Spend your summer in Central Otago

  • SummerFruit NZ
  • Central Otago, New Zealand
  • 22 Nov, 2021
Casual, Project/ Seasonal Seasonal work

Job Description

Let’s start with a little bit about our region

 Central Otago has long been a popular holiday destination for people seeking relaxation, sunshine and a dry climate.

 This is a corner of New Zealand where you should plan to spend more than just a few days. In fact, for many people repeat visits are a must to take in all that the region offers. This summer is a great time to enjoy some of its highlights – such as getting out on any of the three great ride cycle trails, visiting a local winery, exploring those small towns and places that still tell the rich stories of their past with a modern twist. Look out for the newly launched Central Otago Touring Route – an officially signed route connecting Dunedin and Queenstown via Middlemarch, Ranfurly, Alexandra and Cromwell. Or you may want to be amongst the first people to cycle / walk on the new Lake Dunstan Trail which opened in March 2021.

 Renowned for producing the very best export quality fruit, roadside stalls selling local produce are a welcome feature in Central Otago. Over summer and into autumn, orchards are bursting with fruit. And this year there’s a real need for people who can commit some time to work in Central Otago’s orchards and vineyards.


We would love some mature aged Kiwis to come and join us!

 With international borders remaining closed, Central Otago growers are desperately in need of staff for the seasons harvest. If you do have some spare time, are looking to create some new memories, and earn some “pocket money” along the way while also helping out a community, a Central Otago harvest could be for you.

 The season runs from November through May peaking in January with up to 5,000 jobs needing to be filled. There are not enough local residents or unemployed workers to get the job done.

 If you are keen to consider doing some seasonal work in Central Otago this year – it’s not all climbing ladders, but you do need to have a reasonable level of fitness. There is plenty of variety for both indoor and outdoor roles. These include packhouse quality control and supervision, machinery operators, and of course picking. A number of growers offer camping on site and flexible working conditions so even if you can only work a certain number of hours per day or days per week, or maybe just for a couple of weeks there may well be an opportunity for you.

 For more information on the type of work, the season, frequently asked questions, visit www.centralotagonz.com/seasonal-work.

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 If you know of other people who may be interested in working in Central Otago this summer - please feel free to pass the message on.

 We hope to see you in Central Otago this summer.