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.

Check the Seasonal Work Calendar

Check the Seasonal Work Map

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.

Experience New Zealand with a working holiday visa
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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

 

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

FIFA Women's World Cup is coming July and August 2023 

Don't miss your chance to be part of this big event. Jobs in hospitality and tourism will be in high demand.   

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

All Year Round
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
All year round Oyster Farming Northland 100

Pick NZ

All year round Mussel Farming Northland 100

Pick NZ

All year round Accommodation Staff Northland 250+ Pick NZ
All year round Meatworks – processing Northland TBC Meat Your Career
All year round Tourism Attractions Staff Auckland 1000

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs etc) Auckland 10,000+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Accommodation Staff (Hotels etc) Auckland 10,000+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Causal Event Staff Auckland 2500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Potato harvesting Auckland TBC Pick NZ
All year round Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs etc) Waikato 5000+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Accommodation Staff (Hotels etc) Waikato 5000+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Meatworks – processing Waikato TBC Meat Your Career
All year round Mussel Farming Waikato TBC

Seek

TradeMe Jobs

All year round Oyster Farming Waikato TBC

Seek

TradeMe Jobs

All year round Potato harvesting Waikato TBC Pick NZ
All year round Casual Event Staff Waikato 2500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Forestry - Harvesting, Processing Bay of Plenty 1700 Forestry Careers
All year round Accommodation Staff Bay of Plenty 2500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs etc.) Bay of Plenty 3000+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Meatworks – processing Bay of Plenty TBC Meat Your Career
All year round Dairy Farm Assistant Hawkes Bay 2000

NZ Farm Source

TradeMe Jobs

All year round Meatworks – processing Hawkes Bay 3000 Meat Your Career
All year round Accommodation Staff Hawkes Bay 500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Forestry - Harvesting, Processing Hawkes Bay TBC Forestry Careers
All year round Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs etc) Taranaki 500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Accommodation Staff (Hotels etc) Taranaki 500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Meatworks – processing Taranaki TBC Meat Your Career
All year round Meatworks – processing Wairarapa (Wellington) TBC Meat Your Career
All year round Accommodation Staff Wellington   GoWithTourism
All year round Forestry - Harvesting, Processing Nelson/Marlborough 300 Forestry Careers
All year round Fisheries Nelson/Marlborough 2500 TradeMe Jobs
All year round Accommodation Staff Nelson/Marlborough 1000+

Restaurant NZ

Go With Tourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Mussel Farming Nelson/Marlborough TBC

Seek

TradeMe Jobs

All year round Accommodation Staff West Coast 250+

Go With Tourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Meatworks – processing West Coast TBC Meat Your Career
All year round Accommodation Staff Canterbury 500+

Restaurant NZ

Go With Tourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Meatworks – processing Canterbury   Meat Your Career
All year round Potato grading Canterbury  

Pick NZ

Backpacker Board

All year round Accommodation Staff Central Otago 500

Go With Tourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Casual Event Staff Central Otago 100+

Go With Tourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Meatworks – processing Central Otago TBC Meat Your Career
All year round Casual Event Staff Fiordland, Queenstown & Wanaka 100+

Go With Tourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Accommodation Staff (Hotels etc) Fiordland, Queenstown & Wanaka 5000+

Go With Tourism

Backpacker Board

All year round Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs etc)) Queenstown & Wanaka 5000+

Go With Tourism

Backpacker Board

January
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
Jan - April Sweetcorn picking and packing Hawkes Bay TBC

Pick NZ

Jan - May Pumpkin harvesting Hawkes Bay TBC

Pick NZ

Jan - May Pumpkin harvesting Auckland TBC Pick NZ
Jan - May Pumpkin harvesting Canterbury TBC Pick NZ
February
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
Feb - April Apple harvest & packing Hawkes Bay TBC

Pick NZ

Feb - April Apples - thinning Hawkes Bay TBC

Pick NZ

Feb - April Apple harvest & packing Waikato TBC Pick NZ
Feb - April Apples - thinning Waikato TBC Pick NZ
Feb - April Hop Harvesting Nelson/Marlborough TBC Pick NZ
Feb - April Apple harvest & packing Nelson/Marlborough TBC

Pick NZ

BackPacker Board

Feb - April Apples - thinning Nelson/Marlborough TBC Pick NZ
Feb - April Berry picking and packing Nelson/Marlborough TBC Pick NZ
Feb - April Pear picking and packing Nelson/Marlborough TBC Pick NZ
Feb - March Sweetcorn picking and packing Nelson/Marlborough TBC Pick NZ
March
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
March - September Vine Harvest / Maintenance Worker Central Otago 1000

