Jobs Abroad in Auckland, New Zealand

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A Guide to Jobs in Auckland

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55 Jobs Abroad Programs in Auckland, New Zealand

International TEFL Academy

Individuals from all over the globe have the chance to gain professional employment in New Zealand through International TEFL Academy. This opportunity allows participants to impart their knowledge to others and travel at the same time. In just a few months time, participants can become an International TEFL Academy graduate, encouring them to share their experiences about teaching English abro...

GeoVisions

Enjoy working with children while living with a Kiwi family in New Zealand. Offered through GeoVisions, the program is offered in six to 12 months increments. As an au pair, responsibilities include preparing meals and caring for the children. Applicants must be American or Canadian and have experience in childcare.

Smaller Earth

Work for up to one year in New Zealand with Smaller Earth. Smaller Earth provides a wide range of job opportunities for participants to choose from. They also offer ways in which participants will have the opportunity to engage in the Kiwi culture.

Au Pair Link

Experiment with cross-cultural employment through Au Pair Link in New Zealand. Au Pair placements are offered in more than 20 locations around the country, including Auckland, Rotorua, and Wellington. Individuals must commit to six to 12 months of employment, where they will live with a local family and help the family's children learn and grow.

Work New Zealand

Spend a year in the picturesque Kiwi nation with this job opportunity offered by BUNAC in New Zealand. Set in Auckland, employees are in for the experience of a lifetime as they explore the city and find their perfect professional position with the assistance of organizations in partnership with IEP. To be eligible, they must possess American citizenship, reside in the United States, and be bet...

New Zealand Internships - Quality & Service

Best Service, Best Quality guaranteed! Being the first on the market, we have vast experience in finding qualitative placements and close relationships to businesses in every industry, reaching from agriculture to engineering and marketing to tourism. We are proud to say that we have successfully positioned more than 1,500 students in organizations throughout New Zealand. You think that...

i-to-i TEFL Courses & TEFL Jobs Abroad

Experience professional life in New Zealand through TEFL Job Placement Services provided by i-to-i UK Ltd. Placements offered include teaching English as a Second Language, Linguistics, and Education. Positions are available in Auckland for worldwide participants who are fluent in English.

New Zealand Working Holidays

The First Abroad Working Holidays in New Zealand program is the ideal opportuntity for those who want to live work in New Zealand - the adventure capital of the world! If you're aged 18 to 30 you can earn money in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa where you can spend up to a year in chilling in Christchurch, or head down for ski and snowboard season to work on the slopes. Our program offer...

Work and Travel New Zealand

InterExchange offers several short-term entry level jobs in various locations throughout New Zealand. Participants will receive placements that match their interests and skills. They will also have plenty of time to explore the country and its many attractions.

ESL - Language studies abroad

Experience working and living in Auckland or Queenstown with ESL Language Studies Abroad job placements. Worldwide participants with at least an intermediate level of English and previous professional experience are welcome to apply. Once accepted participants can expect to develop their language skills through a four week intensive language course, after which they will receive assistance in f...

You can be living in New Zealand now!

Broaden horizons and gain professional development with a job placement coordinated by Business Immigration NZ. Participants can obtain direct experience with placements in fields such as Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture, and Health Science in locations across the country. Ideal participants are able to commit to working for a minimum of two years and have previous experience in th...

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How to Work Abroad in Auckland

A Guide to Jobs in Auckland

Boasting its title as the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is often a starting point for new visa holders in the country. There are more available jobs in Auckland than anywhere else in the country; so whether you’re looking for a career-specific position or just wanting to boost your resume and experience a new culture, the “City of Sails” provides plenty of job opportunities as well as a stunning landscape and a welcoming atmosphere for international workers.

Jobs in Auckland

Before arriving in Auckland, it’s important to have a general plan for what kind of work you seek. There are many available jobs in Auckland in industries which include hospitality, retail, child care, office work, and in the most recent boom, construction.

The first step is making sure you have some prior work experience in your desired field. Finding work in Auckland can be competitive due to the fact that you are competing with locals and many other people on work visas. The majority of jobs in Auckland are in hospitality, but there are many families looking for au pairs and temp agencies are also known for hiring work visa holders.

