Work a season in New Zealand at one of the top resorts and claim the ultimate bragging rights. Kick start your working holiday with a guaranteed job interview prior to departure and hit the ground running from the moment you arrive.
Known as the adrenaline capital of the world, New Zealand is the little country with a lot to boast about. If you have an appetite for all things adventure, hobbits, amazing people and scenery that takes your breath away, New Zealand should be on your bucket list.
With the Smaller Earth office based in Queenstown, we're at the heart of the action. We know the locals, we are the locals and we know exactly where to get the best burger in town. We have partnered with some of the country's most prestigious employers to provide you with an unforgettable adventure.
Our Kiwi & Kiwi Summer resort package allows you to interview with New Zealand employers from the comfort of your home via Skype.
The Application Process
To get started, simply complete an online application. We want to know lots 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:
Positions requiring previous experience
Line Cook (Some food prep skills)
Hotel Positions – 12 months experience or some degree of professional training required.
Hotel Front Desk
Hotel Guest services
Fine dining restaurant waiter/waitress
Food and Beverage attendant
Experienced bar/cocktail maker
We're not always looking for qualifications, but the more experience you have, the more desirable you are to hire as a future staff member. For the summer season, you'll need to be available for at least 6 months and be able to arrive between October 1st and December 31st. Once your application is complete, someone from our awesome team will be in touch to run through your profile and the programme in a little more detail. Then simply pay your $100 deposit to set up your pre-screen Skype interview and get going with your required documents; these include:
Self declared medical form
At least one professional reference
Copy of your passport
This is your chance to interview before your depart for your dream job across the world. We're taking the un-known out of the equation and bringing the jobs to you for the most epic of epic holiday seasons. This means that you could depart the US ready with your job in hand...the best way to start your gap year.
To be eligible for this program and for a guaranteed interview, you'll need to ensure you meet the following criteria:
Be available between October 1st & December 31st for at least 6 months
Have previous work experience (in some jobs up to a year 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.
Guaranteed job interview with a New Zealand Employer*
Airport transfer to arrival accommodation
3 nights of accommodation at The Nomads Hostel w/ breakfast
Queenstown/Auckland or Christchurch arrival orientation depending on location of employment
Accommodation seeking assistance (Advise, participant must be proactive in finding housing)
Pre arranged Bank appointment
Tax (IRD) Application assistance
CV/Job Seeking assistance
2 Degrees Mobile Sim Card
Mail Holding and forwarding services
Luggage Storage (at accommodation)
*Once you have been officially accepted onto the program
What’s Not Included?
Perks of the Job
Free season pass for the three ski fields
Shuttle bus to the mountain
Discounted food & drink
Staff housing (Hermitage Summer work only)
To be eligible for the working holiday visa you must:
Usually be permanently living in your country of residence – this means you can be temporarily visiting another country when you submit your application
Have a passport 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 $350 NZD per month of stay available funds to meet your living costs while you’re there
Meet the health and character requirements
Be going to New Zealand to holiday, with work or study being secondary intentions for your visit
Not have been approved a visa or 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 while you’re there)
You can only work for a period of 12 months
You can enroll in one or more courses of training or study of up to six months duration in total during your visit