So we got to Dunedin which is a pretty big city on the South Island which we thought might be a good place to find some work. We spent the first few days finding all of the work agencies and registering with them. They all told us the same story - there is a not a lot of work around and then we did a lot of looking online, calling people and generally keeping ourselves busy for a week and a half. Then when were just about on the verge of giving up and moving on to another city when San called a farmer in Alexandra who said he needed a couple to come and work for a couple of weeks. On the same day we got offered other jobs but we get free accommodation with the farm job so it sounded like the best thing we could do.
Before we left Dunedin we went to some cool bars and then had our first haggis, it was in the form of deep fried haggis in a tapas menu but I still think it counts and was pretty tasty. We did a few free museums and got it into our heads that the one thing missing from our campervan was a folding camping table. After going to 4 shops and 5 second hand shops we have still not found one for under $50, we even went to some shops at recycling centres and haven't found one! But we will keep looking.
We came over to a little place called Alexandra between the East and West coast which is in central Otago the big fruit picking season. When we got to the farm our farmer boss was on the way out and said for us to make ourselves at home in his house - alone which was just a little bit awkward! During the evening San went out to the van to get something and when she closed the boot and turned around there was a giant pig stood there! Scared her a lot and I thought it was funny!
We started work in the orchard the next day, I've been pruning nectarine trees and San has been putting little bags on trees and pruning in the vineyard which is all fun and hard work. Not sure how long we will be here but there is very little work anywhere else and free accommodation is always a bonus. We are staying in the "sleepout" so we have heating and a bit more space than the van so all in all it's going pretty well.