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I am visiting NZ, but would like to do some fruit picking for a short time

If you are in New Zealand on a visitor visa you may apply to have the conditions of your visa varied to allow you to do seasonal work (planting, maintaining, harvesting, and packing crops) in the horticulture or viticulture industry.  

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 for 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 appropriate form and fee to immigration for processing.

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.

Variation of Conditions to undertake Seasonal Work