So if you have ever read NZPocketGuide.com’s stories before, you might know that Robin and Laura are challenging themselves to 365 Days: 365 Activities in New Zealand. It’s New Zealand’s BIGGEST gap year! Although we don’t expect anyone to tackle 365 activities as we are doing, hopefully we are showing you that there is enough in Aotearoa New Zealand to have the most fun-filled year of your life! But how do you fund such an awesome year of living and travelling in New Zealand? Getting a job on a working holiday visa along the way is a great way to sustain the good times and save up for some awesome experiences in New Zealand. So far we have shown you jobs from some of New Zealand’s most iconic industries: beekeeping for manuka honey, dairy farming in Taranaki, sheep shearing in Oamaru… Today, we are checking out the kiwifruit industry in Tauranga!
Finding work with a working hostel
Thanks to the team at Pacific Coast Lodge, a working hostel in Mt Maunganui which specialises in finding jobs for backpackers, we have been hooked up with a kiwifruit orchard for some picking work this morning and a kiwifruit packhouse this afternoon.
The Kiwifruit Capital of New Zealand
First things first, we drive to the neighbouring town of Te Puke, New Zealand’s “Kiwifruit Capital”. Indeed, we drive past rows and rows of kiwifruit orchards, in and out of bush-filled valleys until we arrive at our designated kiwifruit orchard. We spot the Pacific Coast Lodge van parked up here meaning our fellow hostel-dwellers are working here somewhere in between a quick-moving operation of bins of kiwifruit being loaded onto a truck.