Work and play in Marlborough
Marlborough is New Zealand’s major wine growing region. Jobs in the wine industry are available almost all year round in the form of harvesting, maintaining and pruning vines.
Some of the world’s best white wines come from here, with Marlborough’s sauvignon blanc in particular enjoying a stellar international reputation.
Work Opportunities now
During May – September there is work pruning, stripping and wrapping the vines, and development work.
During October – February there is development work, shoot thinning, bud rubbing, wire lifting, fruit dropping, skirting and netting work available.
During March – April there is work available removing nets and harvest of grapes.
If you are in Marlborough and wish to register for work please text and arrange an appointment. You will need to bring your passport and evidence of work visa with you. The contact details are at the right of this page. The work planner below provides a general idea of job demand throughout the year.
WHERE TO STAY
The region has backpacker facilities and campgrounds with cabins to stay in, or with your campervan.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START
You are required to have a tax number prior to employment. These can be applied for through the office. It can take 3 to 4 working days to process. The charge is $20.
You will need to have a bank account before applying for a tax number.
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 Marlborough
Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest regions and a naturally beautiful area. You can explore the magnificent Marlborough Sounds by water, or walk the Queen Charlotte Track along its coastline.
The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival during the New Zealand summer showcases the region’s iconic and award-winning wines, along with delicious local cuisine and entertainment from some of New Zealand’s leading performers.
5 Must dos
- Enjoy the great produce and food of Marlborough such as salmon, mussels, cheese, wine, honey, seasonal fruit and wild game
- Visit one of the 34 Marlborough cellar doors either by car or bike
- Enjoy the many walking or mountain bike tracks close by such as the Wither Hills, Pelorus and others
- Explore the magnificent Marlborough Sounds and walk the Queen Charlotte Track
- Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
www.marlboroughnz.com for more tourist information.
Harvest is complete in Marlborough.
The next intake for employment is the pruning season which will begin mid May until the end of September. This includes pruning, wrapping and stripping the vines. Registration is required.