The main season normally starts around the middle of March and runs to June. There’s also a secondary season where we pack stored fruit - this starts around mid July and runs till November.

What's the pay like?

The starting rate for all team members is $22.10.


You could work six days a week with 10 hour shifts, or you may choose more flexible options to suit your lifestyle or home situation; talk to our team about what suits you. We have day and night shifts available and we also have weekend only options for anyone who wants weekend work. Because New Zealand’s kind of famous for changeable weather you can expect there will be days with no work (think of them as extra play days!).


We’ve got two sites, one near Te Puke, and one towards Katikati. Which one you choose depends on where you’d like to stay and how far you’re happy to travel to work. Both are close to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui (the main centres) so you’ve got loads of options.

Take a look at your local backpacker options.

If you’re travelling by van, here’s some options.

There are also a range of places to freedom camp if your van’s self contained.

Before applying please ensure you have a current work visa, IRD number, bank account number and identification (Passport or Birth Certificate).

For more info on working in New Zealand visit:


To be in the draw you must work at least during the 2021 packing season. There are 4 phones to be given away - 2 at the Mends Lane Te Puke Packhouse and 2 at the Station Road, Katikati Packhouse. Competition open to seasonal staff only. Specs: iphone 12 64gb, Samsung Galaxy S20 128gb