Work and play in the Wairarapa

The Wairarapa is a little slice of Europe with a distinctly Kiwi flavour: known for its gourmet food, premium wine and heritage buildings, it also has stunning New Zealand native forests, mountains and dramatic beaches.

It’s fitting then that its star horticulture products are traditional European ones: wine and olives. In fact, Martinborough in the Wairarapa is internationally renowned for its pinot noir production. Vineyard owners and orchardists especially need people to work at harvest time in the New Zealand autumn and on into winter for pruning. Wairarapa is a compact yet diverse region, with over 60 boutique wineries offering a range of varieties produced by some of the world’s most acclaimed winemakers and growers.


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 Wairarapa

Wairarapa is a region of spectacular coastlines, wide valleys and small towns. It’s known for its vineyards, gourmet food, walking and cycling trails and a vibrant arts and culture scene.

Wairarapa is also just an hour drive or train ride from Wellington. The region is popular with holidaymakers – but also with young families who are moving to the region to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle.

Wairarapa has five towns : Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, Masterton and Martinborough. Exciting rural events spice up the region’s calendar including country horse races, fairs, fishing competitions, a scarecrow festival and the wildly popular Toast Martinborough Wine and Food Festival held in November every year attracts tens of thousands of people.

5 must do activities

  1. Op shop until you drop in Carterton
  2. Relax at a café or restaurant in Greytown
  3. Explore the Wairarapa Coast at beaches like Palliser Bay and Castlepoint
  4. Visit the wineries of Martinborough
  5. Visit Lake Wairarapa – the third largest lake in the North Island

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