Kiwi Fruit Season – Guaranteed jobs

Feb 28, 2020 | 0 comments

Have you ever thought about working in a Kiwi fruit farm? It could be a great work experience, help you to make some money for travelling and enjoying your working holiday visa.

Usually there are plenty of jobs all year round, but in high season loads of workers are needed and if you are a YepIS member we can guarantee that you will get a position due to our awesome partners. It does not require any particular skills; you will learn the job by doing it. If you are afraid of coming on a work and travel experience in New Zealand and not finding a job, relax, make your plans, choose the right time and pack your bags.

I have listed below everything you need to know to make your New Zealand dream a reality by working in a Kiwifruit farm.

About the Industry:

New Zealand is one of largest kiwifruit producing country in the world. The fruit grows in several regions mainly to exportation; being responsible for bringing billions of dollars to the country. The varying conditions in New Zealand mean the type of fruit, vegetables and their picking seasons differ across the regions. Every year thousands of workers are needed and backpackers are one of the most important, as they are willing to get seasonal work.

What do you need to work in a Kiwifruit farm:

You need a valid work visa, an IRD number, a NZ bank account and a job! Simple as that.

If you can follow instructions, work as part of a team, demonstrate a positive attitude and be flexible with the highs and lows of seasonal work you will do just fine.

Bonus – you may be eligible for getting your Working Holiday Visa extended when you work at a kiwifruit orchard. Check out more info on the NZ immigration website (

Where can you find work:

You will find Kiwifruit farms in several regions in New Zealand as well as other sort of fruit and veggie picking regions. The most popular ones are:


When is the season:

The kiwifruit jobs involve Picking (March-June), Pruning (June-August), Stringing Poles (August-September) and the Summer Jobs (October-February) which are bud and fruit thinning, tipping, training canes onto strings, pruning etc.

Conditions of the work:

Work hours are not usually fixed, typically from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 6pm. It is weather dependent. You will be working outdoors. You need your own transport to go to work or make arrangements by bus or van. You will get paid weekly depending of the job you are doing by hour rate or by production. Do not forget to inquire before starting the job what you will be doing and the how is the payment.

Working in a kiwifruit farm is definitely a great way to fund your travels and see the countryside. If you want to know a little bit more one of our partners has also written a blog post for us here at YepIS, have a look in this link

If you want to know how to become a YepIS member and get your job in a kiwifruit farm contact us now.