Te Puke

There are approximately 36 permanent staff based at the Te Puke Research Centre, with the number of casual and seasonal workers growing from five to up to 20 during peak season.

Our site and facilities

The Te Puke Research Centre is set in a lovely rural 140 acre Kiwifruit orchard.  There is a nice lunchroom looking out to a grassed courtyard where volleyball is often played at lunchtimes.  There are staff social events held throughout the year, including a great Christmas Party.

There are some beautiful beaches within a reasonable distance of Te Puke Research Centre, including Papamoa which is a 20 minute drive, and Mount Maunganui (The Mount) which is a 30 minute drive.  Most of the staff at the site live at either The Mount or at Papamoa and some in Te Puke.  The closest city is Tauranga which is about 30 minute drive and Rotorua, famed for its hotpools and geysers, is only a 40 minute drive.


The Te Puke site is situated approximately 30-40 minutes drive from the Tauranga airport.

The area

Te Puke has styled itself as “The Kiwifruit Capital of the World” and has a population of approximately 7,000 people.  The township is located on State Highway 2 and is a few minutes’ drive from the Research Centre.  The area is renowned for its orchards of citrus fruit, avocados and particularly Kiwifruit, a major export crop.  Te Puke also has a thriving farming sector, based on dairy, cattle, deer and sheep.  Te Puke has two supermarkets and the main street is a busy retail area with specialist shops. 

The region

The Bay of Plenty region, where Te Puke is situated, is located along the Pacific Coast Highway, with many lovely beaches and beautiful landscape.  The region has one of the sunniest climates in New Zealand. 

Tauranga is the main city of the coastal Bay of Plenty region and has a population of approximately 121,500.  It is one of the fastest growing cities in New Zealand.  Located on a large harbour Tauranga’s port is New Zealand’s largest by gross export tonnage, surpassing the port in Auckland.

Further information

For more information on Te Puke area please visit: www.tepuke.co.nz
For more information on the Bay of Plenty area in general please visit: www.bayofplentynz.com   

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