Our region offers diverse natural beauty, unique experiences and speciality food and beverages that make it a popular tourist destination. Destinations such as the Abel Tasman National Park, Punakaiki Rocks, the glaciers and the Marlborough wine cellars are well-known. This industry supports over 13,000 people in jobs in food and beverage, accommodation etc.

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Hospitality related jobs are available everywhere in our region – from the smallest townships to the major regional centres. Jobs can be picked up in cafes and restaurants; pubs and bars, hotels and motels, cruise ships, hospitals, aged care homes, airports, catering businesses, and quick service restaurants.

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Front of House

Summer is traditionally the busiest time of the year with visitors coming to holiday and dine in our region. You will be helping guests to their tables, welcoming them, taking their orders, serving their food and drinks and managing customer queries. Front of house roles include hosts, wait staff, bar staff, barista etc. You should be outgoing, personable, and able to manage tricky customer questions, and work through a busy service.

Back of House

Top of the South is traditionally a holiday destination with visitors coming to explore and dine in our region at various time of the year. You will have a passion for food, cooking and working as part of the kitchen team during a busy service, you may be helping prepare meals and presenting dishes, to clearing and cleaning the pots, pans, and dishes.

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Come and see what our industry has to offer and plan an employment and training path.

For Employers

If your work is coming to an end and you are interested in seasonal workforce redeployment please contact:

Top of the South Early Response Team: totsearlyresponse@msd.govt.nz