Immigrate to New Zealand – Work in Horticulture or Viticulture Industries (2024)

Recognised Seasonal Visa

New Zealand has had a long history of immigration from Britain, with the migrant inflow being especially important in the second half of the 19th century. War and economic depression disrupted immigration at various times in the first half of the 20th century, but there was another surge of British immigration to New Zealand in the decades after the Second World War.

Between 1947 and 1975, a total of 77,000 women, children and men arrived from Great Britain under the assisted immigration scheme. Smaller numbers came from the Netherlands and some other European countries. Non-British immigrants in particular introduced new customs, foods, ideas and practices, and together with later arrivals helped shape modern New Zealand society.

New Zealand was first inhabited by the people of Ngāpuhi (tribe of the Far North), the first explorer to reach New Zealand was the intrepid ancestor, Kupe. Using the stars and ocean currents as his navigational guides, he ventured across the Pacific on his waka hourua (voyaging canoe) from his ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. 

The first European to sight New Zealand was Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. He was on an expedition to discover a great Southern continent ‘Great South Land’ that was believed to be rich in minerals. In 1642, while searching for this continent, Tasman sighted a ‘large high-lying land’ off the West Coast of the South Island.

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Recognised Seasonal Employer Limited Visa

On the Recognised Seasonal Employer Limited Visa you can come to New Zealand for a short time to work in our horticulture and viticulture industries. You must have a job offer from a Recognised Seasonal Employer before you apply.

Your work will be in our fruit and vegetable or wine industries doing jobs like:

  • planting
  • maintaining crops
  • harvesting
  • packing.
  • You can come to New Zealand up to 14 days before you are meant to start work.
  • You cannot come to New Zealand any more than 14 days after you are meant to start work.
  • You can only travel to New Zealand once on an RSE Limited Visa.

Things to note

  • You cannot apply for any other kind of visa while you hold a Recognised Seasonal Employer Limited Visa.
  • You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires — you cannot appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal to stay in New Zealand.
  • You cannot include your partner or dependent children in your visa application.
With this visa you can
  • Your maximum stay varies depending on date of arrival in New Zealand. Citizens of Tuvalu and Kiribati who also live there can stay an extra 2 months.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing a paper arrival card or a digital traveller declaration. If you are completing a paper arrival card you will be given this on the way to New Zealand.

New Zealand Customs and Biosecurity also check that you meet their entry requirements.


You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

When you arrive at the New Zealand border, you must apply for entry permission even if you already have a visa or NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority). This process is usually quick, but immigration officers may ask you some extra questions before giving you permission to enter New Zealand. You must answer these questions truthfully.

Immigration officers can ask you to provide evidence to support your application to enter New Zealand. They may ask to see your ticket to leave New Zealand or evidence of how you will support yourself while you are here.

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