Work and Play in Central Otago

Work Opportunities

The summerfruit industry is centered in the Central Otago region with over 200 orchards requiring over 5000 staff at the peak of the harvest season.  Summerfruit refers to all the stone fruits – including cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, and nectarines. Apples and Wine Growing are also present in Central. 

This is also a growing region for New Zealand’s wine industry, so between the many orchards and vineyards, Central Otago offers year-round work opportunities. Central Otago is a tourism stronghold, captivating visitors with a wide range of excellent cellar door facilities and wine-tourism activities. The region is also renowned for producing excellent aromatics, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Visit the Summerfruit NZ for more information on the coming season and helpful information on what to expect from picking and packhouse work this coming season, or visit the PickNZ job board for all job listings.

Please contact for seasonal work information in Central Otago or go to the PickNZ job board to apply for jobs.

 Job demand

The best time for work in Central Otago is December to January for cherry picking or packhouse opportunities with other summerfruit still harvesting in February and March.  This is followed by apple and grape harvesting March till May with apples particularly focused in the Teviot Valley.

The work planner below provides a general idea of job demand throughout the year.

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