Our climate, diverse seasons, wide open spaces, slower pace of life and down to earth attitude attract people from far and wide to visit, live and do business here.
Central Otago offers a unique blend of commerce and lifestyle to value-added industries. Farming, horticulture and viticulture are our main economic drivers and industries related to construction, hydroelectricity, real estate and light manufacturing are well on the rise. With the continued roll out of ultra-fast broadband, barriers to establishing any type of business are decreasing. These improvements have increased our economy’s ability to diversify.
Central Otago has an excellent network of roads and easy access to airports in Queenstown and Dunedin. These connections enable businesses to service national and international clients while opting for the Central Otago lifestyle.
If you’re looking to live and work in Central Otago, either long term or seasonally, the following links will connect you with opportunities.
Finding work in Central Otago
Seasonal Work in Central Otago
If you’re looking for healthy outdoor work surrounded by million dollar views, year-round seasonal work is available on the many orchards and vineyards with a specialist agency available to arrange your employment needs.
Pick NZ - Seasonal Work Opportunities
Tracey Mansfield - Seasonal Labour Coordinator
Ph: 021 942 165 firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasonal Solutions, 1 Deel Street, Alexandra 9320. Ph 03 440 2028
Chelsea Donnelly - Horticulture Careers Progression Manager
Chelsea.Donnelly@hortnz.co.nz 027 478 0068
Remote working is a trend growing internationally and will continue to do so, and within Central Otago is no exception. The region offers a fantastic lifestyle choice with the ease of connecting to other New Zealand centres via Dunedin or Queenstown airports for client meetings.
We have an active interest in encouraging remote working in Central Otago which begun in 2019 with the commissioning a survey and report about Remote Workers in Central Otago offerings an understanding of the needs of remote workers in our community.
Central Otago Job Vacancies
There are several online sites and apps that highlight current employment opportunities in Central Otago
- The Central App (download from your preferred App Store)
- Otago Daily Times
- Trade Me Jobs
- Seek Jobs in Central Otago
- Work the Seasons - Seasonal Work in Central Otago
71 Melmore Terrace
Wisharts Blacksmith & Motor Garage Building
Cromwell Heritage Precinct
Mobile: +64 27 241 6619
Work & Income
57 Tarbert Street
Employer Line 0800 778 008
Southern Horticulture Careers Progression Manager
Phone: 027 478 0068
Schools & Education
Central Otago has several education providers from early childhood through to vocational and community education. Boarding options are available at some of the secondary schools along with options for international students to study. Vocational training is provided through the Otago Polytechnics Central Campus in Cromwell.
Internet connectivity in Central Otago
Did you know… Alexandra was chosen by Spark as one of the first locations in New Zealand to experience 5G in 2019?
Internet is very much part of our daily lives, and as we do more over it, connection quality has become increasingly important. Fibre has been installed in a number of Central Otago townships and is scheduled to be installed in the remaining townships by the end of 2022.
While the provision of fibre is focused on urban areas, there are a number of Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) in Central Otago that can provide a quality internet service without requiring your house or business to be physically connected to fibre.
Broadbandmapnz provides a free independent service where all internet providers can list their coverage areas and internet connectivity available at your address.
Nick Lanham is the Central Otago District Council's Economic Development Manager, and he is happy to provide advice on local conditions and connect you with relevant individuals.