Work and play in the Bay of Plenty
The 2021 kiwifruit harvest season is about to begin. It is a very busy in the orchards and packhouses. Training is provided by most employers. Work will began in early March and be available through to June. Get in touch with employers directly through the Employers links below.
Click here for the Orchard Employers List
Click here for the PackHouse Employers List
Keep up to date with what is happening by following “Kiwifruit jobs NZ” on Facebook.
The Little Green and Gold Book
New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc (NZKGI) has published a comprehensive guide to working in the kiwifruit industry the ‘Little Green and Gold Book’. The Little Green and Gold Book is intended for anyone wanting to find work in the industry.
The book shows where seasonal jobs can be found, when workers are needed and the roles involved, as well as providing information about working conditions, accommodation options and transport requirements. There’s also a checklist on how to choose an employer, with a range of useful links to further information and employment and accommodation contacts.
The work planner below provides a general idea of job demand throughout the year. The Bay of Plenty operates its seasonal labour assistance programme through NZ Kiwifruit Growers.
NZKGI Labour Coordinator, Gavin Stagg can be contacted by emailing email@example.com.
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Work and play in Bay of Plenty
The pristine coastal region of Bay of Plenty is blessed with 125 km 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.
The 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.
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.
Click her for an Accommodation Providers List
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 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 or swimming with dolphins.
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 do activities
- Walk to the top of Mt Maunganui (Mauao)
- Swim, people watch and enjoy the golden sands of Mt Maunganui, Waihi and Ohope Beaches
- See Kiwi at Whakatane
- Go big game fishing
- Enjoy the Bay of Plenty hospitality!
Click here for more tourist information.