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.

  • We are the biggest and best value working hostel in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
  • We have accommodation and facilities for 500 people
  • Our average stay with us is 6 months
  • We specialise in finding seasonal work for you in neighbouring packhouses and orchards

Wes Archer

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 hosipitality 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.

Claudia Chong

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

Another favourite 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.