Backpacker Jobs Hawke's Bay

Backpacker Jobs in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Hawke's Bay is usually visited because it is the region in which you find Napier and Hastings, the two big cities. While Napier is a charming city famous for its Art Deco style that was used after Napier had been devastated by a huge earthquake, Hastings might not be overly pretty but makes up for it by providing easy access to plenty of wineries and good shopping. Hawke's Bay is known as New Zealand's fruit bowl. You would have to be very unlucky not to find a seasonal job in an apple or stonefruit orchard. There are orchard jobs all year around but a lot more in summer, and especially during the picking season.

Production Workers

JRyan Contracting Ltd Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 23rd June 2022

PRODUCTION WORKERSOur Hastings based client is looking for staff to assist them with their busy wine bottling... Read more

Orchard Construction Superstars!

M J Cave Contracting Ltd Hawkes Bay, Hawke's Bay

Published: 18th May 2022

We are currently looking to employ general laborers for fixed term contracts to start end of July/start of August... Read more

Factory Workers

JRyan Contracting Ltd Whakatu, Hawke's Bay

Published: 10th May 2022

BACK SHIFT STAFFOur client is looking for the following staff to man their backshift in a manufacturing... Read more

Assembly/factory Assistants

JRyan Contracting Ltd Napier, Hawke's Bay

Published: 10th May 2022

Assembly/Factory AssistantsOur Napier based client is looking for staff to assist them with their busy... Read more


Globe Restaurant Napier, Hawke's Bay

Published: 9th May 2022

Globe Restaurant, recently opened 01.02.2022, serves international sharing plates with a drinks list to match. We... Read more

Front Of House Server

Globe Restaurant Napier, Hawke's Bay

Published: 19th April 2022

At GLOBE, we serve an inspiring mix of international cuisine on small plates,Our menu takes our customers on a... Read more

Workers Required

JRyan Contracting Ltd Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 17th March 2022

We have a number of positions available to suit people wanting day and night shifts.There is factory and outside... Read more

Pick Fruit Stunning North Island Mountains 2022

Diana Baird RD7 Taihape, Hawke's Bay

Published: 30th December 2021

Are you our harvest hero? Want to try somewhere different?Come experience NZ country living - fresh mountain air,... Read more

Front Of House Wait Staff

Peak House Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 10th June 2021

Peak House is an exciting upcoming eatery, accomodation and venue at the top of Te Mata Peak in Havelock North.We... Read more

Process Workers

The Recruitment Company Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 8th March 2021

PROCESS WORKERSOur Hastings client is looking for Graders, Packers, Machine Operators, Forklift Drivers to... Read more

Accomodation For Help

Napierfamily Napier, Hawke's Bay

Published: 14th February 2021

We are offering accommodation and meals in exchange for help with renovations of our old villa. Could be a couple of... Read more

Irrigation Installer

Thinkwater Hawke’s Bay Napier, Hawke's Bay

Published: 7th August 2020

Irrigation Installer.Plumbing, drain laying or irrigation experience preferred, but not essential. 5-6 days per... Read more

Farm Helper

Waitomo Hills Farm Hatuma, Hawke's Bay

Published: 29th July 2020

Looking for some help in exchange for food and accommodation this spring on a sheep and beef farm in Central Hawkes... Read more

Furniture Mover And Driver - Two Men And A Truck, Napier


Published: 5th March 2020

Welcome Back Back Packers! We've Missed You!Furniture Mover and Driver - Two Men and a Truck, NapierWe operate... Read more

Food Stall Helper

la creperie hasting, Hawke's Bay

Published: 6th February 2020

Looking for someone reliable, outgoing with good manners and numerical skills.Has to be fluent in English.... Read more

Retail & Customer Service

Night n Day @ Gull Taradale Marewa, Hawke's Bay

Published: 24th January 2020

We are looking for a mature, Happy Frontline Staff who enjoys looking after Customers.We operate a busy GAS... Read more

Peak House - Barista Position

Peak House Havelock North, Hawke's Bay

Published: 17th November 2019

Peak House - Te Mata Peak, Havelock NorthFull time or Part time Barista positionWednesday - Sunday 7/8am -... Read more


Elephant Hill Restaurant & Winery Te Awanga Hawke's Bay, Hawke's Bay

Published: 8th November 2019

Elephant Hill is a 2 hat restaurant located in the beautiful Te Awanga region of Hawke's Bay. We are a multi award... Read more

Two Aupairs Wanted In Hawkes Bay

Rockmybaby Total childcare solutions Porangahau, Hawke's Bay

Published: 5th December 2018

$230/wk plus fully self contained cottageDuties: Two neighboring families who each need an Au Pair. Two Au... Read more

Farm Sit

Dannevirke Dannevirke, Hawke's Bay

Published: 28th November 2018

Mature couple required to house sit/farm sit home during the Christmas period. 18/12/18 - 29/12/18Own transport... Read more

Orchard Worker

Vineco Hawkes Bay, Hawke's Bay

Published: 17th October 2018

Various orchard work available at different locations around Hawkes Bay Read more

Paving Labourers

CANDO LTD Labour Hire Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 5th October 2018

CAN DO LTD is currently looking for a ‘Semi Skilled Labourers’ to join our client’s highly skilled & trusted... Read more

Seasonal Work In Hastings 2018

CANDO LTD Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 16th September 2018

We are looking for few people for some farm and orchard work near Hastings. Jobs are paid hourly $17.82/Hr. Must... Read more

