Backpacker Jobs South Island

Backpacker Jobs in South Island, NZ

Sensational South Island

Ski the South Island

There are a number of different ski resort options if you're heading to the South Island for the winter season.

Ski it up in Porters, or Coronet Peak is a great spot for beginner skiers as the slopes aren't too high.

For the more experienced, Treble Cone near Wanaka is good for the advanced skier or snowboarder.

With fresh snow comes the crowds, which is perfect if you're looking for an au pair role. Many parents love to leave the kids with something fun to do while they hit the slopes, and you're bound to find babysitters are in demand during the winter season in these areas.


Christchurch is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, and a trip to this South Island hot spot will not disappoint.

Take in the views on a Christchurch gondola ride, go punting on the Avon River, explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, or have a picnic in Mona Vale park.

If you'd like to settle in the city for a while, there are a number of different office administration jobs that often need filling. Take a few months to work and explore Christchurch and you won't be disappointed.


The region that surrounds Christchurch looks like something out of a film with its rolling grassy plains, crystal clear lakes and white-topped snowy mountains. Home to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, which houses the country's tallest mountain, as well as the spectacular Tasman Glacier, which is 27km long, there is a plethora of things for the adrenalin-junkie backpacker to do.

After the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, this part of the country is still re-building. This means labouring jobs aren't too hard to come by, so if you're looking for construction work on your backpacking holiday, this could be a good place to base yourself.

Stewart Island, Southland

Technically not on the South Island but 30km south of the South Island, Stewart Island is home to less than 400 people. A stunning place to visit, although it can get windy, Stewart Island is a fishing hotspot.

Fishing off the bays and coves of this island you will find blue cod, grouper and trumpeter fish. Being a popular fishing location, if you take a jaunt to this magical place you might be lucky enough to find a fishing job to keep you busy through the fishing season.

And there you have it – some of the best places to explore on New Zealand's north and south islands, and the jobs to do to help you fund your next adventure.

Hostel Work

bazils westport, South Island

Published: 19th October 2020

Hey, come work at our fun hostel. In exchange for approximately 2.5 hours of work each day, you will get Free... Read more


Dairy Farm Assistant(s)

Fortitude Farm Ltd Oamaru, Oamaru

Published: 19th October 2020

We are looking for an enthusiastic person (or persons) to help us on our family dairy farm near Oamaru, starting as... Read more


Assistant Manager

The Lazy Cow Backpackers Murchison, South Island

Published: 18th October 2020

Seeking an assistant manager, 5 days per week, private accommodation available in our small (18 bed) homely hostel in... Read more


Rhythm & Alps Volunteer

Rhythm & Alps Otago, Otago

Published: 16th October 2020

Keen to come join the Rhythm and Alps Volunteer crew for the 10th anniversary? We are keen to have you!Rhythm and... Read more

Orchard And Vineyard Roles Available

Seasonal Solutions Cooperative Limited Central Otago, Otago

Published: 15th October 2020

Do you have an interest in Horticulture or Viticulture?? Looking for a summer job??We are seeking workers who... Read more


Atemp Nelson, Nelson

Published: 14th October 2020

WANT SOME CASUAL WORK????- Atemp has casual work available- Short term and long-term assignments... Read more

Lots Of Positions Available

Duncannon Blenheim, Marlborough

Published: 14th October 2020

Want to live and work in sunny Blenheim, then we need you!We currently have confirmed Vineyard positions due to... Read more


Kiwis Nest Central Dunedin, Dunedin

Published: 13th October 2020

IMMEDIATE START!!!We are looking for a friendly, enthusiastic person to join our team at the Nest!As a... Read more

Factory Work

Eden Orchards Alexandra, Alexandra

Published: 13th October 2020

Factory work - Short term position Labelling Bottles2 Days work for 2 people9am til 5pm Thurs 15th - Friday... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

