Work and Play in Central Otago

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The summer fruit industry is centered on the Central Otago region.  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.

Register on the Seasonal Solutions website to apply for upcoming positions, or visit Work the Seasons for additional listings. Having your own transport and accommodation is required at this busy time of year.


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 usually have accommodation.


Important information 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 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.  Central Otago is also the FUN region of New Zealand with heaps of action adventure!
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

  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
  6. Go mountain biking in Queenstown & Wanaka
  7. Hit the nightlife of Queenstown! for more tourist information.


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