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Finding Work

All details about how to work in New Zealand can be found at Immigration New Zealand.

Finding Work

The easiest way to find work in New Zealand is to register at temporary employment agencies. Temporary assignments fit within the scope of your working holiday permit and employment agencies also line you up with reasonably well paying positions.
You could try one of the following agencies, which have a job search function on their website: and offices throughout New Zealand:
With over 6000 offices worldwide, Adecco has all sorts of office work available.
Level 9, Qantas House, 191 Queen Street, Auckland
tel: (09) 309 7572
Advanced Personnel
This South Island-based agency has offices in Nelson, Christchurch and Invercargill.
829 Colombo Street, Christchurch
tel: (03) 365 4322
Clayton Ford
This specialist in accounting, banking and financial related jobs has branches in Auckland and Wellington.
Level 19, 120 Albert Street, Auckland
tel: (09) 379 9924
De Winter
This is an Auckland-based recruitment agency specialising in contract work in the IT field.
Level 4, Symphony House, 300 Queen Street, Auckland
tel: (09) 366 1944
Eden Brown
This recruitment agency specialises in jobs for health professionals and can help with work visas.
Shortland Street, Auckland
tel: (09) 368 1054
HHES Hospitality Recruitment
HHES specialises in jobs in the hospitality industry.
Level 2, 139 Wellesley Street, Auckland
tel: (09) 379 7532
Manpower is one of the world's largest employment agencies with over 3000 offices worldwide.
Level 4, 63 Albert Street, Auckland
tel: (09) 379 2333

General information
There are a few good general-purpose employment websites that are a good starting point, these include Trademe Jobs and Seek. is a job search engine for New Zealand. In one simple search, Careerjet gives job seekers access to a huge selection of jobs that are sourced from various internet sites, saving the trouble of having to visit each site individually.

To get a good idea about the availability of work, long-term accommodation and costs of living, check the classified ads in the main New Zealand newspapers. The Dominion-Post (Wellington), the New Zealand Herald (Auckland), the Press (Christchurch), the Otago Daily Times (Dunedin and Otago) are particularly good places to look for work.
Fruit picking is a popular backpackers job in New Zealand during the summer. It is hard work, but it's a good way to keep fit and get a tan. Grape picking work is often available in the wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay and Marlborough, particularly in Hastings and Blenheim. Other fruit picking work is found around Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands and Motueka, near Nelson. Central Otago around Queenstown is good for stone fruit picking. Hostels in fruit-picking destinations will usually find work for you and a quick phone call before arriving can give you a quick rundown on the work situation.

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