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Cherry picking in Cromwell - the best working holiday you'll ever have!

The Cromwell cherry harvest starts in early December and continues to the end of January. 45 South Cherries are looking for keen, motivated orchard workers to help us pick and pack our famous cherries for happy customers all across the globe.

Cherry Picking

If you love outdoor work, sign up for cherry picking and soak up the sunshine!

Pickers are paid per hour with a production bonus incentive offered, so the more you pick, the more you're paid! Pickers start at approx 6am and work through until 2.30pm. Fortunately during summer hours, the Cromwell sun shines through until around 10pm, meaning you’ll get to enjoy beautiful Central Otago afternoons. Cherry picking is 7 days a week, but we don’t pick in wet weather.

Cherry picking suits those with a good level of fitness, a great attitude and those looking for rewarding outdoor work.

Packhouse Staff

Do you have excellent attention to detail? Join our packhouse team!

Packhouse work is great for those who prefer the indoors. You’ll be responsible for sorting, assembling and packing cherry boxes for the local and export market. Depending on the volume of fruit, packhouse hours are usually 7am - 6pm. The packhouse temperature is a little cooler than outside, so you’ll need to sport a couple of layers of clothing. The Packhouse is a great team environment!

Fortunately during summer hours, the Cromwell sun shines through until around 10pm, meaning you’ll get to enjoy beautiful Central Otago evenings.

Take Stat days off to enjoy the fruits of Central Otago.

All staff will receive Statutory days off! Plan to be home for Christmas & Boxing Day with friends and whānau.

You'll also get New Years Day off! Mix and mingle in the great New Year festivities around Queenstown and Wanaka.

Applications begin for the 2021 / 2022 season September

If you’re interested in being part of our team for this coming season, apply now.

Accommodation Options

Choose from a range of accommodation options! When applying, select your desired accommodation and we’ll be in touch.

Mad Campers

Hire a Mad Camper to enjoy the ultimate working holiday! Park up in your self contained camper in the cherry orchard and get full use of cooking, shower and toilet facilities on-site. Pickers are finished at 3pm each day, allowing you to make the most of Central Otago’s sunshine hours through until 10pm. Think lakeside swims, BBQ’s and visiting friends around Central!

Many pickers are teaming up with a partner and planning a summer tour, before and after the picking season, to enjoy a fantastic summer. Also, if you pick the highest number of cherry buckets during the harvest, your Mad Camper rental will be FREE (for the 8 week rental period during harvest).

The Cabins

4 person cabins located onsite. A cool little community, all you’ll need is a duvet! Cooking facilities and utensils provided, showers/toilets.

$100 per person, per week (4 person cabins)

Camp Cherry

Onsite camping/van parking with your fellow pickers and packers! Facilities provided for dish washing, showers, bathrooms. BYO tent/van, stove tops & utensils. Enjoy the no-frills, low cost accommodation approach and stay onsite for the season.

$40 per person, per week

Mad Campers

MAD1 (1 person camper) - $175 per week

That’s only $25 per day, the best deal on a 1 person self contained campervan in NZ! Read more about the MAD1 camper here

MAD2 (2 person camper) - $150 per person, per week

That’s only $21.50 each per day, the best deal on a 2 person self contained campervan in NZ! Read more about the MAD2 camper here

The Chalets

Backpacker style local accommodation located in Cromwell. Cooking facilities. No frills, no worries! Bond of $160 (returned at end of season if all OK).

Free transport to and from work in our cherry vans.

$140 per week, per person (shared, up to 6 people)

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Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals must have a valid working holiday visa or work permit, a New Zealand tax number, and a local bank account.

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Other Employment Enquiries
If you wish to extend your stay in Central Otago, visit Seasonal Solutions for more employment opportunities

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