Lutens Dairy Ltd Oxford, Christchurch

Published: 12th October 2020

We are a flexible, innovative dairying operation over 230Ha milking 950 high performing cows.  What we seek is a... Read more

Vintage Cellar Hands - Marlborough

Constellation Brands New Zealand Blenheim, Marlborough

Published: 12th October 2020

About UsConstellation Brands New Zealand is the country’s #1 exporter of wine to the US, with power brands like... Read more

Factory Work

Atemp Havelock, South Island

Published: 5th October 2020

*Top of the South Island*EXTRA SHIFTS IN TODAYCOME SEE US ASAP>>>> AND START WORK immediatelyDay shift and... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

Tanner Dairies Limited Oamaru, Oamaru

Published: 1st October 2020

We require someone to assist in milking 600 cows twice a day through a 40-a-side herringbone. The succesful... Read more

Farm Assistant Start Today!!!!!!

Sinead Wilding Ashburton, Christchurch

Published: 30th September 2020

I am looking someone to help on our busy Farm. You must have a current visa to work in new zealand or be a new... Read more

Brick And Block Layer

Advanced Brick and Block Christcurch, Christchurch

Published: 29th September 2020

We are looking for any skilled brick and block layers that must have at least 3 yrs trade experience, own hand tools,... Read more

Laundry Assistant - South Island

Fresh & White Limited Otematata, Waitaki Valley, Otago, Mackenzie

Published: 29th September 2020

We require a couple of staff to equip our commercial laundry towards the end of October to replace staff who are... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

Garner Ashburton, South Island

Published: 25th September 2020

We are looking for a new member to join our team.Job description includes:Milking cows, break fencing, spraying... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

PH Grazing Limited Darfield, Christchurch

Published: 23rd September 2020

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our team of 4 as a Dairy Farm Assistant in Darfield, Canterbury.... Read more

Wait Staff

Miro Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 14th September 2020

Experienced wait staff required for award winning cafe/restaurant in Christchurch Central.We are looking for a... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

Vervet Holdings ltd Hinds, South Island

Published: 14th September 2020

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and trustworthy applicant to join our team until the end of the year on... Read more


The Old Mountaineers Cafe Mt Cook Village, Mackenzie

Published: 25th August 2020

Hi All, We are a small family owned business team living in beautiful Mt. Cook village. Currently we are seeking... Read more

Au Pair Needed 20 Min From Christchurch

Au Pair New Zealand Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 12th August 2020

Family with 2 kids (20 months old and 5 years old) are looking for an au pair to live with them and help with... Read more

Organic Farm Worker

Campbell Golden Bay, Nelson

Published: 31st July 2020

We have a small Organic Farm in Clifton, Golden Bay. We are looking for a farm worker or ideally a couple to help... Read more

Vegetarian/vegan? Eco-sanctuary Project In Beautiful Mackenzie Region!

The Menards Twizel, Mackenzie

Published: 22nd July 2020

We provide accommodation, breakfast supplies and healthy delicious dinner with the family in exchange for five hours... Read more

Amazing Property! Friendly Family!

The Menards Twizel, Mackenzie

Published: 22nd July 2020

We provide accommodation, breakfast supplies and healthy delicious dinner with the family in exchange for five hours... Read more

Seasonal Gardener (organic)

ORGANIC FARM NEW ZEALAND Southland, Queenstown

Published: 15th July 2020

Te Anau-based JobJob Description:Interested in hands-on gardening work and spending time in the New Zealand... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistants

Canterbury Grasslands Ltd Hororata, Christchurch

Published: 13th July 2020

Canterbury Grasslands Ltd is looking for a farm assistant to support nine dairy farms in Hororata, Canterbury. We're... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

MW Farms Ltd Awamoko, Oamaru

Published: 2nd July 2020

We are seeking 1 or 2 people to join our team for a fixed term position on our dairy farm located 20 minutes inland... Read more