Pick NZ

BackpackerBoard

March - September Vine Harvest / Maintenance Worker Otago - Southland 1000

Pick NZ

BackpackerBoard

March - July Olive picking and pressing Wellington 500+

Pick NZ

BackpackerBoard

March Olive harvesting Hawkes Bay TBC Pick NZ
March - August Kiwifruit harvest + packing Bay of Plenty TBC

Pick NZ

Kiwifruit Jobs NZ

March - August Kiwifruit harvest + packing Northland TBC

Pick NZ

Kiwifruit Jobs NZ

March - July Olive harvesting Northland TBC Pick NZ
March - July Olive harvesting Wairarapa (Wellington) TBC Pick NZ
March - May Potato harvesting Canterbury TBC

Pick NZ

BackpackerBoard

April
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
April - September Winter Snow Sports Staff Canterbury 300

Backpacker Board NZSki

April - September Winter Snow Sports Staff Queenstown & Wanaka 1000+

Pick NZ

May
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
May - October Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs, Vineyards etc) Central Otago 1000

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

May - October Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs etc) Canterbury 5000

Restaurant NZ

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Barcats

May - September Seafood - Processing West Coast <100 Seafood NZ
May - June Contract Milker Hawkes Bay TBC Pick NZ
May - October Macadamia harvesting Bay of Plenty TBC Pick NZ
May - October Macadamia harvesting Auckland TBC Pick NZ
May - October Macadamia harvesting Northland TBC Pick NZ
May - October Macadamia harvesting Nelson/Marlborough TBC Pick NZ
May - September Deep sea fishing West Coast TBC

TradeMe

Seek

June
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
June - August Wine Bottling Nelson/Marlborough 100

BackpackerBoard

June - August Vine Harvest / Maintenance Worker Canterbury 100

Pick NZ

BackpackerBoard

June - August Vine Harvest / Maintenance Worker Hawkes Bay 200 Pick NZ
June - September Forestry - Planting Nelson/Marlborough 300 Forestry Careers
June - August Vine Harvest / Maintenance Worker Nelson/Marlborough 1000

Pick NZ

BackpackerBoard

June - August Vine Training/Pruning/Trimming Wairarapa (Wellington) TBC

Pick NZ

June - August Vine Harvest Worker Wairarapa (Wellington) TBC

Pick NZ

BackpackerBoard

June - January Lemon picking and packing Bay of Plenty TBC Pick NZ
June - January Lemon picking and packing Northland TBC Pick NZ
June - October Grapefruit picking and packing Waikato TBC Pick NZ
June - October Grapefruit picking and packing Auckland TBC Pick NZ
June - October Grapefruit picking and packing Northland TBC Pick NZ
June - October Orange picking and harvesting Northland TBC Pick NZ
June - September Forestry - Planting Hawkes Bay TBC Forestry Careers
July
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
July - December Asparagus harvesting Canterbury <100

Pick NZ

July - December Olive picking Nelson/Marlborough TBC

Pick NZ

July Asparagus harvesting Hawkes Bay TBC Pick NZ
July - December Asparagus harvesting Waikato TBC Pick NZ
August
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
August - April Milk harvesting West Coast 400

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - October Dairy / Beef farm assistant Northland 1000

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - October Dairy / Beef farm assistant West Coast 1000 Pick NZ
August - October Dairy / Beef farm assistant Canterbury 1000 NZ Farm Source
August - October Dairy / Beef farm assistant Central Otago 1000 NZ Farm Source
August - April Milk harvesting Taranaki 1200

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - April Milk harvesting Northland 2000

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - April Milk harvesting Waikato 3000

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - October Dairy / Beef farm assistant Taranaki 3000

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - April Milk harvesting Canterbury 6000 NZ Farm Source
August - October Dairy / Beef farm assistant Waikato 8000

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - April Milk harvesting Bay of Plenty TBC

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - April Milk harvesting Wairarapa (Wellington) TBC

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - April Milk harvesting Central Otago TBC

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - December Dairy - Milking Nelson/Marlborough TBC

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - October Dairy – Calf rearing Bay of Plenty TBC

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - October Dairy – Calf rearing Wairarapa (Wellington) TBC

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

August - October Dairy – Calf rearing Nelson/Marlborough TBC

NZ Farm Source

GoDairy

September
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
September - April Avocado picking and packing Bay of Plenty TBC Pick NZ
September - April Avocado picking and packing Waikato TBC Pick NZ
September - April Avocado picking and packing Northland TBC Pick NZ
October
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
October - March Tourism Summer Activity Staff Waikato 1000

