Work and play in Nelson

With higher than average sunshine hours per annum, Nelson is a valuable horticultural area and popular holiday destination with Kiwis and visitors.

It’s New Zealand’s second-largest apple production region. It also has a rising wine industry, meaning there are jobs to be found on vineyards in the area, as well as in kiwifruit, berry fruit, and vegetable production. Nelson offers similar sunshine hours and geography to Italy’s famous Tuscany wine area and is home to over 30 wineries.

Work Opportunities now

Go to Pick your Path to see how you can find 12-months of seasonal work in Nelson/Tasman.

Where to stay

Some growers and packing facilities offer worker accommodation. The region also has plenty of backpacker and camping facilities. Alternatively, you can do a short term rental house.

Important information 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 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 Nelson

The sun-kissed city of Nelson represents the heart of a region brimming with natural and cultural attractions. The city’s many charms include historic buildings; a thriving cafe culture; gourmet food, top wine and boutique beer; museums and art galleries; and lively markets.

Nelson shines with its great outdoor environment with plenty of hiking, kayaking, cruising and cycling options, great retail stores, yummy seafood, wine and beer matched by great weather.

Further afield you can explore the limestone and marble caves in Kahurangi National Park, and walk or kayak the coastline of the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park with its deserted golden beaches.

Visit the district’s many artists and craftspeople at work in their pottery, glass blowing, and woodcarving studios in the towns that dot Golden Bay. And the long crescent of sand, dunes and wetlands that makes up the renowned bird sanctuary of Farewell Spit can be explored by foot or four-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the strikingly beautiful and mountainous Nelson Lakes National Park offers water sports and cross-country skiing in the winter.

5 must do activities

  1. Explore the Abel Tasman National Park
  2. Go craft hunting around Golden Bay
  3. Water ski at the Nelson Lakes National Park
  4. Sunbathe at Kaiteriteri beach
  5. Go fly fishing in the Motueka River! for more tourist information.

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Check out the New Zealand Seasonal Work Scheme if you need support to take up seasonal hort work.

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