Te Puke is a small town on the east coast of New Zealand, south of Tauranga. It’s known as New Zealand’s kiwi fruit capital and the number of inhabitants swells each season during picking time. Often, its backpackers that do this job so if you need to make some fast cash, Te Puke is where to go! The fields around Te Puke are a patchwork of green - kiwifruit fields, avocado orchards, feijoa farms, and dairy farms all compete for space in the western Bay of Plenty.
Intercity buses run between Tauranga and Te Puke; Te Puke is about 30 minutes south of Tauranga, which in turn is about 2 hours from Auckland. New Zealand’s main international airport is in Auckland; to catch an intercity bus you need to take an airport shuttle into the city and change for the bus terminal.
Because Te Puke is home to so many kiwifruit orchards, there plenty of hostel accommodation for backpackers. Some of the hostels - because they are designed for workers - aren’t very well managed, so if you don’t want to work, you might consider a hostel in a nearby town, like Mount Maunganui or Tauranga, and come to Te Puke on a day trip to hike or hang out at the kiwifruit-themed park (complete with a kiwifruit you can climb into - great views of the surrounding farms).
There is great hiking near Te Puke. The forested hills above town hide a rambling network of trails, from the Kaiate Falls to the Papamoa Hills that have remains of Maori pa. If you’re an avid mountain biker, there are excellent biking trails in and around Te Puke, Mount Maunganui, and Tauranga. In the Otanewainuku Forest are some short, under two hour, hikes with access to endangered bird species and native bush. If you have your own car, you can get to some treks that are further afield, like the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. Hikes here range from twenty minutes to upwards of five hours.
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