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Winter work near ski resorts in NZ?

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1. Posted by karlod (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi everybody

Heading over to New Zealand in january (on a WHV) with a lose plan of heading south for the winter. Im going to land with a mate, do some travelling, maybe work a while up north on a farm (or something along that line) always with the intension of working and skiing in the winter.
So im wondering how to go about getting work for the winter months. How difficult is it to find a job (imagine quite a few people would be looking for work!!)?
What sort of places take on holiday staff? When is the best time to start looking?
Any help and other info owuld be great.
Thanks in advance


2. Posted by Odine (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Karl, I live in Invercargill, at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. Queenstown is 2 1/2 hoours drive from here. There is an airport there, possibly with flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Queenstown is a winter mecca for tourists - international snow related competitions. There is a lot of casual employees in the area - some work on the skifields, others in the town various eateries, hotels, supermarkets etc.

What month do you think that you might arrive there and I'll try and make further enquiries from friends there.

Peggy Peek

3. Posted by karlod (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Puggy

Thanks for the info. Im not sure when im going. Was going to head when i know there will be work. I have a lots of experience in bars, restuarants and shops so hoping this will help. Dont really care what i do as long as i can ski and have a few pints:)
When, in your opinion, would be a good time to head down. (probably queenstown) I plan on doing a bit in the north island. G/F is over for a while when im there (shes from auckland). she heading back to Ireland on 1st april. So if i can stay around to see her off (have to stay, my time to travel!) but after that, free to go wherever