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Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Jobs

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About the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Industry in New Zealand

The tourism and hospitality sector is currently New Zealand’s second largest export earner, providing nearly 17.1% of total export revenues and impacting a range of sectors besides hospitality.


Visitors to New Zealand spent $10 billion for the year ending December 2016, with numbers only expected to increase. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) expects this number to reach almost $15 billion by 2024. Overseas visitor numbers, which topped 3.7 million in the year ending January 2018 (up 5% on the previous year), have doubled every decade since 1970. MBIE predicts that numbers will rise to 5.1 million by 2024.

Demand for Professionals in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

New Zealand attracts visitors from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds, and it’s important to make everybody feel welcome.


Our top 10 tourism markets are:


  • Australia

  • China

  • USA

  • UK

  • Germany

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Canada

  • Singapore

  • India


Each of these groups have their own characteristics and expectations. To meet their demands, the industry has had to lift its game and work at truly international standards, in the process creating great opportunities for its employees.


Demand for workers is expected to stay high, driven particularly by growth in overseas tourist numbers. Tourism spending is forecast to grow to 15.3 billion in 2023 while visitor numbers will increase by 39%. That will equate to over 4.9 million visitors a year - each one of them needing tourism and hospitality workers to cater to their needs.

Locations with the Highest Demand for Hospitality, Tourism and Travel Professionals

The biggest concentrations of jobs in tourism and hospitality are, naturally, in the top tourist destinations:


  • Auckland

  • Queenstown

  • Canterbury/Christchurch

  • Rotorua/Bay of Plenty

  • Wellington.


However, tourism and hospitality jobs can be found almost everywhere.

Demand for tourism workers is highest in summer, which is when a third of international visitors choose to visit. About 20% of overseas visitors arrive in winter. Some tourism jobs are specific to different seasons, so job opportunities may be available for part of the year only. For example, kayaking guides are needed only in summer, while workers in snow sports, such as ski instructors, are needed in winter.

For Visa Applicants: Roles on the Skills Shortages List

If you are offered a job which appears on the list below, and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work visa will be easier. This is because the government has identified that employers need to recruit people from overseas to help meet demand for your skills.


  • Chef (Chef de Partie or higher)

  • Outdoor Adventure Guide (Skydive Tandem Master)

  • Snowsport Instructor

  • Snowsport Instructor (including Technicians)

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Head Chef



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A private yacht with a permanent berth in Auckland is on the search for a Head Chef to join their team.

The position would suit someone who has previous experience on superyachts.

The Ideal Candidate

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter

3-5 year's experience as a chef of superyachts

Superyacht Crew



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Super yacht crew required for a new 35m vessel entering NZ. The vessel will be based in Auckland Harbour.

Crew required

First Mate


Chief Engineer

Multi skilled handyman



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Extrastaff are currently seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual to join our team as a Multi skilled handyman. This is a full-time position based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

As a Multi skilled handyman, you will be responsible for a wide range of tasks including carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, welding, painting, and general maintenance. You will work closely with our team of professionals to ensure that all repairs and maintenance work is completed to the highest standard.

Key responsibilities

Performing repairs and maintenance tasks as directed

Identifying and resolving any issues or problems




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About the Job

We are working with a variety of organisations, who are looking for an experienced and passionate Chef to join their dedicated Kitchen team on a permanent basis.

You will be an excellent cook with proven ability to provide hearty home cooked meals of the highest quality (including special dietary requirements). S o being able to create delicious offerings comes easy to you and coordinating the kitchen is effortless. You will work closely with the Kitchen Manager, helping keep the team motivated and lead the team. You will also be required to assist with ordering supplies, completing staff rosters, and designing special menus for our residents.

This is for a permanent part-time or full-time position. Between 13 (weekends) to 40 hours per week. Flexibility to work a variety of shifts is essential.

Skills and Experience Required

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