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Can I extend my Working Holiday Visa to do seasonal work?

If you are in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa and have already done some seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industries, you may be able to extend your Working Holiday visa and spend more time in New Zealand.

Seasonal work means planting, maintaining, harvesting, and packing crops in the horticulture or viticulture industry.

To be eligible for a further three month visa under the Working Holidaymaker Extension instructions, you need to:

  • be in New Zealand;
  • hold a current work visa granted under a Working Holiday Scheme;
  • have a return ticket to your home country or funds to purchase such a ticket;
  • submit an application in the prescribed manner;
  • pay the appropriate fee;
  • not have previously been granted a visa (or permit under the Immigration Act 1987) under the Working Holidaymaker Extension instructions; and
  • provide evidence that you have undertaken more than three months of seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industry while you were here on your Working Holiday Visa.

Successful applicants will be granted a work visa under the Working Holidaymaker Extension instructions for three months, with the same conditions as the original work visa granted under a Working Holiday Scheme.

The 3 month extension will begin from the expiry date of the current working holiday visa.

Working Holiday Extension Work Visa