Seasonal work HB

Seasonal Work in the Hawkes Bay

Looking for work in other areas? We here at Bell Lodge Motel & Backpackers are working towards establishing links to other seasonal work available around the country.

Seasonal Work in Hastings

Mr Apples Seasonal Jobs Available


In Spring (November and December) season there is ‘thinning’ work, involving removing some of the small developing apples by hand to allow those that are left behind to grow larger for harvest. The job is physical (but not too tough) and outdoors. It is not difficult to learn and Mr Apple provides full training. No experience required, only a good attitude and average fitness.


Late Summer/Autumn (March, April and May) the picking season for apples. It is the busiest and most important period of the year and your best opportunity to earn good money! Picking involves selecting the ripe apples, picking them in to a ‘bucket’ and transferring them to a wooden bin for transport off the orchard to our grading and packing facilities. It is a physical job but easy to learn… again Mr Apple will provide full training.


There are also other opportunities during harvest season for work in the packhouses, grading and packaging the fruit for export. This is indoors work that is paid by the hour and Mr Apple again provide on the job training

If you are a backpacker travelling around New Zealand and wanting to earn some extra money you will need to have a work permit, Inland Revenue Dept number and a New Zealand bank account. Work Permits can be arranged in most instances via the NZ Immigration website To find out more about getting an IRD number go This can take up to 10 working days to be processed, but generally 5 working days after the application has been received by IRD you can ring and ask for your IRD number. We can help you in sorting out or obtaining the right documents for your IRD Number. Bank accounts can be opened at any bank, the closest to Bell Lodge is Kiwibank and National Bank. You will need proof of where you are currently living to open the account again we can help with this too.


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