Help us around our lodge, set on a large farm in one of the most stunning parts of New Zealand, Mt Potts.


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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

  • Description



    We are located just beside Mt Sunday where the Lord of the Rings movie was shot.

    We are looking for a chef/cook for our country side lodge that offers a simple breakfast menu and evening menu as well as a fresh and creative specials board.

    The right candidate will work on his own and ensure we are giving our guests a dining experience true to New Zealand hospitality. We will give you the chance to show us your style and try out your ideas as well. General duties also include cleaning dishes/labeling/kitchen hygiene etc.

    The role is hands-on and takes responsibility for the Food Safety and Food Quality outcomes on the bench. You must have a proven understanding of culinary requirements. The successful candidate will be committed to continuous improvement in culinary quality.

    Position would be for Minimum 40/hours a week. Great place to save money before traveling again. Live on site.

    We are located right beside Mt. Sunday which is well known for being one of the places where scenes from the Lord of the Rings movie were filmed. The area is beautiful making it perfect for your next adventure!

    The area we are set in is stunning, however please consider our location before application. We are extremely remote and giving the opportunity to experience 'real' country side New Zealand.

    If this sounds like an opportunity for you, then we'd love to hear from you.

    Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

    We are based on a 3000 acre farm and although the position is for the lodge it can give you the chance to experience living on a working farm.

    We work as a family and team here at Mt Potts and want people who are happy, relaxed and hard working.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The opportunity to live on a working farm in rural NZ, one minute there is helping out to be done on the farm, and the next you are giving excellent customer service to both travelers and kiwis. Living in the high country, rugged and windy, surrounded by a once in a lifetime view, mountains everywhere around as far as the eye can see.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    We require help gardening; there is always tidying up to do as we are located at high altitude and the grass is unruly, Painting and some minor maintenance and odd jobs; as well as most importantly helping us keep the lodge and rooms looking fabulous and spotless. If so inclined workawayers will also have the opportunity to work on the bar, no experience necessary, and learn how to make a cocktail or two.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    We are offering a comfortable bunk room, with a double and single bed, or alternatively the staff cottage.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Past workers have taken advantage of the no cell service location by occupying their time hiking, fishing, mountain biking, swimming in the lakes, and growing their own fruit and vegetables.

    Please be aware that we are VERY rural, so if you do not have your own transportation then this will be a problem, as we are too busy to provide pick-ups.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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