How to Find a Job in NZ

Being on a working holiday visa and need to find a job? Or planning your gap year in New Zealand and want to work? It might seem difficult at first but there are plenty of jobs available in New Zealand!


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Before finding a job

Get an IRD number! This is a unique tax number given to you by the Inland Revenue Department in NZ so that you can pay the correct taxes as you work. Without an IRD number, you could be paying up to 46,7% of your wage on taxes. Get it ASAP when you're planning to work. You will need: a valid passport, proof of your NZ bank account number, your tax number from home, proof of your intended activity in NZ and access to the internet as you can do that online.

Finding a job

You need a current CV which you can already send online before arriving in NZ. Once you arrived, print some and introduce yourself face-to-face to employers! Also look at supermarket or hostel job boards, newspapers and bulletins for job listings and apply as soon as possible.

As well as this, there are job agencies or recruitment agencies, which are paid by employers to find a perfect match for a job role. You just need to fill out an online profile, upload your current CV, confirm that you have an IRD number and confirm that you have a NZ bank account.

A few online recruitment agencies are: Tradestaff, Helping Hands, SSCO, Quinn Staff Recruiters, Personnel Placements and there are also some shops in the cities. Take some time to find a place that best suits your needs.


Work New Zealand

Working Holiday jobs

1. Horticulture (orchard and vineyard work)

This is one of the easiest working holiday visa jobs to get, especially during the picking season. It's a huge industry in NZ with a wealth of fruit orchards and vineyards covering the country.

2. Farm work

In addition to it's horticulture, NZ has a big agricultural industry, especially in dairy farming.

3. Hostel work

"Work for accommodation" require