Seasonal Jobs in New Zealand

Seasonal Jobs in New Zealand

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Most of the backpackers prefer to look for seasonal jobs in New Zealand to fund their travel expenses. Basically, the job prospect does not require you to have any qualification and not giving a long time commitment.

A lot of working holiday maker will want to work for seasonal jobs in New Zealand because they can extend their visa for another 3 months.

Bonus: Work in horticulture and viticulture industry for 3 months to extend your working holiday visa.

Here is the list of seasonal jobs in New Zealand and locations you can look for:

Summer (Dec-Feb)

Seasonal Jobs in New Zealand summer

Summer is the peak season for travellers coming to the country. The daylight is long and the weather is sunny. Besides, the seasonal job is available, jobs under hospitality field also in high demand.

The most popular seasonal job during this season is at the Central Otago, South Island. It is the cherry season where most of the backpackers will rush down and look for a job. It is very competitive, whereas there are still got other job available across the country.

Cherry Picking & Packing – Cromwell, Alexandra, Roxburgh

Apricot Picking & Packing – Cromwell, Alexandra, Roxburgh

Apple Thinning – Nelson, Motueka, Napier, Hastings

Vineyard Thinning – Blenheim, Napier, Hastings, Gisborne, Martinborough

Kiwifruit Flower Picking – Motueka, Te Puke, Tauranga, Opotiki

Mandarin Thinning – Warkworth, Kerikeri

Strawberry Picking & Packing – Albany, Warkworth

Blueberry/Raspberry Picking & Packing – Hamilton, Hastings, Nelson, Motueka

Autumn (Mar-May)

Seasonal Jobs in New Zealand autumn

This is the peak season for picking and packing in horticulture and viticulture industry. Casual/Seasonal workers are in high demand at this period to work in the packhouse and orchard.

Many orchards and packing houses are hiring backpackers for this harvesting season. The wages are either paid by hourly or by bin depending which orchard you are in. Some people can get a lot of saving from it when they are fast.

Apple Picking & Packing – Nelson, Motueka, Napier, Hastings

Kiwifruit Picking & Packing – Motueka, Te Puke, Tauranga, Opotiki

Avocados Packing – Te Puke, Tauranga, Opotiki

Pear Picking & Packing – Motueka, Nelson

Blueberry/Raspberry Picking & Packing – Hamilton, Hastings, Nelson, Motueka

Vineyard Picking – Blenheim, Napier, Hastings, Gisborne, Martinborough

Mandarin Picking – Warkworth, Kerikeri

Winter (June-Aug)

Seasonal Jobs in New Zealand winter

Winter is here, the snow and the cold weather makes the backpacker unwilling to work outdoor. If you are desperate and able work under the extreme weather, there are some job available for you. Meanwhile, you can work at the ski field when the ski season start (you need to apply early, approximately start the application on March).

Ski field consider seasonal job because it only open during winter time. Maybe few weeks early or later of the winter depending on the snow on the mountain. However, you can’t get any extension for working in the ski field.

Some packing house offer repacking for the remaining fruits. Depending on the weather, the fruit might mature later than the actual season. Then, it is an opportunity for all the backpackers to work indoor. Meanwhile, in the orchard sometimes do need some help for cleaning and cutting of the trees.

Mandarin Picking – Warkworth, Kerikeri

Vineyard Pruning – Blenheim, Napier, Hastings, Gisborne, Martinborough

Kiwifruit Pruning & Repacking – Motueka, Te Puke, Tauranga, Opotiki

Apple Pruning – Nelson, Motueka, Napier, Hastings

Lily Bulbs Processing – Rakaia

Ski Field – Mt Ruapehu, Queenstown, Wanaka

Spring (Sept-Nov)

Seasonal Jobs in New Zealand spring

This season is recognised to have the least job opportunity because, after the cold, everything needs some time to grow and recover. Don’t get discouraged easily, the competition level on this season is low, once you get to see the vacancy just grab it.

Strawberry Picking & Packing – Albany, Warkworth

Blueberry Raspberry Picking & Packing – Hamilton, Hastings

Kiwifruit Thinning – Motueka, Te Puke, Tauranga, Opotiki

Apple Thinning – Nelson, Motueka, Napier, Hastings

Vineyard Pruning – Blenheim, Napier, Hastings, Gisborne, Martinborough

Asparagus Picking – Tauranga, Hamilton

Overall, there will be plenty of job opportunities out there no matter what season you be in New Zealand. You just need to find a way and not be choosy. You might have the chance to work double work or shift too.

You can refer to these sites to find seasonal work:

  1. backpackerboard.co.nz
  2. seasonaljobs.co.nz
  3. seasonalwork.co.nz
  4. picktheworld.org
  5. picknz.co.nz

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