Work and Play in Central Otago
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The summer fruit industry is centered on the Central Otago region. Central Otago is also the FUN region of New Zealand with heaps of action adventure!
Summerfruit refers to all the stone fruits – including cherries, apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines and apples
This is also a developing region for New Zealand’s wine industry, so between the many orchards and vineyards Central Otago offers year-round work opportunities.
Work Opportunities now
We have orchard and vineyard work available on and off February 18. Own transport and accommodation are required.
Please register on the Seasonal Solutions website to apply for these jobs.
There will be plenty more work for the grape harvest from start-mid March for 6-8 weeks
WHERE TO STAY
Some growers and packing facilities offer worker accommodation, do not rely on this as it is first in first serve. The region also has backpacker and camping facilities. Alternatively you can do a short term rental house. Vineyards do not have accommodation.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START
Before you start work you must sign an employment agreement with the employer and a health and safety induction.
It is advised that you take a photo of the first page of the the agreement showing the business name and address and ask for a copy of the signed agreement.
Keep your own record of what days you worked and the number of hours you worked each day.
Please make sure you have an IRD number and bank account before you start work.
What to see and do in Central Otago
Central Otago is New Zealand’s most inland region, located in the southern half of the South Island.
It’s breathtakingly different with vast undulating landscapes, rugged snow-capped mountains, clear blue rivers, deep gorges and tussock-clad hills.
Discover vivid seasons and rocky, mountainous landscapes; friendly townships; a well-preserved gold heritage; award-winning wineries, recreational opportunities from fishing, mountain biking and the Central Otago Rail Trail to winter sports like curling and ice skating; and so much more…
The relaxed pace, unrivalled scenery of Central Otago, seasonal weather, space, solitude and wide range of recreational opportunities go hand-in-hand with quality housing, facilities and organisations, commercial centres, and communities that value their lifestyles and plan for the future.
Some Must dos
- Ride the Otago Central Rail Trail
- Visit a winery or two
- Try curling at Naseby
- Search for gold at the Clutha Gold Trail
- Fish the Clutha River
- Go mountain biking in Queenstown & Wanaka
- Hit the night life of Queenstown
www.centralotagonz.com for more tourist information.