How to become a Maitre d' in New Zealand

30 June 2023
How to become a Maitre d' in New Zealand


Why become a Maitre d'?

Maitre d' oversee the service of food and beverages to guests in restaurants and other eating places. They also check reservations, greet guests and supervise the waiting staff.

Becoming a Maitre d' offers variety and a range of responsibilities. They are responsible for overseeing the running of a restaurant, ensuring the customers enjoyment, and managing the waiting staff.

Alternative job titles

Maitre d'Hotel
Head Waiter
Restaurant Supervisor


Understanding the best way to become a qualified Maitre d' in New Zealand looks complicated but is easy. Here are the steps you need to take to start your career as a Maitre d'.

Step 1

Choose and enrol with a registered training provider

Step 2

Complete in a level 3 certificate program

Step 3

Progress to level 4 certificate program and complete a Liquor Control Certification



Average Pay

$40k - $55k per year



Length of training

35-40 weeks



Available Jobs


*TradeMe Jobs, April 2022

  • Reliable work ethic

  • Polite and friendly

  • Confidence when dealing with others

  • Good at communication

  • Able to lead and motivate staff

  • Able to make decisions under pressure

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Hotels

  • Restaurants

  • Private clubs

  • Cocktail lounges.


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