Work and play in Hawke’s Bay

Last Updated 28/10/2020

Apple thinning set to start middle of November, many people needed.

If you are a jobseeker looking for work please come to the office during opening hours.

Currently the Hawke’s Bay Picknz Office is open:

Monday                  12.30pm to 4.30pm

Tuesday                 8am to 12pm

Wednesday          12.30pm to 4.30pm

Thursday              12.30pm to 4.30pm

Friday                    8am to 12pm

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We offer fast track IRD numbers – within 2 working days.

 Our contact details are in the right hand column.

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Picknz is a free referral service provided by the Horticulture and Viticulture industries to source much needed workers for reputable employers.  Picknz refers job seekers to appropriate job vacancies.  Picknz is independent and not linked to accommodation providers.

Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s largest growing region both in quantity but also in range.

Apples, grapes for wine, kiwifruit, peaches, nectarines, apricots are just some of the fruits that are grown in Hawke’s Bay. The region also is a large producer of onions and squash and also has many sheep and beef farms.

More than half of New Zealand’s apples are produced here and 40% of the nation’s summerfruit, or stone fruit. Therefore, seasonal work opportunities are nearly year round.

Hawke’s Bay, on the east coast of the North Island, has a warm temperate climate and is regarded as one of the must visit tourism regions of New Zealand. Tourist attractions include Cape Kidnappers, Te Mata Peak, the many wineries and vineyards throughout the region, rivers for fishing and swimming and hundreds of kilometres of coastline.

Work opportunities now

The best time for work in Hawke’s Bay is mid November until Christmas for Apple Thinning and from mid February until May for Apple Picking.

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

If you are in Hawke’s Bay please come to our office during opening hours to register as a jobseeker – bring your passport and evidence of work visa with you.

Job Demand



Very high


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


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 Hawke’s Bay

The celebrated lifestyle of Hawke's Bay offers a warm and sunny climate, al fresco dining, safe swimming and surf beaches, good fishing, cafes, vineyards and wine tastings, expansive vistas, shopping and outdoor attractions.

Hawke’s Bay has a population of about 160,000, many of which live and work in the twin cities of Hastings and Napier. Other major urban areas are Wairoa, Havelock North, Waipawa and Waipukurau. The city of Napier is home to world-famous examples of art deco architecture, fresh local produce and gourmet food. February boasts the Art Deco Weekend and Harvest Hawke's Bay, just two of many events in the region.

Hastings and Havelock North have an easy blend of shops and cafes, and there are other lovely towns and beaches to explore further south in the hinterland, as well as walks and hunting in the surrounding ranges.

5 Must dos

  1. Drive, walk or bike to the top of Te Mata Peak
  2. Tour some of the many wineries such as Craggy Range, Mission Estate, Elephant Hill, among many others
  3. Do the walking Art Deco Tour in Napier
  4. Visit the gannets at Cape Kidnappers
  5. Explore Lake Waikaremoana

Click here for more tourist information.