Jobs in Wellington and Wairarapa

Aotearoa New Zealand's capital city. Wellington (Whanganui-a-tara) remains the Head Office location for most international organisations, despite Auckland often employing more of the workforce.

High priority employment sectors are ICT, engineering, business and finance, health and construction.

Wellington is a city of tourists, students and public servants, and is also the gateway to the Kapitit Coast and to the Southern Wairarapa district.

International students enjoy the mix of high quality education and a cosmopolitan culture that promotes cafe dining and a focus on high quality entertainment.

With 10.7 per cent of New Zealand’s population in the year ending June 2018, the region provided 11.5 per cent of national employment and contributed 13 per cent of national GDP.

[Source: Statistics New Zealand data, 2018].

Wellington seasonal work

Event workers at Toast Martinborough

(c) Liquorland Toast 

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Wellington residents enjoy high-quality cafes and cosmopolitan culture, so hospitality and entertainment are key industries for seasonal and casual work in urban areas. 

In the satellite regions of Kapiti and Wairarapa  vineyards, orchards and market gardens all provide casual and seasonal work opportunities. 

Wellington seasonal work calendar.
Seasonal work n Wellington and Wairarapa by month, job type and worker demand.
When What Jobs Find jobs
Nov - Mar Tourism Activity & Outdoor Guides 500+ Seek, TradeMe Jobs
Nov - Mar Hospitality Wellington     5000+ Seek, TradeMe Jobs
Nov - Mar Hospitality Wairarapa 250 Seek, TradeMe Jobs
Year Round Accommodation Staff Wellington 5000+ Seek, TradeMe Jobs
Year Round Accommodation Staff Wairarapa 200 RestaurantNZ, Seek, TradeMe Jobs, BackpackerBoard
Mar - Jul Olive picking and pressing 500+ Pick NZ, BackpackerBoard
Mar - Jul Olive harvesting 500+ Pick NZ
Jun - Aug (also year round) Vine Training/Pruning/Trimming     500+ Pick NZ
Jun - Aug (also year round) Vine Harvest Worker 750 Pick NZ, BackpackerBoard
Aug - Oct Dairy – Calf rearing 500+ NZ Farm source 
Aug - Apr Milk harvesting 500+ NZ Farm source , GoDairy
Year Round Meatworks – processing 250 Meat Your Career

Job vacancies in Wellington

Trade Me Jobs  - lists a large number of jobs in Wellington.

Seek - New Zealand's largest general job website.

Work and Income - jobs available in Wellington for Job Seekers. - lists recruitment companies in New Zealand. lists jobs available in government.


Most local newspapers publish jobs available in the area in the Situations Vacant column.

The Dominion Post

The Hutt News

The Kapi-Mana News

Kapiti News

Kapiti Observer

The Wairarapa Times-Age

Job search help

Job Search Connect (Business Central) - Supports newcomer job searchers into sustainable employment that matches their field of expertise or interest. 

Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) - a government department helping to find employment for residents or those with a valid work permit. 

Multicultural Learning and Support Services (MCLaSS) - offers employment and language services for refugees and migrants whose first language is not English.

Business networking organisations 

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency - the economic development agency for the Wellington region.

Chambers of Commerce support local businesses by offering advice, consultancy, training and networking opportunities:

Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce

Porirua Chamber of Commerce

Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce

Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce

Venus Network- a business network for women

Pacific Business Trust - Assists Pacific Island business owners take advantage of opportunities available. Helps with financial advice, networks, etc.


Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience, meet new people, learn about your community, and improve your English skills.

Volunteering Wellington matches volunteers looking for volunteering roles with organisations looking for specific skills, and offers free to low-cost training for volunteers.

Volunteering Wellington

Volunteer Kapiti

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