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.

Dairy Farm Assistant

MW Farms Ltd Awamoko, Oamaru

Published: 25th May 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


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

Farm Assistant Extraordinaire

Kirbin Farming Ltd Ashburton, Christchurch

Published: 29th March 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


Big Roostser Gifts & Antiques Omarama, South Island

Published: 21st March 2020

Barista Needed Beginning Immediately. Couples preferred.We are seeking a reliable, trustworthy person or couple... 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

Hoki Season 2020

HainesAttract Nelson, Nelson

Published: 4th March 2020

Sealord is a New Zealand based global seafood enterprise with a world-wide fishing, processing and marketing network... Read more

Labourers - Chch

Southward Shelving and Racking Solutions Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 1st March 2020

We are looking for labourers (+/- 10 people) for a project starting 15 June in Christchurch.  The project will be... 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

Dairy Farm Hand

Mehrtens Southland, Tuatapere

Published: 16th January 2020

To assist owner operators on a 450 cow dairy farm located in Pahia Southland.Jobs would include milking, fencing,... 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

Laundry Assistant - South Island

Fresh & White Limited Otematata, Mackenzie

Published: 15th January 2020

We require several staff to equip our commercial laundry over the busy summer season. Immediate starts are available.... 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

Nz's Best Backpacker Hangout!

The Menards Twizel, Mackenzie

Published: 12th January 2020

Backpackers LOVE our place! Enjoy our amazing garage backpacker hangout with retro video games, amazing DJ sound... 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

Waitstaff Wanted

The Wharf Akaroa Akaroa, Christchurch

Published: 4th January 2020

The Seafood restaurant in Akaroa is looking for Front of House staff for summer season. Good time to get sun and fun,... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

Campbell Oamaru, Oamaru

Published: 30th December 2019

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to work on our 850 cow dairy farm until the end of May. Must be available... 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 to the South Island's premier Music Festival and join the Rhythm and Alps Volunteer crew? We are keen to... Read more

Kitchen Hand

Rona’s Akaroa, South Island

Published: 9th December 2019

Kitchen hand/Prep chef wanted in a cool little cafe in an awesome part of New Zealand, Banks Peninsula. Hours are... 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

Country Chores And Childcare, Twizel - Close To Mt. Cook/tekapo!

The Menards Twizel, Mackenzie

Published: 3rd December 2019

We love to welcome travellers from all over to come and help us with country chores and childcare on our amazing... 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

Kitchen Hand

The Wharf Akaroa akaroa, Christchurch

Published: 27th November 2019

The Wharf, premium seafood restaurant in Akaroa.Looking for motivated person to work as Kitchen Hand.You will... 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


Sagun indian & Nepalese Restaurant Wanaka, Wanaka

Published: 20th November 2019

You will be required to greet and serve customers, taking t/a orders over the phone and at tables.Serving of food... 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

Work For Accommodation And Food

Punakaiki Beach Hostel Punakaiki, South Island

Published: 13th November 2019

We are always looking for reliable, hard-working folk to join our fun and friendly team at our Backpackers Hostel in... Read more


Haast Beach Motel Haast, West Coast, South Island

Published: 13th November 2019

Motel Cleaning / ReceptionistJob description:Immediate start - 2 x positions available daily motel cleaning... 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

Reception/ Cleaner

Kiwis Nest Central Dunedin, Dunedin

Published: 5th November 2019

Kiwis Nest Backpackers is looking for a friendly, enthusiastic person to join our team at the Nest end of March 2020!... 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

Assistant Cleaner

NCTIR Village Kaikoura, Marlborough

Published: 15th October 2019

Assistant cleaners wanted for NCTIR Village, 300 person accomdation unit in Kaikoura.Fulltime and part time... Read more

Assistant Cleaner

NCTIR Village Kaikoura, Marlborough

Published: 15th October 2019

Assistant cleaners wanted for 300 person accomodation in Kaikoura.7 days a week operationFulltime and part time... Read more

Wait Staff

Drexels Christchurch, Christchurch

Published: 14th October 2019

Part-Time Wait StaffWeekend WorkLOVE HOSPITALITY BUT SICK OF WORKING NIGHTS?Drexels Breakfast Restaurant is... Read more

Supermarket Retail Assistant

C &M Bruce investments limited TeAnau, South Island

Published: 13th October 2019

• Do you have excellent customer service skills?• Are you highly motivated?• Can you work autonomously and... Read more

