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Work in New Zealand FAQ


What sort of work do you provide?

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At the moment most of our work is in the horticulture & viticulture sector.
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Do I need to know English language?

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Not really.  You don't need to be good at English language for most of the work we provide, however some basic English knowledge is recommended.

How much money can I earn?

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There are two ways you usually get paid - either by hourly rate or on contract. The minimal wage in New Zealand is $11.25 / hour before tax at the moment, so whenever you work on hourly rate, this is the minimum you will be getting. We do ty ro pay better rated than the minimal wage though.

If working on contract, your earnings will depend on your performance and therefore are harder to predict. Usually you should be far better off working on contract then on hourly rate.



What about Accomodation?

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We do have a backpacker style accomodation available for you in all areas we provide work in.  The typical rent is around $90 per week.

How long can I stay in New Zealand?

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You can stay in New Zealand legally up to one year on Working Holiday Scheme Visa.

Do I need to have visa to work in New Zealand?

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Yes.  You do have to have a valid Working Holiday Scheme visa to be able to work legally in New Zealand.  You can apply for Working Holiday Scheme online at NZ Immigration Website .

What else do I need to comply with current legislation?

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Apart from your valid Working Holiday Scheme visa you will need to apply for IRD Tax number.  Getting an IRD number is very easy and we will organize this for you after you arrive to New Zealand.

What is New Zealand weather like?

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New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country.

While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.

Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 - 30ºC and in winter between 10 - 15ºC.

You can check New Zealand weather conditions on the New Zealand Met Service Web site.


New Zealand Sunshine 

Most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas—Hawke's Bay, Nelson and Marlborough—receiving over 2,350 hours.

As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.00 pm.

New Zealand experiences relatively little air pollution compared to many other countries, which makes the UV rays in our sunlight very strong during the summer months. In order to avoid sunburn, visitors should wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats when they are in direct summer sunlight, especially in the heat of the day (11 am - 4 pm).

While summer is sunnier than the other seasons, most regions in New Zealand have a relatively high proportion of sunlight during the winter months.



What sort of clothes do I need for work?

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Seasonal work can be very rewarding, but requires energy. Bring a hat, (legionnaire is best) lots of water, sunscreen and plenty to eat and drink. It is recommended you wear light coloured clothing with long sleeves and lace-up shoes.