Do you want to be an au pair in New Zealand? Read on for more information and many useful tips for your au pair stay in New Zealand.


New Zealand as an Au Pair Destination

neuseeland aupairIs it your dream to go to New Zealand?


Recently, New Zealand has become a popular destination for many young people who want to see the amazing nature and experience the interesting culture of the country.


New Zealand is a green country in the south Pacific that has two main islands (the North Island and the South Island).


As an au pair in New Zealand, you can travel with your host family around Middle Earth and discover many magical places.


Pack your bags, because world famous natural beauties, endless adventures, and a rich cultural life are already waiting for you in New Zealand!


Requirements for an Au Pair in New Zealand

  • age: between 18 and 30 years
  • not married, no children
  • child care experience
  • good health
  • clean criminal record
  • if possible, nonsmoker
  • it's an advantage if you have a driver's license (class B)
  • first aid course can be an advantage
  • intermediate level of English


Au Pair Tasks in New Zealand

Your main au pair task in New Zealand is, obviously, to take care of the host family's children, and also to help with some small chores around the house.


Our advice: Make sure to write down all of your tasks in the au pair contract so there won't be any misunderstandings later on.


Au Pair Working Hours in New Zealand

Even though au pair working hours are not officially regulated in New Zealand, au pairs usually work between 25 and 40 hours a week.


  • Free Time: 1 day off per week (at least once a month it has to be a Sunday)
  • Vacation: 4 weeks per year


Au Pair Salary in New Zealand

Just as the working hours are not regulated, there are also no rules about an au pair's salary in New Zealand. The salary therefore depends on the amount of hours that you work per week. On average, an au pair in New Zealand earns 180 New Zealand Dollars per week. If you are on vacation or sick, you still get paid.


Duration of the Au Pair Stay in New Zealand

Generally, an au pair stay in New Zealand lasts between 6 to 12 months. Most au pairs leave from July to September; this is the time when the competition for au pair positions is especially intense because all the new au pair candidates apply around that time.


Important! Some au pairs that are from non-EU countries can only stay for 3 months with the same family with the Working Holiday Visa. After 3 months, they have to change employers. If you need more information about Working Holiday Visa regulations, contact the New Zealand immigration office.


Health Insurance in New Zealand

Au pairs need full health insurance in New Zealand. The host family usually pays for it.


Our recommendation:

  • take out an international health insurance policy
  • ask your insurance company for more information


Vaccinations for New Zealand

There are no specific requirements for vaccinations for au pairs in New Zealand, but ask your doctor anyway just to be sure. Many au pairs get shots for diphtheria, hepatitis A/B, and tetanus before traveling to New Zealand.


Are you thinking about traveling to New Zealand between December and April? Then you will be there during the rainy season, which also means that there will be a lot of insects. So, make sure you have a good repellent. Obviously, you can also get repellent in New Zealand.


Au Pair Visa for New Zealand

In order to be able to work as an au pair in New Zealand, you need a Working Holiday Visa. For this visa, you have to prove that you have at least 4.200 NZD in your bank account, as well as enough money for a round trip to New Zealand. The only exceptions are au pairs from Australia, who can travel to New Zealand without a visa.


Au Pair Expenses in New Zealand

The au pair has to pay for the travel expenses. Sometimes, if the host family is very happy with the au pair, they help pay for the return trip. Upon entering New Zealand, you have to be able to prove that you have over 4.200 NZD in your bank account.


Driver's License in New Zealand

If you are from a country of the European Union, you don't need an international driver's license for New Zealand. With an EU driver's license, you can drive up to 1 year in New Zealand. If your driver's license wasn't issued in English, it must be translated by a certified translator.


Language Classes in New Zealand

Au pairs in New Zealand must have the opportunity to take language classes. The au pair usually pays for these classes, but the host family can help by finding a language school that is nearby


Information for your Au Pair Stay in New Zealand

Official languages: English, Maori, New Zealand sign language
Capital: Wellington
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
Surface Area: 269,652 km²
Population: 4.445.000
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (1 $ = 100 ¢)
Country Code: +64
Emergency numbers: 111/911/112


Popular Au Pair Cities in New Zealand

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Dunedin
  • Tauranga
  • Palmerston North
  • Nelson
  • Rotorua