A Traveller's Guide to Working in the Kiwifruit Industry in the Bay of Plenty

Welcome to the lush and vibrant Bay of Plenty, where the rolling hills meet the glistening sea, and the air is filled with the sweet scent of kiwifruit. If you're a traveller seeking adventure and employment, look no further than the Kiwifruit industry! Picking and packing kiwifruit is not only a great way to earn some cash but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and landscape. In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about working in the Kiwifruit industry in the Bay of Plenty.

Why choose the Bay of Plenty?

Nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, the Bay of Plenty is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, temperate climate, and fertile soils—perfect conditions for growing kiwifruit. With its picturesque landscapes, welcoming communities, and abundance of job opportunities, it's no wonder that many travellers flock to this region.

The Kiwifruit Season

The kiwifruit season typically runs from March to June, with the peak harvest period occurring in April and May. During this time, orchards across the Bay of Plenty are bustling with activity as workers from all over the world come together to pick and pack the iconic fruit.

Finding Work

There are several ways to find employment in the kiwifruit industry:

  1. Online Job Boards: Websites like BackpackerGuide.NZ and PickNZ Jobs regularly post job listings for seasonal work in the Bay of Plenty.

  2. Hostels and Noticeboards: Many hostels in the area have bulletin boards where local job opportunities are posted. It's worth checking with hostel staff or fellow travellers for leads.

  3. Direct Application: Some orchards and pack houses accept direct applications from workers. You can contact orchard owners or managers directly to inquire about job vacancies.

Types of Work

  1. Picking: Picking kiwifruit involves harvesting ripe fruit from the vines. It's a physically demanding job that requires bending, reaching, and lifting, but it's also a great way to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Be ware it is weather depenadant.

  2. Packing: Packing kiwifruit involves sorting, grading, and packaging the fruit for distribution. It's a fast-paced job that often takes place in packhouses, where workers work together as a team to ensure that only the best-quality fruit makes it to market.

What to Expect

Working in the kiwifruit industry can be both challenging and rewarding. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Weather: The Bay of Plenty's weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for rain or shine. Dress in layers and bring waterproof gear to stay comfortable throughout the day.

  • Accommodation: We offer weekly rates for our guests working in the industry. Call our Tauranga hostel accommdation direct for weekly rates. 

  • Community: Working in the kiwifruit industry is a fantastic way to meet people from all walks of life. Embrace the sense of camaraderie and teamwork as you work alongside fellow travellers and locals alike.

Exploring the Bay of Plenty

When you're not busy working, take the time to explore everything the Bay of Plenty has to offer. From pristine beaches and lush forests to charming towns and vibrant markets, there's something here for everyone. Don't miss out on iconic attractions like Mount Maunganui, Rotorua's geothermal wonders, and the tranquil waters of Lake Taupo.


Working in the kiwifruit industry in the Bay of Plenty is an experience like no other. Whether you're seeking adventure, looking to meet new people, or simply wanting to immerse yourself in nature, you'll find it all here. So pack your bags, roll up your sleeves, book your hostel accommodation at Wanderlust NZ and get ready for an unforgettable journey in the heart of kiwifruit country!

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