The aim of WWOOFing is so people travelling around New Zealand can work a few hours a day in exchange for free accommodation and meals. WWOOFing usually involves working on farms and gaining a cultural experience at the same time, however, it has expanded to more cultural exchanges usually involving helping with Kiwi family chores. For more information, check out Everything You Need to Know About WWOOFing in New Zealand.
2. Au Pair
Gain experience in childcare, while living with a “host family”. It provides a cultural experience for both the au pair and host! Get more information at Being an Au Pair in New Zealand.
3. Work in a hostel
By working at a hostel reception or housekeeping, most hostels will give you a bed for free. Simply ask at around hostels face-to-face to see if there are any work for accommodation opportunities. Plus, check regularly on the BackpackerGuide.NZ Job Listings for work for accommodation vacancies. Plus, find out what it’s like to live long-term in a hostel here.
4. Volunteer for DoC
The Department of Conservation (DoC) holds volunteer projects all over the country to preserve and restore New Zealand wildlife and historic buildings. Check project descriptions to find out if accommodation is included. See our article: How to Volunteer for the Department of Conservation.
5. Be part of a sailing crew
Ever wanted to sail the seas or build on sailing experience? Websites, such as Find A Crew, allow you to find captains looking for a worthy crew to live aboard their vessel! (Could we sound any more pirate?) These trips, often lasting a week or so, either have a free bed aboard for you or you pay a small fee for food and a bed.
6. Waged jobs that also provide accommodation
Even if you have full-time work with a wage, some jobs can offer free accommodation as well, such as working in hostels, motels, hotels, farm work such as fruit picking, lodge operators, etc. For ways to find a job quickly in New Zealand take a look at these tips.