Pizza Chef

The Cow Shed Restaurant Murchison, Nelson

Published: 10th October 2019

cook, kitchen hand, front of house!We need help!5/6 days per week, 30 to 40 hours. Accommodation available... Read more

Cleaner Position Paid And Accommodation

Punakaiki Beach Hostel Punakaiki, South Island

Published: 10th October 2019

We are always looking for reliable, hard-working folk to join our fun and friendly team at our Backpackers Hostel in... Read more


Shinaburo Wanaka, Wanaka

Published: 7th October 2019

We are looking for front/kitchen hand staff for evening shift 5-6days/weekWe provide staff meal after work.Please... Read more

Experienced Chef/ Cook

Seumus' Irish Bar Picton, Marlborough

Published: 6th October 2019

Seumus’ Irish Bar are currently looking for an experienced chef/cook to join our team. This is a fixed term... Read more

Cafe/restaurant/bar Staff

Cook Saddle Cafe & Saloon South Westland, South Island

Published: 5th October 2019

Seasonal staff required for immediate and later start dates leading into our busy summer season. Experienced in the... Read more

Resort Assistant

Kaikoura Boutique Hotel & Koura Bay Golf Resort Kaikoura, Marlborough

Published: 3rd October 2019

If you want an interesting and varied role with 6-hour shifts (10am - 4pm) - and you have hotel / cafe / reception /... Read more

5-star Hotel Cleaner / Housekeeper

Kaikoura Boutique Hotel & Koura Bay Golf Resort Kaikoura, Marlborough

Published: 3rd October 2019

If you are looking for a few hours well paid work per day, and would like that to be in gorgeous surroundings, we'd... Read more

Housekeeping/customers Service/maintenance

Jackson's Retreat Alpine Holiday Park Jackson's, Christchurch

Published: 3rd October 2019

LIVE ON SITE FOR FREE & EARN THE NEXT PART OF YOUR NZ ADVENTUREIf you have a positive and happy attitude and would... Read more

Ai Assist

Biggs Ashburton, Christchurch

Published: 2nd October 2019

AI Assistant to work /assist Artificial Technician in Dairy sheds with Dairy herdsApproximately will work 6-8... Read more

Supermarket Assistants

New World Three Parks Wanaka, Wanaka

Published: 2nd October 2019

New World Three Parks in Wanaka is building a team for its grand opening this summer!New World Three Parks - will... Read more

Dairy Farm Assistant

Beeston Dairy farm assistant, Christchurch

Published: 27th September 2019

Excellent career opportunity for someone who has a genuine interest and care in our cows and a passion for the dairy... Read more

Two Boys Require There Next Nanny

Robson Oamaru, Oamaru

Published: 25th September 2019

We are a rural family of fiour seeking a fun, active, sociable, motivated and capable person to help with our two... Read more

Child And Housecare Help

The Menards Twizel, Mackenzie

Published: 16th September 2019

We're looking for fun and friendly people to help take care of our awesome 3 kids aged 5, 7 and 9. Some household... Read more

Cafe Staff

23 Grove Road Coffee House Blenheim, Marlborough

Published: 14th September 2019

We are looking to hire friendly front of house team members and efficient baristas for our vibrant busy cafe. The... Read more


Kingsbury Staveley, Christchurch

Published: 12th September 2019

Room and board offered in return for getting 3 kids sorted and onto a bus every weekday morning and off the bus... Read more

Meat Works Processors - Nelson Location

Advanced Personnel Nelson, Nelson

Published: 11th September 2019

Slaughterhouse and Processing Workers WantedRight now we are looking for motivated, energetic people with good... Read more


Enterprise Recruitment Alexandra, Alexandra

Published: 10th September 2019

We are in need of two laborers to start work Tuesday to Friday next week 17th to 20thHour: 8:30am to 4:30pm in... Read more

Skilled Barista

Moeraki Boulders Cafe & Bar East Otago, Otago

Published: 6th September 2019

We are a busy cafe located above the famous Moeraki Boulders in state highway 1, 50 minutes north of Dunedin and 30... Read more

Marquee Installer/hire Asistant

Marquee and Event Hire Timaru, South Island

Published: 6th September 2019

We require a suitable person to assist in the installation of marquees at various events throughout South Canterbury... Read more

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

The Menards Twizel, Mackenzie

Published: 1st September 2019

We need people to help us with the creation of an eco-sanctuary on a unique property in the mountains near Twizel!... Read more