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Destination guides > New Zealand & Pacific Islands > Travel essentials > Working in New Zealand > Finding work in New Zealand

Finding work in
New Zealand

The easiest way to find work 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. Addeco also run the PicknPlay programme that will organise fruit picking work for you before you arrive in New Zealand.

Level 8, Qantas House, 191 Queen Street, Auckland
Tel (09) 309 7572
Website www.adecco.co.nz

Clayton Ford

This specialist in accounting, banking and financial related jobs has branches in Auckland and Wellington.

Level 13, 120 Albert Street, Auckland
Tel (09) 379 9924
Website www.claytonford.co.nz

Clinical One

This recruitment agency specialises in jobs for health professionals and can help with work visas.

Level 13, 120 Albert Street, Auckland
Tel (09) 368 1054
Website www.clinicalone.co.nz

De Winter

This is an Auckland-based recruitment agency specialising in contract work in the IT field.

Level 8, Unite House, 300 Queen Street, Auckland
Tel (09) 366 1944
Website www.dewinter.co.nz

Health Recruitment International

Health Recruitment International specialises in finding work in medical related professions.

Level 9, BNZ Trust Towers, 50 Manners Street, Wellington
Tel (09) 496 9262
Website www.healthrecruitment.com

HHES Hospitality Recruitment

HHES specialises in jobs in the hospitality industry.

50 College Hill, Ponsonby, Auckland
Tel (09) 379 7532
Website www.hhes.co.nz


There are a few good general-purpose employment websites that are a good starting point. These are ideal for both reseaching the job market and lining up interviews before you leave home.

New Zealand’s largest employment website is Seek; but New Zealand’s main auction site, Trade Me also has job listings; and free listings site Gumtree has job listings in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. You can find seasonal work like fruit picking at Seasonal Work NZ.

To get a good idea about the availability of work, long-term accommodation and costs of living, check Gumtree and the classified ads in the main New Zealand newspapers. The Dominion-Post (Wellington), the New Zealand Herald (Auckland), the Press (Christchurch) are particularly good places to look for work.

Fruit picking is a popular backpackers job in New Zealand. 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.
You can find fruit picking work through Addeco PicknPlay and Seasonal Work NZ, although 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.

Even if you didn’t plan on picking fruit, it may be a good idea as three months fruit picking work qualifies you for a three-month extension on your visa.

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