HarbourSide Backpackers
HarbourSide Backpackers

Coming to the Tauranga for work?

Harbourside City Backpackers and their sister Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers in Mount Maunganui have been the Seasonal Labour office in the area for over 14 years. They have built up a huge database of reliable and honest contacts who call them first when needing workers.


The Bay of Plenty is the Kiwifruit capital of the world! Tauranga is situated in the middle of one of New Zealand's major exporting industries with orchards and pack-houses all around the area.

Harbourside City Backpackers can assist you in finding seasonal work in the Kiwifruit Industry. Work is available ALL year, but the PEAK months are March until June, which are the picking and packing times. There is work outdoors in orchards or indoors in the pack-houses, grading sheds and cool-stores. September through to April there is limited work pruning and flower picking in November.

No previous experience is necessary and you will get on-the-job training. The right attitude is the key! You work when the sun is shining as the rainy days become your days off. You will need to be fit, enthusiastic and reliable. Having your own transport is a bonus but we do have an 8 seater car and we help car pool with other guests to share petrol costs.

We do not charge a fee for finding you work but you must stay at Harbourside City Backpackers if we find you a job. There is a minimum 2 week commitment (For picking you are required to commit for the whole season approx 6-8 weeks). If you leave the hostel, you leave the job. We offer weekly rates, and some transport with our own van. We also assist with and encourage car pooling, you will need to share the costs of petrol.

Harbourside City Backpackers
has close working relationships with honest Contractors and we advise you to work only with Contractors that we recommend. 


- working permit, IRD number, be able to commit the whole season (until end of May/June)

- transport preferred (we do have a work van available, but need about another 6 cars who can take 3-4 people)

Kiwifruit Packhouses

There are many Packhouses in the Bay of Plenty. Work will begin at the end of March/April. You must fill out an application form before they will employ you. You need to register in February. Come in and see us then, we can point you in the right direction and get your application processed... go travelling for a while then come back to a job!

Closest ones are:
Huka Packhouse Ph. 575 9812 & Aerocool Packhouse Ph. 575 6218.
DMS Packhouse Te Puna Ph. 552 5916 (15 min drive)
East Pac Packhouse Quarry Rd, Te Puka Ph. 573 9309 (20 min drive)
Apata Packhouse Omokoroa Ph. 552 0624 (20 min drive)

Bars & Cafes
We are known in Tauranga as the first place to call if they are looking for casual workers. You walk out the front door and are amongst all the nightlife. There are plenty of jobs, especially in the summer time! 

We also supply workers to various other seasonal work in the area, such as:
• Fish Factory
• Cheese Factory
• Recycling Plant
• Demolition
Work Permits
Visitors to New Zealand who do not hold a New Zealand passport or a resident permit need to apply for a work permit. Visitors interested in applying for work permits should make enquiries at their New Zealand Embassy or the NZ Immigration Service. (www.immigration.govt.nz)

Everything you will need to know about working in New Zealand! The BackpackerguideNZ has it all - from how to apply for a visa, how to get an extension, where to find work throughout New Zealand, work tips and essentials through to a job listing site.

Inland Revenue Department
You will need to apply for an IRD number (tax number) when you first arrive in New Zealand. You cannot get paid until you have this number. It takes 10 working days to process. (www.ird.govt.nz)

Bank Account
You will need to set up a bank account in New Zealand so your employers can pay you money into an account. The ANZ will easily open up a bank account – all you need is your passport and a letter of letter of resident which we can help with, and point you in the right direction to our local branch.
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