Work and play in Waikato
The lush, rolling hills of Waikato are the home of dairy-farming and the country’s most diverse range of horticulture production, meaning that there is work here almost all year.
Crops like asparagus, strawberries, kiwifruit and apples are common, but the Waikato is also the centre of the nashi pear and blueberry industries.
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.
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.