Work and play in the Bay of Plenty

Work and play in Bay of Plenty

The pristine coastal region of Bay of Plenty is blessed with 125km of white sandy beaches, charming small towns and the larger cities of Tauranga and Whakatane, all providing plenty of outdoor activities, art, culture, scenic attractions, superb shopping and dining.

Bay of Plenty is regarded as one of New Zealand’s favourite holiday destination as well as a fast growing region to live with Tauranga now New Zealand’s fifth largest city behind Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Hamilton.

British explorer Captain Cook noticed abundant food supplies in this region in the 18th century, and called it the Bay of Plenty – a fact that remains true today.

Te Puke is the home of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry. Commercial export of kiwifruit grown in Te Puke began in 1953 when trays of fruit were first shipped to London. Today 90% of our kiwifruit exports are grown here. Other fruit and produce of the region are avocados and a wide range of citrus, all supplying work for 11 months a year on the orchards or inside the pack-houses.

Work Opportunities now

The work planner below provides a general idea of job demand throughout the year.

Bay of Plenty operates its seasonal labour assistance programme through NZ Kiwifruit Growers.

The NZKGI Employment manager Ian Fryer can be contacted by emailing employment@nzkgi.org.nz.  Workers are also encouraged to obtain a Horticulture/Viticulture Industry ID card that verifies your eligibility to work in New Zealand from the Master Contractors Assn street in Te Puke at 73 Jellicoe Street right next to Paper Plus.

We also offer assistance to NZ Citizens, NZ students looking for holiday work and we connect with Work and Income to place clients into work through the Pipeline project.

We are here to help!

Contact us by email.

WHERE TO STAY
Some growers and packing facilities offer worker accommodation. The region also has plenty of backpacker and camping facilities. Alternatively you can do a short term rental house.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START

Before you start work you must sign an employment agreement with the employer.

It is advised that you take a photo of the first page of the the agreement showing the business name and address and ask for a copy of the signed agreement.

Keep your own record of what days you worked and the number of hours you worked each day.

What to see and do in Bay of Plenty

Boasting some of New Zealand’s most stunning beaches, including world-class surf breaks at Ohope and popular Mt Maunganui, the region is paradise for rest and recreation. Get great seafood in the restaurants and bars of Tauranga city, or try for your own with local big game fishing.

There’s also trout fishing, skydiving, white water rafting, jet boating, swimming with dolphins or visiting White Island, New Zealand’s only active marine volcano.

Inland, the geothermal city of Rotorua has been wowing tourists since the 19th century with magnificent mud-pools and geysers. It also offers many opportunities to experience the extraordinary culture of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people.

5 Must dos

  1. Walk to the top of Mt Maunganui (Mauao)
  2. Swim, people watch and enjoy the golden sands of Mt Maunganui, Waihi and Ohope Beaches
  3. Take a cruise to the volcanically active White Island
  4. See Kiwi at Whakatane
  5. Go big game fishing

Click here for more tourist information.

 

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Work Opportunities now

If you are looking for a job immediately see our contacts details on the right of this page. The work planner below provides a general idea of job demand throughout the year.

WHERE TO STAY

The region also has plenty of backpacker and camping facilities. Some growers and packing facilities offer worker accommodation. Alternatively you can do a short term rental house.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START

Before you start work you must sign an employment agreement with the employer. It is advised that you take a photo of the first page of the the agreement showing the business name and address and ask for a copy of the signed agreement.

Keep your own record of what days you worked and the number of hours you worked each day.

What to see and do in Bay of Plenty

Boasting some of New Zealand's most stunning beaches, including world-class surf breaks at Ohope and popular Mt Maunganui, the region is paradise for rest and recreation. Get great seafood in the restaurants and bars of Tauranga city, or try for your own with local big game fishing.

There's also trout fishing, skydiving, white water rafting, jet boating, swimming with dolphins or visiting White Island, New Zealand's only active marine volcano.

Inland, the geothermal city of Rotorua has been wowing tourists since the 19th century with magnificent mud-pools and geysers. It also offers many opportunities to experience the extraordinary culture of New Zealand's indigenous Maori people.

5 Must dos

  1. Walk to the top of Mt Maunganui (Mauao)
  2. Swim, people watch and enjoy the golden sands of Mt Maunganui, Waihi and Ohope Beaches
  3. Take a cruise to the volcanically active White Island
  4. See Kiwi at Whakatane
  5. Go big game fishing

Click here for more tourist information.