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 has therefore long been an important part of the local economy.
The main crops in this region are kiwifruit, citrus, avocados and blueberries, with work usually available almost all year round in picking, thinning, pruning and packing.
Work opportunities now
Go to the Work the Seasons website to find and apply for available jobs in the region. The work planner below provides a general idea of job demand throughout the year.
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
- Rest and relax in the Bay of Islands
- Look up to the large Kauri Trees at Waipou Forest
- See where the Treaty of Waitangi at Waitangi
- Drive along 90 Mile Beach
- Dive at the Poor Knight Islands
www.northlandnz.com for more tourist information.