If you are on a working holiday in New Zealand, chances are you might be interested in doing some ‘fruitpicking’ or ‘seasonal work’ in New Zealand.
There is a huge agricultural industry within the country and a huge need for casual workers to work in vineyards along with orchards where kiwifruit, peaches, apples, apricots, cherries and mandarins are grown.
The busiest regions for seasonal work are Northland, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago.
A great website to go to for an overview of the key fruitpicking regions in New Zealand is www.picknz.co.nz. This website also provides you with an indication of what the demand is for workers in these regions at different times of year.
There are a large number of backpackers in these regions that specialise in finding work for travellers in return for you staying in their accommodation. Two good examples of these kind of backpackers include The Lemon Tree Backpackers in Marlborough and the Rotten Apple in Hastings (Hawkes Bay).
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