Tauranga is a major centre for kiwifruit-picking, a tough and prickly task that generally requires a commitment of at least three weeks. The picking season is late April to mid-June, but pruning and pollen collection also take place from mid-June to early September and again from the end of October to January. You’re usually paid by the bin or by the kilo, so speed is of the essence. If this doesn’t put you off, you’ll find up-to-date information at the backpacker hostels, which will often help you arrange work.

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