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New: Gap Year Intensive Courses

Taking some time out for a GAP, perhaps before embarking on tertiary study or to give you space to decide what to do next, is becoming more popular. The experience of travelling and exploring the wider world not only gives lifelong memories but it can offer valuable insights into new places and cultures.

For some people, this can translate into an overseas adventure. For others, the opportunity to travel and work in other regions of New Zealand is equally compelling. 

With this in mind, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine is offering two short, intensive programmes, teaching key skills which are highly sought after by employers. In addition, the customer service skills gained can benefit ANY career and enhance a CV and help maximise earning potential in the future.

These programmes include the opportunity for a seasonal work placement with highly regarded employers in New Zealand and new partners in resorts located in the Canadian Rockies. 

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Canadian work placement package*

  • includes an opportunity for employment (with access to accommodation) with one of our partners, arranging your visa and an orientation package on arrival. 

New Zealand work placement - includes partners in Queenstown, Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Canterbury

  • Support with employment in roles around New Zealand, from restaurants to wineries to hotels and more

*Additional costs involved, participation criteria requirements

We teach in small classes with a huge focus on hands-on, practical learning - a world away from your classroom time at school. The skills you need to succeed in our sector are the same for any career - communication, teamwork, planning - and you'll learn these in a fast-paced, fun and supportive environment.

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Drop in to view our facilities and find out more about our programmes:   

  • 12 April: 4pm - 7pm
  • 26 April: 4pm - 7pm

Waiheke views and vines


Certificate in Cookery (Foundation)    18 Week

Gain the skills needed for junior cookery employment; suitable for those without prior experience in the kitchen.

  • Next intake: June 13
  • Tuesday - Friday
  • 8am - 2pm

Read our course outline for more details 

Barista, Bar, Beverage & Accommodation Level 4     15 Week

Gain a comprehensive set of skills which will enable you to work in a wide variety of hospitality roles in cafés, restaurants, bars, hotels, superyachts, events and much more

  • Next intake: June 19
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8.30am - 2.30pm

Read our course outline for more details 

Read our flyer for more information


We're happy to answer any queries you may have - please email or call +9 377 7961

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Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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The School

Founded by Celia Hay, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine opened its first campus in Christchurch in 1995.

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