To avoid any misunderstanding and to closer describe our place and what the job is about.
Hi, We are Mamaku Blue Blueberry Experience. What this means you can find out in this information sheet.
As a blueberry orchard worker some of the duties you will have are:
Main job is picking. We pick our blueberries by hand to have high quality fruit. Picking by hand it is not physically difficult but you have to be able to learn some important skills and your eye sight needs to be good (you cannot pick if you are colour blind), you have to be able to recognize the red berry from the blue berry. We grow high bush blueberries, but we have some little trees too, make sure you are ok with work on your knees or bending down.
We pick depending on weather conditions (we could pick every day or just once or twice a week as we cannot pick when the berries are wet).
Another very important job is grading. Every week we grade blueberries before they go to the customers. Again, your eyesight needs to be very good to see damaged blueberries to grade successfully and fast.
Other than these jobs you might be asked to work on the picking machine or do general orchard maintenance work ie weeding.
You need to realize that our orchard is based in higher altitude and cooler climate and it might get cold, even in summer months. If possible bring with you warm clothes and a good warm sleeping bag. We can provide heaters and spare blankets if necessary.
Mamaku Blue have built brand new cabins for our seasonal workers so you can rest in your own space in comfort. All facilities, i.e. kitchen, tv room, toilet, shower, are based on site but separate from the cabins. Bring a torch if possible. Cabins have enough space for a maximum of 3 people.
We do charge for rent. The price is contractual.
We are based in the countryside, the closest village with a small shop and TakeAways is about 2 km away. The Rotorua city is about 20 minutes drive. We can manage grocery shopping for you if you write down a list and give it to us before we go to the town, which is usually once a week in our main picking season. If arriving by car please shop enough food for 2 weeks before you come, we have both, fridge and freezer, available for your use.
We offer a blueberry and countryside experience. You can learn and explore typical rural lifestyle at our place, like our old style washing machine. We do have an internet connection and you are welcome to use our wi-fi for free to keep in touch with your friends and family. In our basic social room, you can watch tv or a video from our collection.
It is always good to talk to us about your needs to avoid misunderstanding situations. Communication is a very important part to stay informed, happy and friendly but also to avoid accidents. Please, listen and read all the instructions and make sure you fully understand them. If you do not understand it is always better to ask your supervisor to explain it to you. Everything we do on our orchard/farm has a reason so do not be ashamed to ask WHY.
If you feel this seasonal job and experience is what you have been looking for feel free to fill an application form below and we will get in touch with you. For our updates you can like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.