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

October - March

Tourism Summer Activity Staff (Outdoor Guides, Biking, Attractions) Fiordland, Queenstown & Wanaka 1000+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Lakes Weekly Bulletin

October - March Tourism Boat Crew & Watersports Fiordland, Queenstown & Wanaka 150+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Lakes Weekly Bulletin

October - March Tourism Boat Crew Waikato 250+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

October - March Tourism Boat Crew & Watersports Auckland 250+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

October - March Tourism Summer Activity Staff Taranaki 300+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

October - March Tourism Summer Activity Staff Auckland 500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

November
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
November Sheep -shearing hands Otago - Southland 350 NZ Shearing
November Cherry canopy management Central Otago 400 Pick NZ
November Vineyard bud rubbing/shoot thinning Central Otago 500 Pick NZ
November Apples - thinning Central Otago 500 Pick NZ
November Grain Harvests Otago - Southland 650 TradeMe Jobs
November Dairy – Calf rearing Otago - Southland 850 NZ Farm Source
Nov - Mar Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs, Vineyards etc.) Nelson/Marlborough 1000

Restaurant NZ

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Barcats

Nov - Mar Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs, Vineyards etc.) Hawkes Bay 1500

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Nov - Mar Tourism Activity & Outdoor Guides Hawkes Bay 100+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Nov - Mar Tourism Activity & Outdoor Guides Northland 100+ GoWithTourism
Nov - Mar Tourism Water Sports & Boat Crew Northland 100+ GoWithTourism
Nov - Mar Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs etc)) West Coast 150+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Nov - Feb Tourism Outdoor & Activity Guides West Coast 250+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Nov - Feb Winemaking Nelson/Marlborough 250+ Wine Jobs online
Nov - Mar Tourism Water Sports & Boat Crew Bay of Plenty 250+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Nov - Mar Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs, Vineyards etc.) Northland 250+ GoWithTourism
Nov - Mar Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs, Vineyards etc.) Martinborough 250+ GoWithTourism
Nov - Mar Tourism Activity & Outdoor Guides Nelson/Marlborough 250+

GoWithTourism

Nov - Mar Tourism Water Sports Guides & Boat Crew Nelson/Marlborough 250+

GoWithTourism

Adventure Jobs

Nov - Mar Tourism Summer Activity Staff (Guides & Biking) Central Otago 250+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

November Stonefruit thinning Central Otago 450 – 600 Pick NZ
Nov - Mar Tourism Activity & Outdoor Guides Bay of Plenty 500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Nov - Mar Tourism Summer Activity Staff Canterbury 500+

GoWithTourism

Backpacker Board

Nov - Mar Strawberry picking and packing Auckland tbc Pick NZ
Nov - Apr Pea harvesting Hawkes Bay tbc Pick NZ
Nov - Apr Pea harvesting Nelson/Marlborough tbc Pick NZ
Nov - Apr Pea harvesting Canterbury tbc Pick NZ
Nov - Mar Onion harvesting Waikato tbc Pick NZ
Nov - Mar Onion harvesting Auckland tbc Pick NZ
Nov - Mar Tourism Activity & Outdoor Guides Wellington tbc GoWithTourism
Nov - Mar Hospitality Staff (F&B, Baristas, Chefs, Vineyards etc.) Wellington tbc GoWithTourism
Nov - Mar Meat Processing Nelson/Marlborough tbc Meat Your Career
Nov - May Stone fruit harvest + packing Hawkes Bay tbc Pick NZ
Nov - May Berry harvest + packing Hawkes Bay tbc Pick NZ
December
W3C Table 1 - Seasonal and casual work available in New Zealand in December
WHEN WHAT WHERE JOBS FIND JOBS
December Blueberry harvest & pack Central Otago 100 Pick NZ
December Vineyard tucking/wire Central Otago 500 Pick NZ
December Apples - harvesting Central Otago 500 Pick NZ
December Grain Harvests Otago - Southland 820 TradeMe
December Milk harvesting Otago - Southland 850

NZ Farm Source Go Dairy

December Sheep -shearing hands Otago - Southland 1000 NZ Shearing
December Cherry harvest & pack Central Otago 4000 Pick NZ
December Meatworks – processing Otago - Southland 5000 Meat Your Career
December Stonefruit thinning Central Otago 450-600 Pick NZ
December - March Blueberry picking and packing Bay of Plenty TBC Pick NZ
December - March Blueberry picking and packing Waikato TBC Pick NZ

Check the Seasonal Work Map

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