Dish Washer/kitchen Hand

Little black bird Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 3rd September 2018

Dish washer and kitchen hand needed for the next few months. Around 30hours per week. No evening work all daytime.... Read more

Sous Chef/chef De Partie

Art Deco Masonic Napier, Hawke's Bay

Published: 29th August 2018

Sous Chef & Chef de PartieArt Deco Masonic Hotel - Napier - Hawkes BayDo you want to work at an iconic... Read more

Wait Staff & Bartenders

Art Deco Masonic Napier, Hawke's Bay

Published: 29th August 2018

Server/BartenderThe Emporium Bar & Eatery and The Rose Irish Pub are located right in the heart of Napier, and... Read more


Miss Browns Ahuriri, Hawke's Bay

Published: 27th August 2018

Our breakfast and lunch cafe is looking for a part time casual chef to join our small friendly team. Applicants must... Read more

General Vineyard Work

Workstay HB Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 15th July 2018

Vineyard and maintenance work available. Immediate start. Own vehicle is an advantage for these positions.Job... Read more

Labourers For Vineyard Development Work - Planting, Posting

CANDO LTD Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Published: 3rd July 2018

CAND DO LIMITEDWe are looking for 10-12 staff to work on vineyard in the Hastings area. Payment is hourly: $16.50 +... Read more

Home Help In Exchange For Full Board

Farming Family Patoka, Hawke's Bay

Published: 28th May 2018

Hi we are a busy family of 4 who live in a lovely rural part of Hawkes Bay.We are looking for someone to come and... Read more

Backpacker Jobs in Hawke's Bay, NZ

Looking at a map of New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll see a chunk of the eastern edge missing. This 100km bite is Hawke’s Bay, a semi-circular piece of coast that is surrounded by the green hills of its namesake region. On these hills you’ll find row upon row of fruit, whether in orchard or vineyard form; Hawke’s Bay has a reputation as the food bowl of New Zealand, as well as its leading region for full-bodied red wines.

Jobs in Hawke's Bay
Jobs in Hawke's Bay

But is Hawke's Bay a must-see destination for a backpacker in New Zealand? And what does the area offer working holiday visa holders?

Let’s take a look.

Where is Hawke's Bay, and how do I get there?

Hawke’s Bay is on the east coast of New Zealand, halfway up the North Island. It’s a five hour drive southeast of Auckland, and a four hour drive northeast from Wellington, and semi-regular flights can be caught from most major New Zealand cities to the region.

What is Hawke's Bay famous for?

Lacking the spectacular mountains of Otago, the geothermal landscapes of neighbouring Waikato and Bay of Plenty, or even a large city, Hawke’s Bay doesn’t sit atop many sightseeing lists. But while it may not be well known amongst tourists, Hawke’s Bay is certainly well known within New Zealand.

Recognised as the nation’s food bowl, its fertile soils, kind climate and open spaces have turned Hawke’s Bay into a produce powerhouse. Orchards and vineyards cover a good percentage of the region’s hills, and the fine wine has led to a profusion of fine dining experiences popping up, making Hawke’s Bay a haven for foodies.

The other major drawcard is the region’s capital of Napier. While far from a large city - just 60,000 people call it home - it is famous as an art deco hotspot. Rebuilt in the 1930s after a devastating earthquake, it now boasts one of the highest concentrations of art deco architecture in the world.

What are Hawke's Bay's must see attractions?

Marine Parade: The Pacific Ocean on one side, the art deco beauty of Napier on the other, Marine Parade is a joy to wander down on a sunny day. Be sure to pack the camera!

Te Mata Peak: Hands down the best view in Hawke’s Bay, if you manage to scale the 399m of Te Mata (don’t worry, there’s also a road), you’ll be treated to the sight of Hawke’s Bay sprawling out in front of you.

Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market: There’s no better place to find New Zealand’s freshest produce than the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market, held every Sunday in Hastings.

Hawke’s Bay Wine Region: Centred around Hastings, there’s no bad choice amongst the local wineries, so why not find a designated driver and try them all?

Where should I stay in Hawke's Bay?

For a discount dorm bed: Found in a historic piece of art deco glory, Criterion Art Deco Backpackers is a cheap and cheerful option with both dorm and private rooms.

For something slightly fancier: A slightly more upmarket Napier hostel option, in an art deco building complete with a beautiful terrace, Toad Hall is a perfect combination of comfort and cost-effectiveness.

To treat yourself (at a sensible rate): Want to match the fine food and wine with fine accommodation? There’s no better place than MnM’s BnB in Napier.

Is there work for backpackers in Hawke's Bay?

The short answer: yes.

Thanks mainly to the thriving horticulture industry, Hawke’s Bay is becoming a mecca for working holidaymakers looking to earn a bit of money in temporary, casual employment. Along with wine grapes, apples, pears, stone fruit and vegetables are big here. This variety of produce means that while the picking season might peak in summer, work is on offer almost all year round.

Picking aside, work can also be found in the local tourism and hospitality industries, which feed off the region’s growing reputation as a wine capital.

So, is Hawke's Bay worth a visit as a working holidaymaker? With its wealth of backpacker-driven work, it most certainly is! And by dropping in, you’ll get to enjoy an underrated region that many other tourists skim over. It’s a chance to take a deep dive into the ‘real’ New Zealand - not the one on the postcards, but the one that locals live and breathe every day.

And if you can earn a bit of cash while enjoying this authentic experience, all the better.