Employment - Frequently Asked Questions

What positions are available?

The following positions are available for the operational season (mid-December to early April):

On track

  • Guides
  • Lodge Managers
  • Relief Lodge Managers
  • Lodge Cooks
  • Lodge Attendants/Cleaners 

What is the duration of my employment?

For most of our positions you will need to be available to work for the full season. We employ team members to start in mid December and the season comes to a close in early April.  

What are the rates of pay?

All rates of pay are competitive. Guides, lodge staff and coach drivers are paid on a daily rate.

Will I need a work visa?

If you are not a New Zealand or Australian resident, you will need a work permit. For information about visas and work permits, please go to www.immigration.govt.nz. If you do not have a work visa, you may still apply, as in some cases we may be able to apply to sponsor you, however this is not guaranteed and confirmation of any position is dependent on obtaining a work permit.

If you already hold a work visa for part of the season, we may require you to apply for a visa for the balance of the season before starting.

What will my job involve?

Please read the job descriptions and summaries carefully before applying and ensure that you are fully aware of what the position entails. For track staff, remember that you will be living and working in a remote environment where all sorts of different situations arise which may potentially disrupt your daily routine. You will be living and working in close proximity with a small number of people which can be taxing at times. Mature, friendly, hardworking, adaptable and reliable employees get the most out of their experience and those are the core values that we look for when interviewing. All employees, both on track and off track, must be prepared to adapt when required. Lodge positions will include a significant amount of cleaning duties. Lodge and office based staff must be prepared to work split shifts and guides must be prepared to work up to nine days consecutively.

Is training provided?

Yes, the training period is in mid December prior to the start of the season on 17th December.

Is accommodation provided?

Lodge staff and multiday guides are provided with accommodation and food whilst working on the track (there is a nominal cost factored into pay rates for tax purposes). Limited guide accommodation is also available in Queenstown for guides whilst off the track, for which a nominal rent is applicable. 

Is food provided?

Guides and lodge staff are provided with food whilst working on the track.