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Changes made to New Zealand working holiday visas

Learn more about the Supplementary Seasonal Employer (SSE) Visa in our Horticulture and Winegrowing industries

Kiwifruit and pip fruit

New Zealand has some of the best growing conditions in the world for kiwifruit and pip fruit; clean air and water, fertile soils, cool winters and warm summers.

The kiwifruit industry is made up of 2,800 growers across 3,200 orchards covering nearly 13,000 hectares, which produced over 150 million trays of fruit in 2019/20.

Kiwifruit is grown in eight regions: in the Northland areas of Whangarei and Kerikeri; just south of Auckland near Pukekohe; around Cambridge in the central Waikato region; on the East Cape near Gisborne; in the orchard-intensive regions of the Bay of Plenty (BOP) and Hawke's Bay; around Whanganui; and as far south as Nelson and Motueka at the top of the South Island.

New Zealand apple growers are producing apples for more than 100 markets around the world, to meet their different preferences for size, colour and taste. And 86% of New Zealand's apples and pears are grown in Hawke's Bay and Nelson, followed by Central Otago and South Canterbury.

Every year a small army of workers arrive on orchards to help during the harvest season and take on picking, sorting and grading, packing, machine operation, and forklift driving roles. Not all work is outside and while a good standard of fitness is useful, enthusiasm, and reliability are required. While some roles are being advertised now, many more will be advertised closer to peak harvest time, so keep checking the job listings.

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Online Training

GoHort offers free online taster courses to introduce you to the career pathways available in the horticulture industry.

Horticulture seasons in New Zealand

Travel between the regions and the seasons, enjoying a true New Zealand experience of both work and play on the horticulture trail. To see the seasonal job demand for each region, click on the season icons and use the colour code below.

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Northland

You'll love the winterless north

Surround yourself with Maori culture and stories about New Zealand's heritage and people in subtropical Northland. Plus, there's a coastline with something for everyone, colonial-era towns, adrenaline adventures, natural wonders and world class resorts.

Life's a beach in the Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty is home to 125 km of white sandy beaches, unique geothermal wonders, charming small towns and the larger cities of Tauranga and Whakatane, all providing plenty of outdoor activities, art, culture, scenic attractions, shopping and dining.

Hawke's Bay

Spoiled for choice in Hawke's Bay

Wide open blue skies, rolling waves over golden sandy beaches and long hot summers make Hawke's Bay a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're into surfing, mountain-biking, and tramping or into forest walks, wine-tasting, and sightseeing there's something for everyone.

No two days are the same in the Top of the South

From world class wineries, to walks, bike trails, and river sports there is plenty to see and do at the top of the South Island. With its endless hours of summer sunshine, stunning scenery, and premium wines, beers, and food to enjoy, exploring this region is a joy.

Central Otago

Experience Central Otago at your own pace

Central Otago and Queenstown attract visitors from all over the world seeking thrills and adventure no matter what time of year. Against a backdrop of huge skies, rugged landscapes, and inspiring vistas exciting new experiences or the quiet of peaceful contemplation await.