In search of summer fruit thinning & picking jobs for travelers in New Zealand
Searching for fruit picking jobs or any temporary jobs that are suitable for the working holiday traveler is not always easy. We hear of travelers searching for weeks and even months before finding good reliable seasonal work in New Zealand. So how do you find the best jobs?
Summer fruit thinning work starts in October so right now, Te Puke and Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty have a lot of jobs, most hostels in the area are filling up fast. Your best option is to commit and stay in a ‘working hostel’ then you are in the best position to find good reliable work. Why? because ‘working hostels’ usually have good working relationships with a number of good reliable employers.
Employers in horticultural industry over summer, may be individual growers who may need only a couple of workers to help generally around their own family orchard. Alternatively employer may be an owner of a large contracting business who are contracted by large packhouse and growers to manage all the labor on many orchards (fruit farms) in the area so may be able to employ a lot of travelers for much longer periods, perhaps even for several months. This option of finding stable work for longer periods may be a great solution for many working holiday travelers, with the extra benefit of being able to extend visa more readily. You are always welcome to visit our website at www.tepukebackpackers.com for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook
So what is kiwifruit bud thinning and the Summer pruning program? It is relatively easy work but a reasonable level of fitness is required. You can expect to be standing on your feat for about 8 – 10 hour days reaching above your head plucking the excess buds off the plant to allow the other buds to develop into the large desired fruit. As the plant grows the buds will develop into flowers and after pollination the actual fruit will grow.
Some of the summer pruning jobs may require purchasing of own tools. Here you can see what long handed pruners, hand cutters (secateurs) and the employer usually supply the clips and gloves. But you may also have to buy your own clip bag that clips around your waist and big enough to carry your clips, hand cutters and a bottle of disinfectant.
If you are still not really sure what to expect you may find this video helpful