I’ve got the equivalent license in another country; can I apply?
All of our commercial driving jobs require a Full New Zealand Licence of the appropriate vehicle class and endorsement. As a minimum, our smallest passenger vehicle requires a class 1 license with a Passenger Endorsement, however a class 2 license is recommended to enable more vehicles to be driven. You may be eligible to convert your overseas license to a NZ one. See below for more information.
I don’t have any commercial licensing at the moment; are there any options for me?
Our team is also recruiting for Dispatchers and Hosts. If you would like further information on these roles please visit the following links for more information or check out our General Recruiting page to work with one of our other teams.
General licensing information link
Converting an overseas license
Applying for a Passenger Endorsement
What would my expected hours be?
This varies from day to day, but the majority of our drivers begin their shifts between 6.30am and 7.30am. The actual start time would be communicated to you the day before. Our finish times are not scheduled and vary depending on the days business levels and other operational factors, however the majority of our drivers typically finish between 5pm and 6.30pm each day.
I haven’t done any alpine specific driving; should I apply?
Yes! The more experience driving in alpine conditions the better, however we provide comprehensive training and assessment to all of our drivers.
What types of vehicles would I be expected to drive?
Our bus fleet includes MAN TGM 4x4 buses, MAN R37 Coaches, Mercedes Coaches, Isuzu F Series Buses, Mitsubishi Rosas, Mitsubishi Canters, Isuzu N Series Shuttles and Mercedes Actros shuttles. Specific training and/or assessment is delivered for each of our vehicle types. The expectation is to drive any and all of these vehicles depending on your license class and once you are trained and signed off. For operational flexibility, we don’t allocate drivers to individual vehicles or vehicle types.
If I’m employed as a bus driver, what else am I expected to do during the day?
Every team member is expected to help out one another and to undertake tasks that are delegated by our leadership team. This includes, covering carpark shuttle driver breaks, helping to load each other’s buses, checking passes etc. See above for more detail.
Do you do drug testing?
Yes. All drivers must undertake a pre-season drug test. We also test randomly throughout the season and post-incident for drugs and alcohol.
Do I get to ski or snowboard?
Yes! You are encouraged to get out and enjoy the slopes as much as possible! Your lunch break will be taken on the skifield each day (pending operational requirements) and you will have a minimum of one hour as an unpaid break to eat and go skiing or snowboarding if you wish. In addition to that, depending on business levels, your lunch break may extend into ‘Standby Time’ when you can still ski or ride as long as you are in touch with Dispatch and are available to return to your bus at short notice.
Is there anything else I need to know in advance?
Yes. You will require a smartphone (either iPhone or Android) to perform some aspects of your job. This includes access to team communication, signing on and off of shifts and vehicle inspections. Free data is provided in the areas you will be expecting to use your device.
Our Team Values
You make wise decisions without rushing to react and you identify root causes and go beyond treating symptoms
You listen well so you can better understand and you treat people with respect independent of their status or ideas
You remain calm in stressful situations and you demonstrate consistently strong performance, so others can rely upon you
You learn rapidly and eagerly and you seek to understand our products, customers and our processes
You challenge prevailing assumptions when warranted and suggest better approaches.
You inspire others with your quest for excellence and you care about our success.
You are known for your candour and directness. You only say things about fellow employees that you would say to their face. You are quick to admit mistakes.
You seek what is best for the team and our customers, rather than what is best for yourself. You make time to help your team mates. You share information openly
The Transport Department was set up in its current form in 2009. Prior to that NZSki buses were just used to transport staff, and any customer who wished to use public transport needed to use a third-party transport provider. As NZSki didn’t have any influence over the customer experience it was seen as an important step to introduce a service that would offer our guests a high level of service, as well as incorporating the NZSki company values. Since 2008 NZSki has invested in 12 x MAN 4WD buses, 2 x tag axel MAN R37 coaches, as well as 1 x 2WD Isuzu bus and 7 smaller 4WD shuttles. The fleet is also supplemented with several lease buses from third party operators as well as several buses from our sister companies. During peak periods the fleet can exceed 30 buses in total.
The Transport Department is one of the larger departments in NZSki with 70 employees including drivers, team leaders, administration and various other support staff.
The Transport Department is broken down into several operations;
This is a very economical service that runs every 15 to 20 minutes to Coronet Peak and the Remarkables from the Station Building, as well as stops along the way. Approximately 100,000 passengers travel to the skifields on this service each season.
This is a pre-booked and pre-paid premium service that runs at fixed times once each morning and returns twice each afternoon. Three different runs service most of the Hotels from Fernhill, Frankton Road and central Queenstown.
The majority of the mountain staff are transported each day as part of our Express Service from the Station. We also provide transport from to The Station from other area. The first few buses of the day are allocated for staff and they may also use any Express bus (not Hotel Express) throughout the day. Staff must present their staff ID to board the bus – No exceptions. Staff may also use the transport on their days off. Staff must be treated with the same courtesy as any of our guests. Requests for preferential queuing must be approved by the Transport Manager or a Transport Team Leader.
Car Park Shuttles
As the car parks at both skifields are very large and spread out, we offer a complimentary service for the guests and their equipment to and from each car park to the base buildings.
Two of the Remarkables most popular and iconic runs are “Homeward” and “Outward”, which run from the top of Shadow Basin and finish about a kilometre below the base area. Once the guests have skied or ridden down to the pick-up point, they are delivered by us back to the base area. The Homeward shuttle is run in conjunction with the Remarkables Carpark shuttle.