HarbourSide Backpackers
HarbourSide Backpackers

Coming to the Tauranga for work?

Looking for a job to fund  your travels? We offer FREE job placements!!

If you're coming to Tauranga for work, Harbourside City Backpackers 

and at our sister hostel 

 Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers

 in Mount Maunganui is the place to be! We have built up a huge database of reliable and honest contractors and contacts over 14 years who will call us first whenever there are jobs available around town.   

Want to know what's going on job wise at the hostel? PLEASE SEE THE "WHAT'S ON PAGE" 

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. The peak months are March until June, which are the picking (outdoor) and packing (indoor) times. From September to April there is limited work in kiwi fruit pruning and flower picking.

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

We are here to help our guest’s; therefore we do not charge a fee for finding you work but you must stay at Harbourside City Backpackers if we find you a job for as long as you will be working on the job. Usually there is a two-week commitment. If you leave the hostel, you will leave the job.

Harbourside City Backpackers can assist you in finding seasonal work not only in the kiwifruit industry but other areas as well. We have close work relationships with honest contractors and we advise you to work only with contractors that we recommend to avoid disappointment.

Kiwi Fruit Picking

Check in with us at Harbourside and we can put you on the picking list and get you in contact with the contractors. It's great if you have your own transport even better if you have spare seats to take other guests with you to the orchards. For picking you are required to commit for the whole season which is approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

Kiwi Fruit Packing

There are many pack-houses in the Bay of Plenty. The packing starts at the end of March/April, however you must fill out an application form before they employ you, so you need to register in February. Come in and see us, we can point you in the right direction and get your application processed. After that you can go traveling for a while and come back when the job starts!



Tauranga is one of New Zealand's top holiday destinations for kiwi's and tourists. This equals to loads of jobs available especially in summer time! We are known in Tauranga as the first place to call if they are looking for casual workers. We are located amongst all the restaurants, shops, cafes and bars so whenever they need an extra hand during the weekend or have part time/full time jobs available, they know who to call! 


We also supply workers for various other seasonal work in the area such as:

  • Factories
  • Construction/Labour companies
  • Help around homes
  • Babysitting
  • Landscaping companies and many more! 

To legally work in New Zealand, you must have: 

  • A valid working permit: (work visa or work and holiday visa) Visitors to New Zealand who do not hold a New Zealand passport or a resident permit need to apply for a work permit. Without the correct visa, you are not able to work in New Zealand. We cannot help you with your visa application. If you require more information about your visa or how to apply for one, please visit the website of New Zealand immigration service.


  • IRD number: To work in New Zealand you need to pay income tax, your IRD number (tax number) is unique to you. Without an IRD number, the employer will deduct income tax at the highest non-declaration tax rate of 45%, so make sure you have your IRD sorted before you start working, it will take up to 10 working days to process so visit the IRD website.


  • Bank account: You will need to set up a bank account in New Zealand so your employers can pay you money into an account. We have multiple banks here in Tauranga where you can easily open up a bank account. All you need is your passport and a letter of resident which we can help you with.



Everything you will need to know about working in New Zealand, top tips, work tips, where to go and essentials through to a job listing site, the BackpackerguideNZ has it all! Check out the BackpackerguideNZ website for great tips, from how to apply for a visa and how to get an extension to the best places to stay and best activities throughout the country!

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