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Become a Host Family in New Zealand

Hosting an Au Pair in New Zealand is the perfect way to discover a new culture and get reliable, affordable and flexible childcare. In this article, we have gathered all the information you need to know to become a Host Family in New Zealand. Keep reading to find out more!
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***  UPDATE ***
New Zealand's borders are finally open again! You can now take part in the Au Pair program and applicants can start applying for Working Holiday visas on a rolling basis. Click here to find out what the opening date is to apply in your country.  

Can you become a Host Family in New Zealand?

Although there are no official regulations for Host Families, there are some general rules of the Au Pair program. Below are the main Host Family requirements
If you meet the participation criteria above we will be glad to help you be part of this cultural exchange!

Free Registration as Family

To start the process, create a profile on our website. Personalize it with your “Welcome letter”, pictures and a description of your family. Scroll through our recommended Au Pairs to find candidates that meet your search criteria.

Having a profile at is free and will let you send standard messages and add users to your list of  favorites. If you would like to get access to the advanced features of the platform, you can also become a Premium Member. This way, you will be able to send personalized messages to candidates you like. In addition, we will also send you our Au Pair contract and a handbook for the stay.

Also read about the program regulations, insurance for Au Pairs and visa process to travel to New Zealand. If there are any points you can’t find answers to, you can contact us.

Make sure your favorite candidates can be a part of the program as well! Once you’ve exchanged messages and had a video interview, you can make a decision. Afterwards, sign the contract in which you will need to include all the important information about salary, working hours, duties and holidays.

How to hire an Au Pair in New Zealand?

The Au Pair program in New Zealand works through a Working Holiday Visa. This permit allows citizens from certain countries to live and work in New Zealand. However, it sometimes has a limited number of approved applications depending on nationality. Below you can find the requirements applicants need to meet to become an Au Pair in New Zealand:
  • Age between 18 - 30 years
  • Good English Skills
  • Able to provide proof of at least NZ $4,200 in their bank account.
  • Eligible candidate for the Working Holiday visa - only some nationalities are eligible
There are also some other expectations candidates need to fulfill:
  • Unmarried without children of their own
  • Experience in childcare
  • In good health
If your candidate meets all of the requirements, you can continue the process. These are the steps you will need to follow:
Sign the Au Pair contract
Do not forget to sign the agreement along with your Au Pair. Be sure to include important points such as salary, insurance and working hours.
Help the Au Pair with the insurance for New Zealand
Make sure your Au Pair has an insurance for New Zealand that covers accidents and illness for the whole length of their stay. Applicants for the Working Holiday visa might be asked to show proof of insurance at their arrival in New Zealand. Host Families are not obligated to pay for the insurance. However, they can support their Au Pair if they have this possibility.

The Working Holiday visa might last up to one year. Please consider this when planning the stay.

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