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Host Families - Au Pair in New Zealand

Do you consider becoming a host family in New Zealand? Then you probably have a lot of questions. In the following AuPair.com is giving you the answers to the most important questions about the Au Pair program in New Zealand. 

1. Can we become a Host Family?
2. Au Pair wages and hours
3. Time off and holiday
4. Length of stay
5. Does my Au Pair need a visa?
6. Insurance
7. What should my Au Pair do /  NOT do?

1. Can we become a Host Family?

Make sure you fulfill the requirements to become a Host Family in New Zealand before you start looking for an Au Pair:

  • You have at least one under-age child
  • English is the main language in your family
  • You can provide the Au Pair with a private room
  • You can host an Au Pair for up to 12 months
  • You will be paying the Au Pair between 150 and 200 NZ $ a week
  • You are looking for an Au Pair with a different nationality than your own
Find out what are the requirements to become an Au Pair in New Zealand here.

2. Au Pair wages and hours


Au Pairs in New Zealand are expected to earn between 150 and 200 NZ a week.

The Au Pair will be in charge of bearing the travel expenses unless the family offers to pay for it.
Please do not transfer money to the Au Pair before its arrival! If you want to pay a share of the travel costs, arrange an installment payment with the Au Pair, starting after the Au Pair's arrival.


The working hours of an Au Pair in New Zealand are around 25 and 40 hours / week. 

3. Time off and holiday

The Au Pair will have a day off a week and this should be at least once a month Sunday and will be entitled to a 2 week's paid holiday for a 6-month period.

4. Length of stay

The Au Pair cannot stay longer than 12 months; If the Au Pair wants to stay longer, it only can extend it´s stay with special requirements. 

5. Does my Au Pair need a visa?

Yes, your Au Pair will need a visa. Depending on the country the Au Pairs come from, they will need to apply for a Working Holiday visa but in any case the Au Pair cannot stay longer than 12 months with a Host Family. The visa to become an Au Pair will be valid for a 12-month period so in case Au Pairs decide to stay longer in New Zealand they will need to ask for an extension of the visa.

Here you find more information about the Working Holiday Visa: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/

6. Insurance

Au Pairs should bear the costs for a private health insurance unless they belong to any country whose citizens are entitled to medical health care through an agreement between their home country and New Zealand.

If you are willing to pay for the Au Pair's insurance, the Pro Trip-World offers will offer your Au Pair an economic and trustworthy insurance!

7. What should my Au Pair do/ NOT do?

Au Pairs are supoosed to take care of the children. However, the Au Pair could perform different duties:

  • The Au Pair will take care of the children
  • The Au Pair will prepare some light meals for the kids
  • The Au Pair will drive the children to and from school
  • The Au Pair will do some light hosework
  • The Au Pair will babysit 

Do not forget, there are also some duties the Au Pair is NOT supossed to do:

  • The Au Pair will not have to take care of children other than the family's
  • The Au Pair will not have to clean the rooms that are exclusively for the Host Family's use
  • The Au Pair will not have to take care of pets
  • The Au Pair will not have to cook for the whole family

AuPair.com cannot be held liable for any information, opinion or recommendation expressed in this website, so you are strongly advised to seek legal advice

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