Working Holidays

Seasonal work opportunities in New Zealand

Travelling with a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) is an easy low-cost way to see more of New Zealand, meet more people, and have more fun.

Adventure activities in New Zealand like swimming with dolphins

New Zealand's horticulture and tourism industries have many casual roles available.

Work is available all across New Zealand, all year round. And for most roles, experience is not required. While on-site accommodation is available in some areas.

Advantages of a Working Holiday Visa:

  • Stay for longer - With a WHV you can stay for longer than with a standard visitor visa,  meet other travellers and local people.
  • Meet more people 
  • Stretch your budget 
  • Leave and return 
  • Start working straight away 
  • See more of New Zealand,  and then perhaps use your earnings to see more of the Pacific – and then do it again - because repeat entry to New Zealand is a feature of Working Holiday visas.
New Zealand has some of the best hiking spots

With eight main horticulture regions around the country, you can follow the seasons, stretch your budget, and enjoy some of the best New Zealand has to offer.

What you need to need to work

  • The visa - If you are not a current holder of a Working Holiday Visa then you must first apply. If you are current holder then you may plan to work. You can find out more about the visa at Immigration New Zealand's website.
  • A New Zealand bank account - With some banks you can apply for and open a NZ bank account before you arrive.  Find out how on this helpful page from the NZ Pocket Guide.
  • An IRD (tax) number  - The application process is explained simply and clearly here.

Visa information

Apply for a Working Holiday Visa

If you do not have a current Working Holiday Visa, you can apply for a Working Holiday Visa on Immigration New Zealand's website. 

Working Holiday Visas | Immigration New Zealand

Worker picking grapes from New Zealand orchard

Seasonal job sites to explore

Horticulture/Viticulture 

Find seasonal work across NZ | PickNZ
Warehouse, fruit packing & vineyard jobs |Backpackerboard

Tourism

Jobs in hospitality and tourism | Go with Tourism

Know your rights at work

New Zealand has laws that help keep workplaces fair. It is important to understand the rules, and your rights and responsibilities. 

Check your employment rights

Minimum rights of employees | Employment New Zealand

Report your employer | Employment New Zealand

 

Check the Seasonal Work Calendar

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When What Where Jobs Find jobs
November 2022 Cherry canopy management Central Otago 400 Pick NZ
November 2022 Stonefruit thinning Central Otago 450-600 Pick NZ
November 2022 Vineyard bud rubbing/shoot thinning Central Otago 500 Pick NZ
November 2022 Apples - thinning Central Otago 500 Pick NZ
November 2022 Sheep -shearing hands Otago- Southland 350 NZ Shearing
November 2022 Dairy – Calf rearing Otago- Southland 850 NZ Farm source
November 2022 Meatworks – processing Otago- Southland 5000 TBA
November 2022 Outdoor guides Fiordland-Te Anau 150 TBA
November 2022 Grain Harvests Otago- Southland 650 Trade Me Jobs
November 2022 Tomato picking (Glasshouse) Rotorua-Taupo 100 T&G Global
November 2022 Vineyard workers Central Otago 300 PickNZ
November 2022 Casual part time - retail Auckland 950 Jora
November 2022 Hospitality and Tourism Auckland 232 Seek
November 2022 Casual part time Auckland 434 Indeed
November 2022 Vineyard workers Marlborough TBA PickNZ
November 2022 Vineyard workers Hawkes Bay TBA PickNZ
November 2022 Vineyard workers Waiheke Island TBA PickNZ
Nov-Dec 2022 Kiwifruit thinning, flower picking and pruning Northland TBA TBA
Nov-Dec 2022 Kumara Planting Northland TBA TBA
Dec 2022-Jan 2023  Kumara Weeding Northland TBA TBA
December 2022 Cherry harvest & pack Central Otago 4000 Pick NZ
December 2022 Stonefruit thinning Central Otago 450-600 Pick NZ
December 2022 Vineyard tucking/wire Central Otago 500 Pick NZ
December 2022 Blueberry harvest & pack Central Otago 100 Pick NZ
December 2022 Apples - thinning Central Otago 500 Pick NZ
December 2022 Sheep -shearing hands Otago- Southland 1000 NZ Shearing
December 2022 Milk harvesting Otago- Southland 850 TBA
December 2022 Meatworks – processing Otago- Southland 5000 NZ Farm source
December 2022 Outdoor guides Fiordland-Te Anau 300 TBA
December 2022 Grain Harvests Otago- Southland 820 Trade Me Jobs
December 2022 Farm hands, tractor drivers Canterbury TBA TBA
December 2022 Avocado workers Bay of Plenty TBA NZ Avocado
December 2022 Avocado workers Northland TBA NZ Avocado
December 2022 Cherry harvest & pack Hawkes Bay TBA TBA
December 2022 ...      
         
         

 

 

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