Where Friends Meet – STAY – WORK – PLAY


Welcome friends we have yet to meet

Work and travel stories echo here from around the globe –  stay, work or play right here where friends meet… Te Puke Backpackers, Te Puke, New Zealand.

We, Walter and Tracey, thank you for stopping by we value your visit to our website and encourage suggestions, recommendations and general feedback so please be sure to like us on Facebook and other social media of your choice, leave us a message, comment or better still we would love to hear your story and photos so please complete the contact form on this page and follow us. or you can also email us if you prefer tracey@tepukebackpackers.com

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  • Working Holiday Travellers (from around the globe – stay for seasonal work)
  • International Students (staying for vacation work, studying or for work placement)
  • Younger Business Travellers
  • International Tourists (passing through visiting only)
  • Sporting groups (AIMS Games, Sporting  Competitions and St Johns Competitions)
  • Local workers who otherwise reside in other locations and saving valuable time and money commuting.

How we can Help

Tracey has a long history in helping people and has developed a great reputation over the years originally in health and disability, setting up support groups for families in need and offering respite services. In more recent years and most recently, Tracey has helped thousands of people find work and earn money, by finding 1:1 jobs, networking, Internet marketing and even helping people to set up their own businesses. To find our more about “how we can help” click right here. We are also working on testimonies so you can find out from other people just like you.

Working Hostel

We have been an extremely successful ‘working hostel’ and have helped thousands of travellers find good honest mostly local seasonal work while they stay in our hostel. The obligation and requirement to continue to stay in our hostel, is a foregone conclusion and expected ‘norm’ for most travellers. However the obligation to continue staying in our hostel does not please all travellers – especially those who prefer to stay in home-stay, share houses or in sleeper vans.

As you can see we really like helping people, but we sometimes find the ‘hostel’ too limiting. We also find it really frustrating when there is no appreciation and no sense of loyalty, especially when we help our travelling friends find work really fast. Likewise we find it just as frustrating when on the odd occasion we do not have suitable jobs available for immediate starts. Until now there have been no alternative and no real incentives to advise travellers their best place to locate alternative good work opportunities. This is all about to change so stay in contact with us as we work on this.

New DevelopmentsTravellers membership

Networking… throughout New Zealand & beyond

We are currently working on ways we can better help our work and travel friends to work and travel throughout New Zealand and beyond.  We are also working on offering greater benefits to those who choose to stay in our hostel by way of loyalty programs. While at the same time for those who choose not to stay in our hostel we are working on ways we can still offer help by adopting the principles of networking and affiliate programmes. We have already developed networks of other accommodation providers, and are expanding our networks of employers who look for travellers to fill short term, seasonal and temporary employment needs. Little has been understood about Information and Communication Technologies and the relationship between accommodation, labour, tourism and ITC until recently, you can access this report right here.

Over the coming days, weeks and months we will begin rolling out a new membership system that you will have greater access to according to the type of membership system you choose. This membership system will be available for travellers, accommodation providers and employers. – Exciting times ahead Watch this space.

Internet and Affiliate marketing

One of the more recent changes is the ability to earn money on-line. While this is not really new – it has not really been very well understood and perhaps some what guarded information. Some of you may know someone who makes money on-line but don’t know much about it so follow with interest while I walk you through some ways that may (or may not) work for you there are actually thousands of ways to make money on-line and a lot of SCAMS as well so I will only promote here legit opportunities, that are legal and honest ways you can make money that will work if you put in some effort.

What is affiliate marketing?

Enter the next step in a new direction Affiliate membership

How can I build my own business?

There are a number of ways we can help people build a business, first of all you will need a website – we can help you you have 2 websites for FREE right here. You can sign up right now and get started building your internet business for FREE no catches and not credit card details required.

If you are interested on finding out more about anything that you see on this page them please complete this contact form and ask.

Our History – Where did we come from?

Te Puke Backpackers

Te Puke Backpackers (formally Hairy Berry Backpackers) has grown from humble beginnings originally set up from scratch in 2004 by Tracey shortly after marriage separation and loosing sight in one of her eyes. The intention at that time was to provide a home for her children and work out a means to earn an income as a stay-at-home mum to her 4 children, perhaps by offering respite care services..

Over time the business has grown, from being more of a home-stay / boarding house to what it is today a flourishing backpackers. Primarily a ‘working hostel’ it is not ‘flashy’ it does offer basic clean and convenient accommodation in mostly share dorm rooms to young 18 – 30 year old international travellers.

Original Hairy Berry Team


This is the original Team who helped grow the business, Marama Croker, Bohy Delim, Lingam Thumbusamy and Tracey. The global rescission, followed closely by the deadly PSA disease in 2010, this Bio-security breach that practically decimated  the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand. As a direct result our livelihood, business and lifestyle was at risk of complete failure, this necessitated a restructuring period, sadly the team dispersed. Each team member moved on, and found new direction, and still remain close friends today. It is no secret the period 2010 – 2014 were four years of struggle, we constantly wondered if there was ever going to be a light at the end of the tunnel. – fortunately there is a fantastic and bright future ahead for all of us. The kiwifruit industry along with many other industry’s in the Bay of Plenty region are once again flourishing business is booming.

Our Future

We are working on a number of projects right now and are a bit too busy you could say to be working in the hostel right now so we have recently put it on the market to sell. So if you know anyone interested in purchasing this property and business, it is available to purchase. The area is experiencing huge growth ans we feel there is a great opportunity for an investor to further develop the site. You can find out more information about the property by following our Property Link here.