Fruit Pickers

Lake Roxburgh Orchard Roxburgh, Otago

Published: 27th June 2020

Fruit pickers required from mid December 2020 to early February 2021. Only applicants with relevant work visaswill... Read more

Burger Grill /fryer Cook

Boulder Burgers Hanmer Springs, South Island

Published: 22nd June 2020

Experience the Winter in the stunning Alpine Village of Hanmer Home to BOULDER BURGERS 1950s inspired American Diner!... Read more

Burger Grill /fryer Cook

Boulder Burgers Hanmer Springs, South Island

Published: 22nd June 2020

Hanmer Springs Bustling Alpine Village 1.5hrs NW of ChristchurchHome of the Thermal Pools and Boulder Burgers 50s... Read more

Calf Rearer - Farm Assistant

Kirbin Farming Ltd Ashburton, Christchurch

Published: 16th June 2020

JULY 15th StartWe are looking for someone to join our team for a fixed term of four months from the first of july... Read more

Calf Rearers

SG and RJ Miers Ashburton, Christchurch

Published: 8th June 2020

We require two people to help us feed calves and milk cows on our dairy farm at beautiful Mt Somers. The start date... Read more

Au Pair Needed In Invercargill By August (long-term)

Au Pair New Zealand Invercargill, Invercargill

Published: 4th June 2020

Family with 3 kids (7 year old girl 5 year old boy and 2 year old boy) need an au pair to start by end June. The... Read more

Au Pair/nanny

Coleman Geraldine, South Island

Published: 3rd June 2020

Family of 4 looking for an au pair in Geraldine for an 8 year old girl and 5 year old boy.Late July start,... Read more

Au Pair

Wall family Huntsbury, Christchurch

Published: 1st June 2020

We are looking for our next au pair from the end of June in Huntsbury, Christchurch. Our kids are Archie (8) and... Read more

$1000-$1400 P.m. + Travel!

Enlighten Press Southern Island / Christchurch, South Island

Published: 27th May 2020

Are you searching for a job that enriches your resume, pays good, makes you help the world being a better place and... Read more

Home Help

Sheehan Oamaru, Oamaru

Published: 18th May 2020

Nanny, Cleaner, Genral HelperHello we are a busy family of 5 myself my partner our two children 2 & 4yrs and my... Read more

Barista And Cafe All Rounder

Haus Espresso Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 18th May 2020

Experienced Barista Needed!Short term position available, starting June 2020 ( approx.4- 6 weeks of work) May... Read more

General Labourer Needed


Published: 21st March 2020

GENERAL LABOURER NEEDEDJob Description:Interested in joining our team working on extensive building renovation... Read more

Educational Sales Representative Traveljob Southern Island

Enlighten Press Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 14th March 2020

Dream job for Backpackers! Travel & EarnCOUPLES ARE WELCOME TO APPLYIn this job, you will visit kindergartens and... Read more

Front Of House Superstar

Gramado's Restaurant Blenheim, Marlborough

Published: 10th March 2020

Seeking a front of house Superstar with a flare for dessertsDescriptionGramados Restaurant and Bar in sunny... Read more

Dairy Farm Milker

Ashleigh Scott Ashburton, Christchurch

Published: 9th March 2020

We are looking for 1 person to work alongside our other staff members to milk 1000 cows through a 70 bale rotary... Read more

Cafe Kitchen Hand

Brownscafe ltd Manapouri, South Island

Published: 5th March 2020

We are looking for a staff members for the summer seasonStarting from February to end of AprilWe do have... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

Hillcrest Culverden Farming Ltd CULVERDEN, North Canterbury, South Island

Published: 4th March 2020

We have a position on our dairy farm to help with milking and general farm chores. A team of 4. Good accommodation... Read more

Coca-cola Amatil (ltd) Nz - Merchandiser Wanted!

