The Cromwell cherry harvest starts around early to mid-December and continues to the end of January. New Zealand Cherry Corp are looking for keen, motivated Orchard workers and Packhouse workers to help us pick and pack our beautiful cherries.
Pickers are paid per hour with a bucket bonus incentive offered, so the more you pick, the more you're paid!
This harvest we are introducing an extra $1 per bucket if you pick over 25 buckets per day!
Bucket bonus incentive is for traditional selective pick only. We increase bucket rates throughout the harvest inline with varieties and weather and strip pick in parts of January. We also have a number of jobs on the orchard that don’t just include picking: supervisor roles, Quality Control, bucket lifting, quad bike driving and many more.
Pickers start at approx. 6am. Cherry picking is 7 days a week, but we try not to pick in wet weather. Luckily the Central Otago sun is still shining through till 9pm so you will still get to the enjoy the summer evenings!
Packhouse work is great for those who prefer the indoors. You’ll be responsible for sorting and packing cherries for the local and export market. Depending on the volume of fruit, packhouse hours are usually 8am - 6pm. The Packhouse temperature is a little cooler than outside, so you’ll need to wear a couple of layers of clothing. The Packhouse is a great team environment with a number of roles available including cool store roles, packing supervisors’ roles and many more.
All staff will receive Statutory days off! Plan to be home for Christmas & Boxing Day with friends and family. You'll also get New Year’s off! There are some great festivals on in the area around Queenstown and Wanaka.
FREE onsite camping/van parking with your fellow pickers and packers! Facilities provided for dish washing, hot showers, flushing toilets, BBQS, hot plates, microwaves. BYO tent/van and utensils. Enjoy the FREE accommodation and stay onsite for the season with FREE WiFi.
The Orchard is the closest cherry orchard to the Cromwell town and is in close walking proximity to the town centre, supermarkets, and service stations.
Cromwell Area Information