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Au Pair in New Zealand - information for Host Families

Au Pair New Zealand
Hosting an Au Pair in New Zealand is the perfect way to discover a new culture and get a reliable, affordable and flexible child care option. We have gathered all the information you need to know to become a Host Family in New Zealand.

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 to be a part of this cultural exchange! 

Family free registration

To start the process, you can create a profile on our website. Personalize it with your “Welcome letter”, pictures and descriptions about your family. Check 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 favorites list. If you would like to get access to advanced features of the platform, you can also become a Premium Member. This way, you will be able to send personalized messages to the candidates you like. In addition, we will also send you our Au Pair contract and a handbook for the stay. 
Read also 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 where you need to include all the important information such as 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 the nationality. Below there are the requirements applicants need to meet to become an Au Pair in New Zealand:
  • Age: 18 - 30 years 
  • Good English Skills
  • Able to provide a proof of at least NZ $4,200 in a bank account. 
  • Be a candidate for the Working Holiday visa - only some nationalities are eligible
Besides these, there are also some expectations candidates need to fulfill:
  • Being single and with no children of his/her own
  • Experience in child care
  • Being medically fit for the program
If your candidate meets all 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 the 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 during the whole stay. Applicants for the Working Holiday visa might be asked to show 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. 

Au Pair in New Zealand: contract and health insurance
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