Coca-Cola Amatil (ltd) NZ Queenstown, Queenstown

Published: 4th March 2020

Part-Time workFlexible working arrangementOpportunity to grow and develop your sales skills into a career in... Read more

Au Pair / Friend

Badcock North Canterbury, Christchurch

Published: 19th February 2020

Hi,My hubby is heading away on a hunting trip early March and I would love to have someone here for Rosie (10... Read more

Help With Finishing Work On New Cabin

Garden Millers Flat, South Island

Published: 17th February 2020

Hi we are looking for help with finishing off a small house. It would be great if you could start this Sunday or... Read more

Home Help/ Child Care

Nokomai Station Athol, Queenstown

Published: 10th February 2020

We've got a position available for enthusiastic applicants - primarily home help / domestic chores as well as some... Read more

Free Accomodation / Free Travel / Hourly Pay - Charity Fundraiser

Fundamental Worldwide Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 9th February 2020

Traveling Face to Face Street Charity Fundraisers - $20 p/h + Bonuses - Roaming throughout NZ. Backpackers wanted!... Read more

Work And Play In The Marlborough Sounds

Deep Bay Awapara Island, Marlborough

Published: 9th February 2020

Hi AllThis a chance to come visit one of New Zealand's most beautiful surrounds and enjoy kayaking, swimming,... Read more

Milk Harvester

Ashleigh Scott Ashburton, Christchurch

Published: 4th February 2020

We are looking for 1 person to work alongside our other staff members to milk 1000 cows through a 70 bale rotary... Read more

Au Pair/housekeeping

Black and Dobbin Wallacetown, Invercargill

Published: 2nd February 2020

Hello, we are a family of 4 living on a 10acre farmlet just 15 mins drive from Invercargill. We are a busy family, my... Read more

Seed Cleaning Machine Operated

Cairnbrae seedcleaning ltd Methven, Christchurch

Published: 29th January 2020

Hi we are looking for two fit and strong young person to help operate one of our seedcleaning machines for 1 to 2... Read more

Nanny/ Au Pair

Frew Riverton, Invercargill

Published: 27th January 2020

Hey!We are a new young family, with our first boy who is 4 months. We live in the south of the south in Riverton,... Read more


Harbar Beach Bar & Kitchen Akaroa, Christchurch

Published: 19th January 2020

Harbar Beachbar - The only water-side Bar & Kitchen in picturesque Akaroa is looking for a Chef/Cook to come and join... Read more

Nanny/child Care

Collins Wanaka, Wanaka

Published: 18th January 2020

HiWe are a family of four. With two children 6&7 years old. Looking for some help for two weeks 17th feb - 28th... Read more

Forklift Operator - Seasonal

Heartland Group Richmond, Nelson

Published: 16th January 2020

Heartland Group is a successful post-harvest business based in the Nelson/Tasman area, which packs and cool stores... Read more

Chef De Partie / Pasta Chef

Esplanade st clair, Dunedin

Published: 15th January 2020

The Esplanade... A piece of Italy perched on the New Zealand beachfront in St Clair, Dunedin. Our beautiful... Read more

Pizza Chef Pizzaiolo, Wood Fired Oven

Esplanade St Clair, Dunedin

Published: 15th January 2020

The Esplanade... A piece of Italy perched on the New Zealand beachfront in St Clair, Dunedin. The busy, vibrant... Read more


Alice May Franz Josef, South Island

Published: 14th January 2020

Alice May is looking for a full-time chef for immediate start.Main Duties-Running your own section to ensure... Read more

Farm Hand

Greener pasture farms Timaru, South Island

Published: 14th January 2020

Looking for someone to work part time and some full time hours. You need to have common sense, a give it ago... Read more

Front Of House

Alice May Franz Josef, South Island

Published: 14th January 2020

Alice May Restaurant is all about positive teamwork, good hospitality, and ensuring that both our staff and guests... Read more

Cook/pub Restaurant

Mikey's Bar Picton Picton, Marlborough

Published: 13th January 2020

We have a casual position available in our friendly Pub Restaurant for a Chef. Cooking experience required. Nights... Read more

