Otago Polytechnic


Do you love good food and working with people? Then hospitality could be perfect for you! 

We also offer cookery programmes at our Central Otago campus, where you can immerse yourself in our ‘paddock to plate’ approach. We focus on using regional produce to build a connection between the source of our food and the dinner table.  

Food Design and Culinary Arts

Embrace and explore the concept of multisensory food design in your career as a chef, artisan food producer or entrepreneur.


Hospitality Management

Learn how to manage hotels, motels, restaurants, or cafés in a junior supervisor role.


Hotel Management

Grow your career with a blend of management practice, theory and strategy in this programme available only to international students.


Food and Beverage Service

Learn counter and table service, food preparation, cocktails, café, bar and barista service in our  Level 3 and Level 4 programmes.



Begin your journey from cook to chef with our hands-on programmes available in Dunedin and Central Otago.


We have developed an exciting new suite of brewing qualifications which will be introduced from 2019. 


Want your skills formally recognised?

Have you worked in the hospitality industry for at least ten years and want formal recognition of your skills and knowledge?

We offer a one year, distance programme with workshops in Dunedin – ideal for those with experience of the hospitality industry. Using our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process, we measure your existing knowledge against the Bachelor of Culinary Arts and give you academic credit towards this degree. This process is especially valuable for those who are already employed, as you don’t have to leave your job to achieve the qualification.

Hosp mannaki


Manaaki offers a diverse menu, excellent service and a cosy, ambient environment for lunchtime and evening dining.

Hosp catering

Catering and Functions

We offer an extensive range of delicious menus, which can be customised to meet your needs.

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