Working in the Kiwifruit Industry in Bay of Plenty

If you're a traveller with an appetite for adventure and a desire to work amidst nature's bounty, then the Kiwifruit industry beckons. Here are the secrets to a fulfilling experience picking and packing kiwifruit in the stunning Bay of Plenty. Come and be part of the Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers family - stay, work, and play!

Harvest Season Magic

The kiwifruit season spans from March to June, with the peak harvest period unfolding in April and May. During this time, orchards across the Bay of Plenty buzz with activity as travellers from around the globe converge to partake in the annual harvest.

Securing Employment

Embarking on your kiwifruit adventure is easier than you think: Online Platforms: Explore backpacker job boards like BackpackerGuide.NZ and PickNZ Jobs for heaps of seasonal opportunities. Local Networks: Tap into the local grapevine by checking hostel bulletin boards or networking with fellow travellers for insider tips on available positions. Direct Inquiries: Reach out to orchard owners and packhouses directly to express your interest and inquire about job openings.

Roles Await ​​​​​​​

Picking: Embrace the rhythm of nature as you pluck ripe kiwifruit from the vines. While physically demanding, the rewards of working amidst the orchards' lush greenery are unparalleled. ​​​​​​​Packing: Join the hustle and bustle of packhouses, where teamwork reigns supreme. Sorting, grading, and packaging kiwifruit may be fast-paced, but the camaraderie makes it all worthwhile.

Embracing the Experience

As you embark on your kiwifruit journey, keep these tips in mind: Weather Wisdom: Be prepared for the Bay of Plenty's ever-changing weather by dressing in layers and carrying waterproof gear to ensure comfort rain or shine. Accommodation Options: Book early and book direct! Our Mount Maunganui hostel offers weekly rates ONLY if you book direct. ​​​​​​​Community Connection: Forge bonds with like-minded travellers and friendly locals as you work and explore together, fostering a sense of camaraderie amidst the kiwifruit fields.

Unveiling Bay of Plenty's Treasures

When the workday ends, immerse yourself in the Bay of Plenty's myriad attractions: ​​​​​​​Mount Maunganui: Scale the summit for panoramic views or soak up the sun on its pristine beaches. ​​​​​​​Rotorua's Wonders: Explore the geothermal marvels and Maori culture of Rotorua, just a stone's throw away. ​​​​​​​Lake Taupo: Indulge in water sports or unwind by the tranquil shores of New Zealand's largest lake.

Your Kiwifruit Adventure Awaits!

Prepare to fall in love with the charm of the Bay of Plenty as you embark on a journey filled with hard work, camaraderie, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you're drawn by the allure of nature, seeking new connections, or simply craving adventure, or wanting to earn some hard cold cash, the kiwifruit industry in the Bay of Plenty promises an enriching chapter in your travel tale. So, pack your bags, book your bed at our Mount Maunganui hostel accommodation, don your sun hat, and get ready to harvest memories amidst the kiwifruit fields of Bay of Plenty!

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