Work Got Board And Food West Coast

Oates Hokitika, South Island

Published: 5th January 2020

Hi folks, after some help with a range of projects Reno work, gardening, bee keeping, sawmilling. We have two... Read more

Rural Property Maintenance & Tree Planting

Baker Albert Town, Wanaka

Published: 27th December 2019

Individual or couple required for tree planting and property maintenance on 20 Ha (50 acre) lifestyle block in Dublin... Read more

Carpenter Wanted For Casual Or Weekend Work - $35/hr

King St Albans, Christchurch

Published: 26th December 2019

Hi, i have quite a few days work available for an experienced Carpenter. The work includes rebuilding a fence,... Read more

Adventurous Carer Required

Makingtrax Waipara, Christchurch

Published: 22nd December 2019

Hi I'm Jezza a tetraplegic who is looking for someone adventurous, practical and easygoing to assist me live my... Read more

Woofer Southland Souith Island

rkgdairies Invercargill, Invercargill

Published: 20th December 2019

HiWe urgently need woofers to help with some gardening and cleaning of outdoor area Also if wanted there is the... Read more

Kitchen Helper

Bigfoot Bar & restaurant Fox Glacier, South Island

Published: 19th December 2019

We are looking for someone with skills to handle dinner service, prep, cleaning, and plating. Training can be... Read more

Hospitality Allrouander

Bigfoot Bar & restaurant Fox Glacier, South Island

Published: 19th December 2019

We are looking for someone with great attitude and eye for detail to work in split shift for Housekeeping in the... Read more

Front Of House & Kitchen Assistants

The Craypot Kaikoura, Marlborough

Published: 13th December 2019

Hiring for the 2019-2020 summer season! Whether you're available to work one day, one week, one month or more we are... Read more

Cafe Front Of House And Barista

Rivers cafe, murchison Murchison, Nelson

Published: 11th December 2019

Staff wanted for 3 months or there abouts. Front of house and barista needed.4 positions available. Accomadation... Read more

Rhythm & Alps Music Festival Volunteer

Rhythm & Alps Cardrona Valley, Wanaka

Published: 10th December 2019

Keen to come join the Rhythm and Alps Volunteer crew for the 10th anniversary? We are keen to have you!Rhythm and... Read more

Hospitality/kitchen Hand/barista

River-T Estate Wines Kurow, Oamaru

Published: 9th December 2019

Looking for a dynamic couples or motivated singles to join our team.We require energetic ; fit enthusiastic... Read more

Farm Assistant/milk Harvester

Countrywise Ltd Temuka, Christchurch

Published: 6th December 2019

We are looking for a dairy farm assistant to fill in a gap from now until mid/end Jan. Milking 590 cows, 34 aside... Read more


Harmer Staveley, Mid Canterbury, South Island

Published: 2nd December 2019

Help is required in the garden and house. There may be a little farm work also.4 hours a day in return for all... Read more

Home Help/childcare

Moore Family Omarama, Otematata

Published: 2nd December 2019

Hi,we are a small family living in the beautiful Mackenzie basin in the South Island of New Zealand, we live on a... Read more


Team Clean Ltd Queenstown, Queenstown

Published: 25th November 2019

Cleaners required Queenstown, cleaning highend Air BNB homes, attention to detail, fit reliable people required long... Read more

Help Out In The Garden

Mcleods Queenstown, Queenstown

Published: 25th November 2019

We are a New Zealand family looking for help around the garden for 7-10 days (4 hours work per day) - start... Read more

Wait Staff - Fixed Term & Permanent

The Hermitage, Aoraki Mount Cook Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Mackenzie

Published: 23rd November 2019

Live in the amazing shadow of Aoraki Mt Cook.We have a number of wait staff positions available at The Hermitage... Read more

