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Develop your career in a booming global industry

Studying food and hospitality in New Zealand prepares you for the diverse job opportunities available in one of the world’s largest industries.

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Why study food and hospitality in New Zealand?

Turn your dream of working in hostels, resorts, restaurants or cafes into reality. Gain real workplace skills, hands-on experience in industry and the knowledge you need to succeed in the food and hospitality sector.

Learn from tutors with strong industry experience and networks, and experience authentic training environments such as bars, cafes and student-run cafes. There are many opportunities to gain further qualifications and skills.

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Ranked one of the most peaceful and least corrupt nations on Earth, New Zealand has a relaxed lifestyle that encourages you to balance studying with exploring the country's thriving food and hospitality scene.

New Zealand's food culture makes the most of our exceptional fresh ingredients and willingness to embrace flavours from all over the world. Our tourism and hospitality industries make the most of our beautiful unspoilt wilderness areas, bustling modern cities and friendly people.

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Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and help support you while you're studying abroad.

Student visa holders may be able to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during scheduled holidays, depending on their programme of study. Masters by research or PhD students may work full-time throughout their studies.

You can study up to three consecutive programmes over five years on a single Pathway Student Visa.

Find out more about working while studying on Immigration New Zealand’s Study + Work website.

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Studying food and hospitality in New Zealand gives you the internationally-recognised qualifications and highly mobile skills you'll need to succeed in the world's largest industry.

Work placements will give you valuable industry connections, and you'll build capability skills such as English language proficiency, punctuality, self-confidence, presentation skills, communication and teamwork.

Be part of a growth industry - the tourism and hospitality sector is New Zealand's second-largest export earner, and some hospitality and food jobs are on our skills shortage list.

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Case study

A dream career travelling the world

Yoanna Leung’s dream is to travel around the world experiencing different lifestyles.

To make her dream come true, after spending two years at secondary school in New Zealand Yoanna started studying for a Hospitality Management Diploma at Queenstown Resort College.

“Queenstown is a good place to learn because there are lots of hotels here. It’s also in the world-famous Central Otago wine region, so I’ve been able to learn a lot about wine,” says Yoanna.  

“We can email the teachers at any time with our questions, and we have student support teachers who are always happy to check the English grammar in our reports.”

Yoanna spent nine months of her course on an internship in Auckland, working as a front desk receptionist at New Zealand’s largest hotel.

“I enjoyed my internship and felt I was valued for my ability to speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English,” Yoanna says.

“The people at the hotel really cared about the international students on internships. If we were willing to learn, they were willing to teach us.”

Yoanna plans to go skydiving before leaving Queenstown to embark on the next stage of her adventure.

“I feel that in the future I will be able to travel around the world, holding my hospitality certificate in my hand.”

Yoanna Leung, 
Hong Kong

Hospitality Management Diploma, Queenstown Resort College


Case study

Hospitality course teaches real-world skills

Aditya Gupta always wanted to go abroad to study. When he decided to make a career in the hospitality industry, New Zealand was the obvious choice.

“The more I discovered about New Zealand, the more I realised that this is where I really wanted to go: there’s a bit of wilderness, not too much noise, and it’s laid-back.”

Aditya decided to study hospitality at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS). The AIS Student Careers Centre helped him with his CV, and just two weeks after starting his course he got a job with casino and event centre SkyCity.

After completing his Diploma in Hospitality Operations Management, Aditya joined SkyCity full-time.

He now works as a food and beverage gaming attendant, looking after SkyCity’s VIP gaming customers, and is saving up the money to return to AIS to complete a Bachelor of Hospitality Management.

He says studying at AIS gave him the real-world skills he required for his current job, and the confidence he needed to communicate in English with people from many different nationalities.

“My studies in food and beverage service operations, and food and beverage management, are similar to what I’m doing right now,” he says.

Aditya’s ambitions are to become a manager and eventually to own a restaurant.

Aditya Gupta, 

Diploma in Hospitality Operations Management, AIS

Case study

Industry placement leads to job

International student Ravneel Anand was delighted when his industry placement at a top Auckland hotel lead to a part-time job.

Ravneel, from Fiji, spent a month working at The Langham as part of his International Diploma in Culinary course at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).

The placement gave him a chance to work in every department in The Langham’s kitchens, from pastry to mains to desserts.

After Ravneel completed the internship, The Langham offered him a part-time job as a commis chef.

Ravneel is loving his part-time job, and says his studies at MIT were excellent preparation for his future career.

“The lecturers are so down-to-earth and helpful,” he says.

“I have found studying at MIT interesting and challenging and amazing. Everything has been enjoyable.”

He is also enjoying living in Auckland. “I like going out with my friends, seeing new places and having a good time.”

Ravneel recently finished his course and has applied for a 12-month post-study work visa to find a job. He hopes to be offered a full-time job at the Langham.

Ravneel Anand, 

International Diploma in Culinary, Manukau Institute of Technology


Case study

A career in hotel management

Studying for an international qualification in hotel management in New Zealand has led Deepak Nair to a management career in the country’s booming hospitality industry.

Deepak, from Kerala in India, studied for a Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Rotorua.

The polytechnic’s Employability Centre arranged for Deepak to have a part-time job at the four-star Distinction Hotel Rotorua during his studies.

After graduating, Deepak was offered a job as housekeeping supervisor at the Distinction hotel on the shores of beautiful Lake Te Anau in Fiordland.

“Waiariki was a memorable experience,” says Deepak.

“I was able to interact with students who represent different countries, cultures and customs, make good friends and interact with staff as I grew skills for my career.

“Waiariki gave me an idea of how to work in New Zealand. It helped shape my personality and interaction with employers.

“I know there is far more to achieve, as I am only at the beginning of my managerial career in the hospitality industry.”

Deepak Nair, 

Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management, Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic


Study pathway

New Zealand has a wide variety of food and hospitality courses, ranging from certificates and diplomas through to degree courses. Our flexible education system gives you many opportunities to add further qualifications and skills.


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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service -1 Semester
A New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service gives you the customer service skills you need to work in hotels, cafes and bars.
New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management
A New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management gives you the skills and knowledge needed for supervisory or management jobs.
New Zealand Diploma in Cookery
New Zealand Diploma in Cookery is your ticket to becoming a professional chef and running a professional kitchen.
Bachelor of International Hospitality Management
A Bachelor of International Hospitality Management is your passport to entering the world of hospitality as a manager and strategic thinker.
Bachelor of Culinary Arts
A Bachelor of Culinary Arts is an advanced professional cookery degree that equips you for a wide range of careers, from chef to food entrepreneur.
Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management
If you already have an undergraduate degree, a Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management allows you to build on your skills and achieve your management potential.
Master of Gastronomy - 18 Months
A Master of Gastronomy takes an in-depth look at the history, culture and science of food.

This is a generic pathway. Length of study may vary depending on how students choose to structure their degrees.

Jobs involving food and hospitality include:

  • Hotel managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of hotels, from budgeting and marketing to hiring staff and housekeeping.
    Hotel manager
  • Restaurant managers ensure restaurants run efficiently and that customers are happy with the food and service.
    Restaurant manager
  • Food and beverage managers usually work in hotels, restaurants or catering companies and are in charge of budgeting, managing staff and planning menus.
    Food and beverage manager
  • Chefs prepare food, run commercial kitchens and supervise kitchen staff.
  • Events organisers develop skills in organising meetings and conferences, public relations, marketing and financial management.
    Events organiser

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