Harvest season in New Zealand

“… I worked for a season in the spring on an arable farm in Canterbury, New Zealand. Even though I went to New Zealand on my own, I had a fantastic time! The Kiwis are super friendly and great people to work with. During the season I did various work such as lifting potatoes and onions, transport and tillage. And I got to learn about many new crops such as carrot seed, radish seed, beetroot seed and buckwheat.” – Jacob de Haas

Nieuw-Zeeland oogst / Harvest season in New Zealand - Jacob de Haas

Do you want to gain work experience as far away from home as possible and do you have a background in the agricultural sector? Then embark on an agricultural adventure to the land of the Māori and kiwis. Roughly speaking, the harvest season in New Zealand is from January to May. As it’s such a long way to travel it’s advisable to plan an adventure of at least three months in New Zealand to get used to the climate and have some time to explore the country and its culture.

Arable farming in New Zealand

New Zealand consists of North and South Island. More than half of the total land surface area is dedicated to arable or livestock farming. Cereal crops, oats, barley, potatoes and fruit make up the majority of the arable output. New Zealand offers a far wider variety of crops and job roles compared with Australia, for example.

Working Holiday Visa

You need a work visa to work in New Zealand. The Working Holiday visa for New Zealand is the most common visa for seasonal work in the agricultural sector. Here’s some important information about the Working Holiday visa for New Zealand for Dutch citizens:

  • You must be between 18 and 31 years old to be eligible for a visa;
  • You have a valid passport;
  • You can start your visa application at any time of the year. The process usually takes approximately two weeks.

We can also assist you with your visa application. We’re happy to explain more about all the options.

Staff wanted for harvest season in New Zealand

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Interested in an adventure during the harvest season in New Zealand?
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