2019 Winter Season Applications now Open

Kiwi and Kiwi

Resort Jobs in New Zealand
Key Info


One of the hardest things about University is knowing that each winter you have to miss out on working an epic ski season in Europe. Here at Smaller Earth we've found the perfect solution for LJMU students who are desperate to spend some signifcant time on the slopes. We'll set you up with work in one of New Zealand's top Ski Resorts this summer, during the Kiwi winter (June, July & August) and you'll claim the ultimate bragging rights. We have partnered with three incredible resorts on New Zealand's South Island and as a Resort employee, you'll receive a free full season ski pass across all three resorts. Nice. Known as the adrenaline capital of the world, New Zealand is the little country with a lot to boast about. If you have an appetite for all things adventure, hobbits, amazing people and scenery that takes your breath away, New Zealand should be on your University summer break bucket list.

Who is it for
Customer Service Experience
Hospitality Experience

Key Info

5 Nights Accommodation
Full Season Ski Pass
Airport Pick Up
Visa support
Tax/Bank Help

Additional information

Our Kiwi & Kiwi resort package enables you to meet New Zealand employers before you depart the UK. That's right, we'll be holding virtual hiring fairs with some of the most prestigious employers the South Island has to offer. We're working with NZSKI and the three main ski fields based on the South Island; The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt. 


What's the application process?

To get started, simply complete an online application (Click Register). 

Fully complete you application (including your Skills and Work Experience section)

Pay your £99 deposit and one of the team will take you through your next steps.

Types of jobs?

To get started, simply complete an online application. We want to know lots about you - including your previous work experience and what skills you can bring to a New Zealand employer. You'll need to have previous work experience in one or more of the following areas/job roles in order to be accepted on to the programme:

  • Ski Patrollers
  • Snow Makers
  • Chair Lift Operators
  • Snow Groomer Operators
  • Rental Technicians
  • Chefs
  • Line Cooks
  • Kitchen Hand/Dishwasher
  • Cashier
  • Barista
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Bar Server

We're not always looking for qualifications, but the more experience you have, the more desirable you are to hire as a future staff member. 

How long do I need to be available for?

You'll need to be available for at least 4 months so that you can work right the way through the NZ Winter which usually falls between the months of June and August. If you're hoping to head out in time for the NZ Summer season, you'll need to be available for at least 6 months from September onwards.

Which Ski Resorts could I work at?
Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is based just 25 minutes from Queenstown, the party capital of the South. Being one of the only slopes to offer night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights, you can easily see why this is a popular choice for those wanting to live the intense party lifestyle. It has amazing facilities and the most breathtaking views across Lake Wakatipu...be prepared to fall in love with this place. World class athletes flock to Coronet Peak to train in the Winter months, dubbing it the 'original' ski resort area. 

The Remarkables

The Remarkables mountain range really does live up to its name as it rises majestically over the southeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu. It's about a 45 minute drive from Queenstown so you'll never be far from the action as this is where you'll stay. The slopes here cater for all abilities with plenty of space for beginners and free style areas for the more advanced skier. Boasting some of the best alpine views in the world, The Remarkables is a place like no other.

Mount Hutt

Mount Hutt rises around 80km to the West of Christchurch about 2190 metres above sea level. It's the largest skiable area on the South Island, boasting an incredible 3.65 square km of white snowy goodness. For those of you who are keen to hit the slopes, Mt Hutt caters for all abilities with a 'magic carpet' for beginners through to challenging black runs for the more advanced level skiers. There's no accommodation on the mountain itself, so your new home will be based in Methven which is a town about 35 minutes away.


Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the working holiday visa you must:

  • Usually be permanently living in your country of residence - this means you can be temporarily visiting another country when you submit your application
  • Have a passport that's valid for at least three months after your planned departure from New Zealand
  • Be between 18 and 30 years old
  • Not bring children with you
  • Hold a return ticket, or have sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
  • Have a minimum of $350 NZD per month of your intended stay available to meet your living costs whilst you're there
  • Meet the health & character requirements
  • Be going to New Zealand to holiday, with work or study being secondary intentions for your visit
  • Not have been approved a visa permit under a New Zealand working holiday scheme before

A few things to know about your Working Holiday Visa

  • You can only take up temporary employment (unless you apply for and are granted an ordinary work permit whilst you're there)
  • You can only work for a period of 12 months or 23 months
  • You can enroll in one or more courses of training or study of up to six months duration in total during your visit
What if I don't get hired?

Hopefully, this won't happen because to be accepted on to the programme you'll need to meet the criteria we've set out. But, in the unfortunate event that this should happen you can either switch on to our Kiwi & Kiwi arrivals package or we'll refund your programme fees (minus the deposit which is non refundable).

Is accommodation included?

Accommodation is not included in the programme past your first 5 nights, however, you’ll be provided with an accommodation guide prior to your arrival. You’ll also have access to our Resort Jobs New Zealand Facebook page allowing you to connect with other participants who are heading out to New Zealand at the same time. Both Queenstown and Mount Hutt offer a variety of accommodations suitable for seasonal workers. We suggest booking at least an extra 7 nights of accommodation at your hostel to give you adequate time to find some more permanent accommodation.