Work for us

If you’re looking for healthy outdoor work surrounded by million dollar views,  seasonal picking and packing work is available at our orchard. 3 Kings is conveniently located within walking distance of historic Clyde and only a short drive from larger towns such as Alexandra and Cromwell. 


When does the season start?

The bulk of seasonal work in at 3 Kings orchard and pack house is completed between mid December and early February.

What skills do I need?

Some previous experience picking cherrys is recommended but training will be provided on-the-job. Most of all you will need to be enthusiastic and reliable! 

A New Zealand work/holiday Visa that is valid for the entire harvest 15 Dec – 05 February is required.  Additionally, you will need New Zealand bank account number and IRD Number.

Is training provided?

We recognise that staff are a key resource within our organisation. We train all our staff to ensure that they have the necessary skills and knowledge required. Management are available and happy to discuss any concerns or answer queries that you may have.

How much can I earn?

Depending on the roles you are either remunerated on an hourly rate or piece rate (number of buckets, bins or trees).  Rates of pay vary depending on the skills required and the level of productivity.

We do not pay cash and prefer to direct credit pay into a bank account. IRD information can be obtained from Non residence IRD application form is an IR742. We pay fortnightly, with pays being processed every second Monday (in your account on Tuesdays).

What type of jobs are available?

For cherry picking work we pick using lightweight aluminium ladders and a harness holding a 5kg cherry bucket. We tend to bunch pick most variety’s. Paid on contract per bucket and the price will usually vary depending on the variety being picked.

Packhouse work is paid by the hour. During the season we have a variety of roles available in our new, state-of-the-art packing facility:

  • Export sorting, belt sorting fruit for quality
  • Box making and distribution
  • Export sorting, belt sorting fruit for quality
  • Local sorting and boxing, weighing off final product for the market
  • Weigh-station – weighing off and boxing export quality fruit
  • Chiller work – either inwards and outwards goods
  • Red Pearl 360 degrees optical cherry sorter
  • If you have any previous experience in other roles please list this in your application, such as Forklift Licence, tractor driving and inventory control.
Fill out the contact form to apply for a position or contact Christina:

Where can I stay?

There are several options for accommodation available. We provide on-site accommodation, options include onsite camping, motorhome parking and sleeping quarters.  Other options include campgrounds and backpackers in Clyde, Alexandra or Cromwell.

What can I do in the area?

Biking, hiking, walking, talking, boating, fishing, cafes, movies, exploring some of the rich history in the Clyde Valley, we are halfway between Dunedin and Queenstown for nightclubs, shopping or skiing, day trips to some of the quirky towns of Otago. Explore a bit here about Clyde and Alexandra.