If you are looking for a career-related position, it is helpful to check the New Zealand immigration website, because it often has a list of skills that are currently in demand in the country. But keep in mind these types of positions in New Zealand are hard to obtain. Jobs in Auckland that correlate with the seasons, like agricultural work or employment at a ski resort, are a popular option for foreign workers. Regardless of the type of work you decide to pursue in Auckland, you’re bound to enjoy the laid-back vibe of the city and meeting the many friendly locals and expats that live there.

Life in Auckland

When you first arrive in Auckland you’re going to hear many different opinions from people you meet around the city. Some may tell you that you should get out as soon as possible and explore the rest of New Zealand, while others may say it’s the best place to be in the country. No matter what you hear, your own personal experience is going to define your opinion.

You may immediately fall in love with the city, or you might have to give it some time to discover all that it has to offer. Take into consideration whether you are someone who enjoys the hustle and bustle of city life, or maybe you would prefer to live in a quiet suburb with easy access into the city. Either way, determining what kind of setting you want to surround yourself with is vital to your overall happiness while living and working in Auckland.

If you want to be close to the beach but also have options for nightlife, consider Takapuna on the North Shore. You will meet plenty of locals and have access to some fantastic restaurants, great shopping, and beautiful coastline. If you are interested in a quieter lifestyle, Waiheke Island is a picturesque, easily accessible island right off the coast of Auckland city. There are many beaches and wineries to explore, but keep in mind that you will most likely have to commute to work in Auckland, if you choose to live here.

Auckland provides a variety of activities to partake in and sights to see, so it can be easy to forget that New Zealand has much more to offer outside the city limits. Not exploring the rest of the country would be a huge mistake! Be sure to arrange time to travel around your work schedule.

Salary & Affordability

Auckland is generally more expensive than other regions in New Zealand, but when you compare it to cities such as Sydney, London, or NYC, you will find the overall cost of living is much lower. It is important to research the amount of money you can realistically make while working in the positions you are looking to pursue, and then you must determine if that amount will allow you to live in the city center or in a surrounding suburb.

You can expect to make about $11 an hour in a hospitality or retail job in Auckland, but there are possibilities to make much more than that in an office or construction job. Au pairs are generally given free accommodation, food, and a stipend anywhere from $120 to $240 a week depending on your responsibilities and what the family is willing to give you. It is also important to take into consideration the exchange rate when converting your native currency to NZD. For example, the USD is equivalent to NZ $1.30, so when you convert your money you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you end up with.

Accommodation & Visas

The recommendation for comfortable living in New Zealand is to arrive with roughly $3,000 saved up, but if you are a bit of a risk-taker, it can be done with less. Although, many companies that offer work visas, or New Zealand immigration, will require you to show proof of this amount of money in your bank account. This is partly because finding housing, especially in Auckland, can be a difficult process. If you are happy to live in a hostel then there are many options available, with an average weekly price of about $120, but finding an apartment or housing will be significantly more expensive. Visa holders often find that sharing an apartment or house outside of the city center is the best option while working in Auckland.

There are a few different ways to go about obtaining a work visa to work in New Zealand. If you apply directly with immigration, you will have to meet a few requirements, including intention to work, age, funds, and an application fee. This option is good if you already have a job lined up and don’t need assistance finding housing. On the other hand, applying for a jobs through a company that helps arrange jobs abroad will often come with help obtaining the visa, job assistance, orientation, airport transfer, and the first few nights accommodation in a hostel, as well as advice before, during, and after your time in New Zealand. Sometimes these companies even provide assistance in booking your flight and obtaining insurance, for an added fee of course. Another perk of getting a job in Auckland through a placement company is that some of will make it possible to apply for a year extension on your visa at immigration the following year.

Benefits & Challenges

One of most appealing aspects of Auckland is that even though it’s the biggest city in New Zealand, it still comes with the friendly people, beautiful scenery, and the diverse community that New Zealand is known for. Oftentimes large cities or states tend to lose the elements that define a particular culture, and even though that may be true to some extent in Auckland, there is no denying that it’s a city unlike any other in the world. From the minute your plane sets down on the tarmac, you can’t help but become victim to the undeniable charm of the land of the long white cloud.

Alyssa DeAngelis

A native Jersey girl, Alyssa's case of wanderlust began when she traveled to Italy. Since then she has studied abroad in Seville, Spain, spent a year working in New Zealand, and visited ten more countries. With degrees in Education and Liberal Studies from Rowan University, Alyssa has worked with students in reaching their goals and pursuing their passions. She strives to help students experience what she knows to be one of the most exciting and transformative periods of their life.