Work and play in Northland

Rich in culture and history and blessed with a pristine natural environment, New Zealand’s first settlements were in Northland. Horticulture and Viticulture have therefore long been an important part of the local economy.

The main crops in this region are kiwifruit, citrus, avocados, wine grapes, and blueberries, with work usually available almost all year round in picking, thinning, pruning, and packing. Northland’s long, narrow shape means there is nowhere further than 50 kilometres from the ocean, delivering a subtropical climate to over 20 wineries and producers.

Where to stay

You will find that 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 Northland

Visit important historical sites and learn about the arrival of the first Maori canoes, and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi – the founding document of the nation signed between European colonisers and the indigenous Maori people.

There is the seaside city of Whangarei, north of which there are no traffic lights or high-rise buildings. The towns of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi surround the gorgeous Bay of Islands – gateways to deep sea fishing and boating.

Native forests abound for wonderful walking, white sand beaches prevail and relaxed northern towns lead the way to the stretching dunes of Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga. This is the northernmost tip of New Zealand where you can witness the extraordinary sight of two seas meet: the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea.

Be sure to allow plenty of time to explore the Northland region. It is a cast area of contrasts; where the people, history, culture and scenic beauty will have you wishing you could stay longer.

5 must do activities

  1. Rest and relax in the Bay of Islands
  2. Look up to the large Kauri Trees at Waipou Forest
  3. See where the Treaty of Waitangi at Waitangi
  4. Drive along 90 Mile Beach
  5. Dive at the Poor Knight Islands for more tourist information.

Contact us

For work in the Kiwifruit sector contact NZ Kiwifruit Growers Inc

For work in other sectors contact Melanie


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