Work and play in Hawke’s Bay

Last update: 20/1/21

If you are in Hawkes Bay looking for horticultural work please can you come in to the office during office opening hours. We now have some vineyard vacancies for people with their own transport. Alternatively you can email us on


Apple orchard employers are now wanting to secure workers for their harvest which will begin in February, mostly starting mid Feb, with many positions available: eg picking, and packhouse.

January office hours are

Monday afternoon        12.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday afternoon  12.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday morning               8am – 12pm

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

To people who live in Hawkes Bay: If you have a room to let, can take a boarder for a season, or let a campervan/tent on your site, please could you let us know. You can email us at or better yet come into the office with details about what you have and we can get people to contact you.

 We can assist SSE holders into work in Hawkes Bay. Please come in to see us. SSE visa holders can now work in Hawkes Bay for any Horticultural employer in picking.

 When you register with us we can contact you when suitable jobs become available. We help you connect to good employers that are well known in our region.

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

 Our contact details are in the right hand column.

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 in 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

Where to stay

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.


Important information 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 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 do activities

  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.