?
A: Minimum wage is $12 per hour.
Q: What if someone at home wants to send me a parcel?
A: Letters & Parcels can be sent to:
IEP, P O Box 1786, Shortland St, Auckland, 1001.
Packages can be couriered to:
IEP, Level 10, 220 Queen St, Auckland, 1001.
We ask participants to e-mail us to check if they have mail every 3-4 weeks.
If a parcel arrives in the office we e-mail participants to let them know it has arrived.
Q: What type of housing is available?
A: There is a variety of housing options available however many participants spend most of their time
in backpacker hostels. Many backpacker hostels offer discounted weekly rates and some people stay
for several weeks. Apartments are common in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and it is possible
to find furnished rooms or apartments. In all cities it is common to rent a room in a large house. The
best place to find housing is or newspapers.
Q: What other costs are involved with housing?
A: To rent a room would cost anywhere from $100-$180 per week depending on the city, location and
condition of the living space.
Other costs would be electricity bills - $20-$40 per month
Internet - $30-$40 per month
Furnishings if the room/house is unfurnished
Water bills will sometimes need to be paid but this is usually small
Q: What is the average price of hostel accommodation?
A: Most hostels will be between $20-$30 a night, most are around $22.
Q: What is public transport like in New Zealand?
A: Bus travel is easy within cities. Most towns and cities have comprehensive public transport. A great
website for Auckland public transport is There is a comprehensive bus network
between most towns in New Zealand on the Intercity network.
Q: Do I have to get money exchanged? Do I need a credit card?
A: Just get about $50 for the beginning, you can always withdraw money from the ATMs with your ATM
card from back home (fees apply, please check with your bank before you leave). We do recommend
getting a credit card as many hostels require it for reservation deposits and for booking cheap flights
(domestic, Fiji, Australia) online. It is also good to have one in case of emergency.
Q: Will I need a power adaptor?
A: Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230 / 240 volts, 50 hertz. Adaptors can be
bought in NZ for $10-$15 from electronic stores.
Q: What is the average price of things in NZ?
A: Cup of Coffee - $3.50-$5.00 / T-Shirt - $30-$50 / Beer or Glass of Wine - $7 / Tube of Toothpaste
- $3 / Shampoo - $6 / McDonald’s Combo - $8
Meal in a nice restaurant - $20-$30
Q: Will I be able to drive in New Zealand or do I need to get a license to commute to work?
A: You can drive in New Zealand if you have a current and valid overseas driver’s license or
international driving permit. This allows you to drive in New Zealand for up to one year.

Example of Jobs
Cleaning/Housekeeping - Akaroa
Beautiful Onuku Farm Hostel (Akaroa) is looking for woofers/exchange workers to start now and at the
beginning of January to help with our housekeeping for a minimum of one month. In exchange for
accommodation a Kayak Trip, and half price Dolphin Swim- on our coastal sheep farm on Bank's
Peninsula - lots of walking and running tracks, fishing, seafood gathering, volleyball, relaxing in beautiful
scenery. Wanting people who enjoy something different & have a sunny disposition and can commit to
3 hourrs per day. There is also paid work available in Akaroa only 6km's away.
Alpine Crazy Putt - Hanmer Springs
Cashier (40 hours + per week) I have a position available for a honest reliable person to carry out the
duties of cashier at our busy mini golf and bike hire complex! Duties include customer service, general
maintenance and bike repairs. This job is available now or within the next two weeks. For more details
phone or text Kim!
Wait Staff - Marlborough Sounds
Wait Staff - Keen to settle down in one place for a few months? Fancy working in a waterfront location
with swimming, kayaking and hiking on your doorstep? We are a five star luxury resort in the
Marlborough Sounds offering three month contracts.
We are looking for an experienced wait person to join our team in delivering exceptional service to our
international guests. Must have barista skills and be prepared to do split shifts. We offer free on site
shared accommodation, good wages and full time work.
Au Pair – Pukekohe
Energetic Aupair wanted for a quality family located in Pukekohe for 6 months to 1 year. Role is 30
hours per week and involves caring for 6 year old boy before school, taking to school, picking up from
school and looking after him until 5pm, Monday-Friday in addition to doing some light housework duties.
They are looking for someone who is active and enjoys sports orientated games. The family live in a very
up and coming area of Pukekohe and have available a vehicle therefore you need to have a Drivers
Dairy Farm – Wanganui
Milking 270 cows and doing some farm work, experience with horses would be an advantage.
Experience milking and knowledge of animal health would be required, as may be left in charge at
times. This would start Jan 09.
Hostel Host – Queenstown
We are a small Boutique Hotel in Cental Queenstown looking for someone to join our friendly team to
help out with the busy summer months ahead! Every staff member does everything here, from cooking
breakfast to cleaning rooms to answering the phone and MUCH more, this is a job with lots of variety
and lots to learn in a stress free environment. 5 x 8 hour shifts per week, two consecutive days off.
Immediate start. This is a great job if you have had a bit of hospitality experience before or if you would
like to try it for the first time - no experience required but enthusiasm essential!
Please also only consider applying if you 1) Are in Queenstown now 2) Speak Excellent English, and 3)
Plan on being in Queenstown until at least April 2009.
Cook – Wellington
Maranui Cafe is a busy cafe situated on the beautiful Lyall Parade beach and we are currently seeking
an enthusiastic Larder Cook. This position is 3 days a week, including Saturdays, from 6am til
Approximately 4pm. As part of the vibrant kitchen team you will need to have experience in cooking,
have a high standard of cleanliness, able to multi task and enjoy working with food. The position is as a
second to our head chef and involves short order cooking of our Breakfast and Lunch menu items as
well as prep work. We offer competitive pay packages with great perks!! Maranui Cafe is a 7 day a week
operation open from 7am - 5pm.
Office Administration – Wellington
We currently have a number of long and short term Administration roles available for proactive and
enthusiastic individuals in the following areas:
Receptionists / Data Entry Operators / Team Administrators / Personal Assistants / Executive
You must come with proficient experience in the basic Microsoft packages such as Word and Excel, and
have previous relevant experience in administration. You will also be well presented and have a positive,
enthusiastic and professional approach to your work. Great hourly rates are on offer, along with the
opportunity to work in some of Wellington’s friendliest and most interesting organisations. SO if you
have the required skill set and would like the opportunity to advance your skills and earn great
$$$$$ don’t hesitate call me now!!!!
Greenpeace – All Over NZ
Want to work For Greenpeace and Travel NZ - Well this is the job for you! Greenpeace is looking for
enthusiastic travellers to join an exciting fundraising travelling team. You will move around New Zealand,
fundraising for this incredible cause. We are looking for either Street or Door 2Door Fundraisers. You
will be on the road for a minimum of 3 months. The first couple of weeks you get to spend in Auckland
or Christchurch, and once you show us you can fundraise we will send you off with a couple of others
just like you. You’ll be working 7 hour days 5 days a week which gives you plenty of time to go
sightseeing. To make your travels even more worthwhile we are going to give you a daily allowance of
NZ$35 (if you reach our target) on top of your salary which is $16.50 -$23 per hour. Do you have a
driver’s license? If you do that’s great, but it’s not compulsory.
Fruit Pickers – Alexandra
Peach pickers wanted, work will start approx 12 Feb 2009. 3-4 weeks duration. Free tent sites available.
Possibility of further work picking apples mid March.