About Us


Established in 2007, Kiwi Corral Working Hostel for Backpackers has been home for 1000’s of backpackers on working holidays over the years.

Hi, we are Wes Archer and Claudia Chong. We have managed Kiwi Corral since 2012, and we live here on-site amongst our guests.

We both have hospitality backgrounds and we have both worked in the kiwifruit industry also. This experience makes us the ideal hosts for running this working hostel because we know what you need for an optimal working holiday in New Zealand.

Every day we get to have a cup of coffee with a couple of hundred happy guests as they get ready for work or an adventure.

What could be a better start to the day than that?

Another favorite aspect of our work here is that everyone here makes great friends from all over the world.

When your working holiday in New Zealand is done, and you are on to your next adventure, your address book will be full of new friends from all over the world for you to catch-up with, stay with, or adventure with.

We simply provide a safe, comfortable, affordable experience for you to start those friendships.

Wes Archer

Claudia Chong

Why Us?


We have accommodation and facilities for 500 people


We are the biggest and best value working hostel in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


We specialise in finding seasonal work for you in neighbouring packhouses and orchards


We are your home away from home. Some people stay with us for 6 months!

Contact Us!

Call US

NZ Free Phone:
0800 453 030

International Phone:
+64 7 573 4530

NZ Mobile:
027 282 7993


26 Young Road
RD 9
Te Puke 3189
New Zealand

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26 Young Road, RD 9, Te Puke 3189, New Zealand

Kiwi Corral: Working Hostel