Working holiday scheme

At McGrath Nurseries we enjoy the skills and cultural differences brought to us by young travelers experiencing New Zealand by employing young people through the Working Holiday Scheme. The Working Holiday Visa is a specific travel visa which has been created to help young travelers (ages 18 to 30) earn money as they work their way around New Zealand. The visa allows you to undertake casual work and travel around New Zealand for up to one or two years. 

We seek employees with a keen interest in horticulture and who enjoy and have the ability for physical outdoor work. Employment opportunities may be available during our peak seasons of January 15-March 20 and Mid-May to Mid-September and you should be available for a minimum of one month. The requirements for obtaining a Working Holiday Visa are different for each country. To see if you qualify and the exact requirements for your country, please see

In general, the following requirements apply:

  • You must be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old
  • Be able to show you have sufficient funds to support yourself (approx NZ $4200 in cash, travelers cheques, bank draft or bank statement)
  • Have a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase one
  • Have no dependent children with you
  • Never been on a Working Holiday to New Zealand before
  • The main reason you're coming to NZ is to holiday; work being your secondary intention
  • Evidence you hold adequate medical insurance for the length of your stay.

In addition, the Working Holiday Schemes for each country have their own unique requirements, such as limitations on the number of visas issued each year and restrictions on the length of time you can work for each employer. You may be asked questions and be required to provide evidence that you meet certain requirements before being allowed into NZ, so make sure you have all the relevant documents with you. If you qualify for this program and feel that you have special talents that would assist us in our fruit tree nursery, please contact us for available job opportunities.

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