Franchise Opportunities

Become the boss of your own Macca’s® restaurant.

Welcome! You’ve made the first step in a journey to strike gold so let’s get going.

It seems you’re interested in becoming a McDonald’s® franchisee, which means you’re smart...a people person with solid business skills, and not afraid to roll up your sleeves and work hard, especially if it gets you to where you want to be. It’s these key ingredients we’re looking for.

On your quest to become a McDonald’s franchisee you’ll experience personal growth and gain management skills that you’ll find invaluable. And along the way you’ll have the guidance of our proven McDonald’s franchisee training model, plus all the support and nuggets of knowledge we can offer on a local and national level.

Obviously there’s a lot of territory to cover, so read on to discover the opportunity of a lifetime.

A McDonald’s franchise is a proven business model, in fact in New Zealand, about 85 per cent of our restaurants are owned and operated by local franchisees. The care we take in recruiting, screening, training, developing and retaining qualified franchisees has been integral to both our own and our franchisees’ growth and success.It’s a real partnership, in fact, we like to say it’s “a little bit of you and a little bit of us”. It is a golden opportunity and will bring its rewards, but it is also hard work and not everyone’s cup of tea. So, we think it’s best to be upfront and give you all the facts so that you can decide for yourself.

The benefits

What are the benefits and opportunities?

Your own business: We give you the tools and support at both a local and national level to help make your business a success.

Personal satisfaction: Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from working with other people, from your restaurant crew, to your customers and the local community. Many of our franchise owners have made an impact on a local level with our global brand.

Contribution: We welcome contributions and an open exchange of ideas between the company and our franchisees. The Big Mac®, Filet-O-Fish® and Bacon & Egg McMuffin® have all been developed from ideas generated by franchisees around the world. Indeed, the idea for the Kiwi burger came from one our franchisees in the Hamilton region.

Growth and experience: The personal growth and business knowledge you’ll develop from our extensive training and your experience as a franchisee is invaluable. We encourage all our franchise owners to grow and to continually improve themselves and their businesses. For more information on becoming a franchisee, please refer to the info pack.

What's involved and what does it take?

McDonald’s will be your only business. You cannot work anywhere else except at McDonald’s and you’ve got to be prepared to make an investment of hard work and long hours to reach success.

  • You’re able to commit to our Registered Applicant Training Programme for 12 months. The training programme is full-time and unpaid.
  • You’re able to make a significant financial investment – circa $1,700,000 unencumbered cash funds.
  • Once you’ve completed your training, you are willing to accept a franchise at any location within New Zealand.
  • You currently have or have had a successful business or career, demonstrated significant team leadership and know how to attract and develop talented people.
  • You are or you are able to become an integral part of your community as an employer, service provider, local business leader and an advocate of the McDonald’s brand.
  • You’re energetic and take a hands-on approach.

What it takes – 8 key ingredients

You'll have an ability to demonstrate:

  • You can make your own team. A track record in recruiting and training successful high performance teams, including planning for succession.
  • Creating and implementing business plans with long term and short term objectives.
  • Delivering financial results in a commercial environment.
  • Strong management skills, including managing teams in a high pressure, dynamic workplace.
  • Experience in a high paced customer environment, working in a high-volume, high-turnover industry, whilst putting the customer first.
  • Experience in a highly standardised operational/production oriented environment.
  • Managing capital expenditure for a business that requires ongoing investment.
  • An ability to step up and take accountability for the success of a business and you can operate independently.

Applications are now open

 We are looking for highly qualified men and women to invest in our franchise business.

 For all franchising queries, please email

More Information

For more information on becoming a Franchisee, please refer to the McDonald’s New Zealand Franchising Overview below.