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Seasonal Work Jobs


About the Seasonal Work Industry in New Zealand

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Seasonal Jobs Ltd

Seasonal Jobs Ltd Recruitment

Seasonal Jobs gives you access to many job and employment opportunities from all over New Zealand and from many industries, like fruit picking and hospitality just to name a few.

Seasonal work is a great way to gain experience and meet new people, while also earning money and maintaining a flexible schedule. Sectors involved range from horticulture to hospitality, and seasonal work remains a popular choice for people travelling to New Zealand for working holidays.


However, it’s also a suitable industry to dive into when rejoining the workforce or when looking for flexible hours and a physical work environment. Roles vary according to region - from wine-growing in the Wairarapa to stone-fruit picking in the Hawke’s Bay - so there are plenty of options available to suit. Demand is consistently high across regions for seasonal workers so potential workers shouldn’t experience too much difficulty securing a position.


There are opportunities to move on to developing your chosen path in areas such as management, quality control or administration. There is also scope for expanding your industry know-how and skills through tertiary study in New Zealand. With the correct training and experience, permanent work is certainly an option for those who would wish to pursue it.

Sectors of Seasonal Work

  • Horticulture

  • Viticulture

  • Fishing

  • Hospitality

  • Meat Processing

  • Tourism

  • Snowsports

  • Silviculture (forest crops)

Visa Information: For Immigration and Employers

The Recognised Seasonal Employer Policy (RSE) is a seasonal work policy to meet horticulture and viticulture industry labour needs in New Zealand by allowing workers to enter New Zealand specifically for seasonal work. It became effective on 30 April 2007 and the cap on admissions has been steadily increasing, from 8000 in 2009 to 12,850 in 2018.

If you are an employer in any of the related sectors and can't find New Zealand citizens or residents to fill roles in your business operation, you can apply to be a Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) for overseas workers.

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