Kiwi Winter Job Roles



We specialise in sorting you the best New Zealand resort jobs out there.

There’s a good mix of working holiday job roles available within each resort.

The standard hourly rate for our gap year positions is NZ$15.75 per hour, although for skilled positions, i.e. Ski Patrollers and Chefs, you’ll be paid more.



Requirements for our winter jobs in New Zealand


  • Interest in working in hospitality sector

  • Flexibility with location in New Zealand and open to a variety of roles

  • At least 6 months work availability

  • Willing to travel to NZ between May 1st - Mid June

  • A minimum of 6 months work experience in a customer facing role


Job Roles





Chair Lift Operator


Ski resorts couldn’t run successfully without chair lift operators.

It’s the chair lift operator’s job to ensure the mountain lifts are running safely and efficiently. Whatever the weather, whatever the skill level, operators are there to load and unload the ski lifts. You need to be keen on working outdoors for this role.


Rental Assistant


Rental assistants are ready to get customers suited and booted for their time on the slopes. Recommending skis, boards, clothes and boots to suit each customer’s needs, as well as managing the cash register and stock levels, any general maintenance of the gear such as waxing, and handling the rental returns. This type of role is great for anyone with retail experience or looking to gain retail experience.


Customer Service & Ticket Sales


Whether it’s the best gear, the best classes or info about what’s happening on and off the mountain, you're clued up and ready to share it. The aim is to make life simple for your guests, get their tickets out for the day quickly and ensure they get maximum exposure to the slopes. It’s one big team, so teamwork and a fun and friendly attitude is definitely required.




Collecting payment for good and services, handling cash and card transactions, balancing the books and stock each day and offering excellent customer service are all part of your day job. Cashiers could be working in a range of departments including ticket sales, food and beverages and the gift shop.


Food & Beverage Attendant


If you love working with people then this one's for you.

Not only could you be serving food, working on the bar, taking payments and keeping the restaurants and cafes clean and tidy, you’ll be representing the ski resort, providing excellent customer service and showcasing your great communication skills. If you’ve got experience in hospitality, or love working in an environment with lots of guest interaction then you’ll excel in this role.




If you can make a great cup of joe with a smile on your face then we want you!

You’ll need prior experience working in a busy coffee shop, be able to work well under pressure and have a taste for high quality products.


Ski Instructor (Qualified)


This is your chance to give your guests the most legendary winter possible.

Candidates will be ready to take on new challenges and to go the extra mile when it comes to assisting guests. You need to be passionate about snow sports, excited to share your experiences and ready to share your skills.

Ski instructor applications need to be submitted by late February. 


Line Cook (Some food prep skills)


As a line cook you’ll be responsible for food preparation every day, ensuring that you produce the best products whilst sticking to all of the healthy and safety guidelines. 

The environment is supportive and friendly and you’ll get the chance to improve your culinary skills, work with professional Head and Senior chefs from all over the world.


Chef (Qualified)


Food outlets are some of the busiest places on the mountain, so you need to be ready to take on the challenge of feeding thousands of guests at altitude! Junior Chefs will need to hold a London City and Guilds qualification, or a National Certificate in Cookery level 3-4, and two years experience in a fast paced environment. Senior Chefs will need a Level 4 and a minimum of five years experience, plus experience working with food control.


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