Work and play in Central Otago

Work and play in Central Otago

The summerfruit industry is centred on the Central Otago region, located between the South Island cities of Dunedin and Queenstown.
Summerfruit refers to all the stone fruits – including cherries, apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines.

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 won’t have much work available in this region until grape harvest starts around the last week of March in the Cromwell area.

WHERE TO STAY
Some growers and packing facilities offer worker accommodation. The region also has backpacker and camping facilities. Alternatively you can do a short term rental house.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START

Before you start work you must sign an employment agreement with the employer.

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.

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.

5 Must dos

  1. Ride the Otago Central Rail Trail
  2. Visit a winery or two
  3. Try curling at Naseby
  4. Search for gold at the Clutha Gold Trail
  5. Fish the Clutha River

www.centralotagonz.com for more tourist information.

 

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