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I am visiting New Zealand but would like to do some fruit picking - is this allowed?

If you are in New Zealand holding a visitor visa and there is a declared Seasonal Labour Shortage, you may be able to apply for a short-term Variation of Conditions to allow you to do seasonal work. Seasonal work can include planting, maintaining, harvesting, and packing crops in the horticulture or viticulture industries.

Seasonal Labour Shortages are declared by the Ministry of Social Development, and are usually in the autumn - New Zealand's harvest season.

Seasonal labour shortages

You can only get a variation for this purpose once during each visit to New Zealand. The maximum time you are allowed to work is six weeks.

To get a variation to do seasonal work, you must:

  • show you are a genuine visitor to New Zealand; and 
  • submit your passport, the Variation of Conditions application form, and the fee for processing.

This is a paper-only application. You cannot apply online for a Variation of Conditions.

Once you hold a Variation of Conditions under these instructions, you may only work in a region where the Ministry of Social Development has declared a seasonal labour shortage. These regions are updated in the 'news and notifications' section of our website when they are announced.

Varying the conditions of a visitor visa

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