Seasonal Work available at Webb’s fruit over the summer season

Webb’s Fruit is a traditional family orchard, growing a variety of fruit since 1914.  Situated on the outskirts of Cromwell, a 5 minute walk to the centre of Cromwell.  Fourth generation Simon Webb, his wife Trudi and three children own and operate the business.

The orchard produces apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, apples and pears.  Our produce is sold through our two local Webb’s fruit shops, throughout NZ with an online mail order business and to wholesalers providing supermarkets all over NZ.

Simon and Trudi have a permanent team supporting us on the orchard year-round, topping up with casual labour through spring and summer.

Our seasonal crew is a diverse group ranging from school and university students, Vanuatu RSE labour, retired/semi-retired caravan kiwis traveling NZ and local Central Otago residents. A big proportion of our crew is returnees from previous years, making it a friendly, fun, and encouraging environment to work in.

Jobs Available


Thinning is an outdoor job amongst the fruit trees.  It starts mid-October and runs through until early January.

It involves removing excess fruit off the trees so the remaining fruit can reach optimum size and quality.


Picking starts early/mid December with early apricots and berries.  Picking runs through till late March with the main part of the season being early February until late March with apricots, peaches and nectarines.

Picking involves wearing a picking bucket and climbing a ladder.  A good level of fitness is required but this can build up during the season. 


Webb’s packs their own summerfruit onsite.  The packing shed runs from mid January until late March. 

This work requires grading and packing fruit into crates.  Part of the week requires the shed to pack boxes of fruit to go out to homes all over NZ.  A good level of fitness with a positive attitude would mean you would fit into this position well.

Fruit shop

Webb’s operates 2 fruit shops locally, selling their own fruit.  These operate on the main roads to Wanaka and Queenstown on the outskirts of Cromwell.

This work involves packing fruit, amazing customer service and ensuring great quality fruit is on offer for our local community.

Webb’s Fruit is an iconic fruit shop in Cromwell and well supported by regular customers.

No experience required, training is provided for all jobs.

Hourly rates are dependent on experience and skill level.  All work is paid on an hourly rate.

Hours of work normally range from 30 – 50 hours per week, 4 – 6 days a week (depending on weather).


We have modern accommodation available onsite including cabins, powered sites and camping areas.  There is also access to a kitchen area, washing facilities, WIFI, showers and toilets.

We live in an amazing part of the country and if you think you would fit into our family orchard life, we would love to hear from you.

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