New Zealand Gap Year Jobs - Find NZ Resort Work with Smaller Earth | Smaller Earth UK




Let's keep this simple; we're going to set you up with guaranteed job interviews prior to your departure with the top resort employers in New Zealand. You'll land yourself a job earning $15+ an hour during the Kiwi Winter season and be living it up in Queenstown. 

When you're not working at the resort you can find time to explore and discover the adventure capitol of the world. Impress your friends by going bungee jumping, water-skiing, caving, jet-boating, skydiving, surfing and hiking. Discover the famous vineyards and eateries and at the end of the each day chill out with a cold one in your hand with your new found friends.

New Zealand has one of the best lifestyles in the world and a climate to match. Where you'll be living is full of rugged mountains, majestic lakes, beautiful forestry, crystal clear water and sandy beaches. You've heard about it, you've talked about it, now go discover it for yourself. 

The cherry on top? Our Smaller Earth office is based in Queenstown so we're at the heart of the action. We know the locals, we are the locals and we know the town like the back of our hand. 


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Hiring Fairs

Liverpool Hiring Fair

Saturday 8th April, 1 Hanover St, Liverpool L1 3DN

London Hiring Fair

Sunday 9th April, Radisson Blu Hotel


This is your opportunity to meet New Zealand employers face to face before you depart the UK. We're taking the un-known out of the equation and setting up the hiring fairs with Kiwi employers who want to meet and hire you on the spot.

Attending the Hiring fair will give you the comfort of landing in New Zealand with an amazing paid job waiting for you.

To be eligible for this programme and for a guaranteed interview, you'll need to ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18-30
  • Be available from June 1st for at least 3+ months
  • Have previous work experience
  • Have a positive, can-do attitude
  • Have a clean criminal background
  • Have no pre-existing medical conditions

Your actual start date may vary depending on the job role you're hired for and the employer that hires you.

How it Works

The Application Process

To get started, simply complete an online application. We want to about you - including your previous work experience and what skills you can bring to a New Zealand employer. You'll need to have previous work experience in one or more of the following areas/job roles in order to be accepted on to the programme:

  • Ski Patrollers
  • Snow Makers
  • Chair Lift Operators
  • Snow Groomer Operators
  • Rental Technicians
  • Chefs
  • Line Cooks
  • Kitchen Hand/Dishwasher
  • Cashier
  • Barista
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Bar Server

We're not always looking for qualifications, but the more experience you have, the more desirable you are to hire. You'll need to be available for at least 3 months so that you can work right the way through the NZ Winter which falls between the months of June and August. Sometimes the snow lingers thorugh into September, so ideally you'd need to be availble for as long as possible to finish the season. 

Once your application is complete, one of our awesome team will be in touch to run through your profile and the programme in a little more detail. Then simply pay your £49 deposit and get going with your required documents; these include:

  • Self-declaration medical form
  • At least one professional reference
  • Copy of your passport

What's Included?

What’s Included?

  • Guaranteed job interview with a New Zealand employer*
  • Airport pick up
  • Three night hostel stay with breakfast
  • Visa application support
  • Guidance with obtaining your IRD (this is your unique tax number that you need to get paid!)
  • Bank account appointment booked for your arrival
  • Accommodation Guide
  • Big Night Out Voucher

What’s Not Included?

  • Flights
  • Working Holiday Visa ($208 NZD)
  • Living expenses

Perks of the Job

  • Free season pass for the three ski fields
  • Free shuttle bus to the mountain 
  • Discounted food & drink



New Zealand Employers

The New Zealand Winter typically falls between the months of June to August. We're working with NZSKI and the three main ski fields based on the South Island; The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt. 

Coronet Peak
Coronet Peak is based just 25 minutes from Queenstown, the party capital of the South. Being one of the only slopes to offer night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights, you can easily see why this is a popular choice for those wanting to live the intense party lifestyle. It has amazing facilities and the most breathtaking views across Lake prepared to fall in love with this place. World class athletes flock to Coronet Peak to train in the Winter months, dubbing it the 'original' ski resort area. 
Mt Hutt
Mount Hutt rises around 80km to the West of Christchurch about 2190 metres above sea level. It's the largest skiable area on the South Island, boasting an incredible 3.65 square km of white snowy goodness. For those of you who are keen to hit the slopes, Mt Hutt caters for all abilities with a 'magic carpet' for beginners through to challenging black runs for the more advanced level skiers. There's no accommodation on the mountain itself, so your new home will be based in Methven which is a town about 35 minutes away.
The Remarkables
The Remarkables mountain range really does live up to its name as it rises majestically over the southeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu. It's about a 45 minute drive from Queenstown so you'll never be far from the action as this is where you'll stay. The slopes here cater for all abilities with plenty of space for beginners and free style areas for the more advanced skier. Boasting some of the best alpine views in the world, The Remarkables is a place like no other.


The Visa


Check out our video on How to Apply for your Working Holiday Visa!

To be eligible for the visa you must:

  • A valid passport
  • Be between 18 and 30 years old
  • Hold a return ticket, or have sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
  • Have a minimum of $350 NZD per month of your intended stay available to meet your living costs whilst you're there
  • Meet the health & character requirements
  • Not have been approved a visa permit under a New Zealand working holiday scheme before

A few things to know about your Working Holiday Visa

  • You can only take up temporary employment (unless you apply for and are granted an ordinary work permit whilst you're there)
  • You can only work for a period of 12 months or 23 months
  • You can enroll in one or more courses of training or study of up to six months duration in total during your visit




When is the latest I can apply?
If you're hoping to work a ski season in New Zealand, you'll start work in June for the duration of the Winter season (around 3 months). Therefore, you should submit your application and pay your deposit as early as later than March 1st 2017 to ensure you get an interview spot. Once the spots are gone...they're gone! Just click 'Apply Now' above to get going. 
I'm nervous about meeting the employers, will you help me?
Absolutely! We're here to help make things as easy as we possibly can and have designed the application process as such. You'll go through a pre-screen interview with us which you can treat almost like a practice run before the real thing. We'll give you hints, tips and help your application stand out from the rest. 
Do I have to go for the whole year?
No! Although your visa will be valid for 12 months; the duration of your trip is completely up to you. You should ensure you're available to work for a minimum period of 3 months.
What if I don't get hired?
Hopefully, this won't happen because to be accepted on to the programme you'll need to meet the criteria we've set out. But, in the unfortunate event that this should happen you can either switch on to our Kiwi & Kiwi arrivals package or we'll refund your programme fees (minus the deposit which is non refundable).
Is accommodation included?
Accommodation is not included in the programme past your first 5 nights, however, you’ll be provided with an accommodation guide prior to your arrival. You’ll also have access to our Resort Jobs New Zealand Facebook page allowing you to connect with other participants who are heading out to New Zealand at the same time. Both Queenstown and Mount Hutt offer a variety of accommodations suitable for seasonal workers. We suggest booking at least an extra 7 nights of accommodation at your hostel to give you adequate time to find some more permanent accommodation.
How do I apply for the right visa?
You’ll need to apply for the Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) visa via the New Zealand Immigration website. The UK has an unlimited number of visas available to 18-30 years old. Your visa application is completed entirely online without having to physically visit an embassy, nice and simple. Once you’re officially accepted on to our programme we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have about your visa application. For now though, go ahead and check out this handy video we've created which will tell you how you can apply for your Working Holiday Visa to New Zealand!



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