Te Puke Backpackers is a specialised working hostel, one of the best locations to find work in seasonal work in the Kiwifruit Industry, there are other picking like avocado, tamarilo, strawberry, mandarin to name a few. However it is the Kiwifruit Capital of the World so most of the work available is in the Kiwifruit sector.
Of course it is not a requirement to work – we have many people who are just passing through or visiting the area on holiday.
If you are looking for accommodation you can check our rooms and prices here
What is a WORKING HOSTEL?
For those who are unfamiliar with working hostels or ‘backpackers’ as they are also known, we will help explain. Hostels are the main type of budget accommodation in New Zealand and are primarily shared accommodation. In general, you will share a large room with 3-10 people sleeping on bunk beds. Facilities such as bathrooms, kitchens and social areas are also shared so its a great opportunity to meet other travellers. Twin and double rooms are available in some hostels. Like hotels, some hostels part of a chain and so if you pay to join the chain you get to pay a lowered price each night you stay at their hostel. When you stay at a hostel you are usually provided with: some or all of your bedding, somewhere like a locker to store your stuff, use of a fridge for food and friendly staff to help plan your trip and next stop.
Many hostels will help travellers find work, maybe have a jobs board for example, the difference with “working hostels” is the fact they ‘specialise’ in finding people find work. The will have relationships and affiliations with a number of employers and do their very best to actively match workers with employers. These hostels are usually owner operators and generally not located in central city locations. The common thread is that there is an expectation that you continue staying in their hostel until the work is finished, some hostels will expect you to sign and agreement or ask for a bond.