Farm Assistant In Oamaru

H J & L T Liebenberg Oamaru, Oamaru

Published: 22nd November 2019

We are on the look out for an experienced, reliable, trust worthy, confident and hard working person to join our team... Read more

Housekeeper Cleaner

Kaiteriteri camp Kaiteriteri-Motueka, Nelson

Published: 20th November 2019

Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp - cleaners required Dec -March to clean 4 ablution blocks, 17 cabins, 8 superior... Read more

Farm Hand

Ellerdene Seddon, Marlborough

Published: 19th November 2019

We have a farm job going in Marlborough half an hour from Blenheim. Free board and food.Plenty of time off to... Read more

Chef De Partie - Barista - Bar Staff

Mohua Eatery &Bar Pohara, Takaka in Golden Bay, Nelson

Published: 15th November 2019


Chef De Partie - Barista - Bar Staff

Mohua Eatery &Bar Pohara -Takaka -Tasman, South Island

Published: 15th November 2019

☀️?MOHUA EATERY & BAR - STAFF REQUIRED☀️?Is looking for Seasonal/part-time/permanent positionsChef... Read more

Housekeeper/all Rounder. Free Accomodation.

Haast Beach Motel Haast, West Coast, South Island

Published: 13th November 2019

We need an All-Rounder & general super star!!!Motel Cleaning / Reception / Grocery Store AttendantJob... Read more

**dairy Farm Assistant**

Troy and natalie farming partnership Mokoreta, South Island

Published: 8th November 2019

Farm work in a great team for two months Read more

Kitchen/service Staff

Harden Te Anau, South Island

Published: 4th November 2019

We require staff for our take away restaurant located in beautiful Te Anau.Role includes kitchen hand and service... Read more

Calf Rearer

Coonoorfarm Timaru, South Island

Published: 30th October 2019

JOB START MID JULY 2020We are looking for a person to feed our calves, you will have to be strong and physically... Read more

**dairy Farm Assistant**

Limited Mawheraiti, West Coast, South Island

Published: 26th October 2019

Do you want to get paid to enjoy the sunshine?Do you want to get paid to ride around on a quad bike, spraying... Read more

Pizza Chef Superstar

Brew Moon Brewing Company Amberley, Christchurch

Published: 24th October 2019

We require a full-time pizza chef for our brewery/taproom in Amberley. The work is full-time and availability over... Read more

Experienced Short Order Chef/ Baker

The Courthouse Cafe Collingwood, Nelson

Published: 21st October 2019

Part time seasonal experienced chef / baker required in our busy little cafe situated in Collingwood, Golden Bay.2... Read more

Reception Intern / Night Warden Work Exchange

Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 16th October 2019

Reception Intern / Night WardenWe are looking for a smiley, fun people to join our awesome, friendly family-like... Read more

Cleaning In Exchange For Accommodation

Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 16th October 2019

We are looking for smiley, fun people to join our awesome friendly, family-like team to start as soon as possible to... Read more


Whyte central otago, Otago

Published: 16th October 2019

I am looking for a live in aupair to help with looking after my 12 year old son. Before and after school, some light... Read more

Kitchen Staff

Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon Fox Glacier, Wanaka

Published: 15th October 2019

These position's are in Fox Glacier on the West Coast of the South Island. We are looking for seasonal staff to join... Read more

Free Accommodation- 2 Roles In Cafe/bar

Commercial Cafe Murchison Murchison, Nelson

Published: 15th October 2019

We are looking for a couple / 2 friends to work the summer season in our busy Cafe & Bar.Working the afternoon... Read more

Massage/ Physical Therapist

Natural Health Hanmer Springs, Christchurch

Published: 15th October 2019

PART-TIME POSITION with immediate start (hourly rate depending on experience)The Team from Natural Health is... Read more

Assistant -catering

NCTIR Village Kaikoura, Marlborough

Published: 15th October 2019

Assisant caterers wanted for NCTIR Village, a 300 person accomodation unit in Kaikoura.Fulltime and part time... Read more