Work and play in Auckland and Waikato
The lush, rolling hills of Auckland and Waikato are the country’s most diverse range of horticulture and viticulture production, meaning that there is work here almost all year.
Crops like asparagus, strawberries, kiwifruit and berries are common throughout Auckland and Waikato with Pukekohe being the vegetable bowl of New Zealand. The Waikato is also the centre of the nashi pear and blueberry industries. Auckland’s large and diverse wine industry encompasses three sub-regions and is home to some of New Zealand’s biggest wine companies, as well as numerous high-quality boutique vineyards.
Waiheke Island is known as the Island of Wine with its beautiful ocean view hills and valleys covered in vines. It’s home to many world-class winegrowers, cellar doors, and restaurants. With just a 35-minute ferry trip away from Auckland, Waiheke is a world away but not a world apart and has plenty of island life jobs available.
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.
5 must do activities
- Visit Hobbiton, the working set from the Lord of the Rings movies
- Go caving at the Waitomo glowworm caves
- Mountain bike in the world class Rotorua mountainbike park
- Walk one of New Zealand’s Great Walks: the Tongariro circuit
- Surf at Raglan beach, one of the best surf breaks in the country!
www.waikatonz.com for more tourist information.