Becoming an Au Pair in New Zealand

Au Pair New Zealand

Do you want to become an Au Pair in New Zealand? Find important information here about visa requirements, Au Pair duties, pocket money, working hours, etc.

Getting a visa

In order to become an Au Pair in New Zealand you need to apply for a Working Holiday visa.

Answer YES to all these questions and you are eligible to apply for the visa.

Requirements for Working Holiday Visa

Are you 18 to 30 years old?

Are you a citizen of one of: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong (HKSAR), Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay or Vietnam?

Are you without children?

Do you have at least $4,200 (NZ) to live on during your stay?

Do you have a travel ticket out of New Zealand or enough money to pay for a travel ticket out of New Zealand, in addition to your living costs.

Are you not been approved for a visa under a Working Holiday Scheme before?

Citizens from Australia can enter New Zealand without a visa. 

Can't become an Au Pair in New Zealand? Find information on other host countries.


As an Au Pair, your primary responsibility is to look after the host family's children. Alongside childcare, you may be asked to help out with light household chores as part of your duties. Clarify with your host family what your exact duties as an Au Pair will be, and ensure these are well defined in an Au Pair contract.

Pocket money

Pocket money is around $230 NZ per week.

Working hours

Au Pairs in New Zealand work 30-40 hours per week, including babysitting. The law provides that the upper limit of 45 hours per week must not be exceeded.

Room and board

Room and board will be provided for you by your Host Family for free.

Time off

Before you start working for your host family, you should discuss how many days and evenings you will get off and when these will be with each other. 


Au pairs are entitled to four weeks of paid holidays (over a 12-month-period), 5 days of sick leave (after 6 months of employment) and public holidays off. Take these values as a basis for your calculations, should your stay be shorter.

As an Au Pair, you are entitled to a day off during a public holiday. This paid day off is included in your weekly pocket money. Should your host family need you to work on a public holiday, they will need to pay you by a defined rate (1.5x normal wage).

Language course

During your stay as an Au Pair in New Zealand, you should participate in an English course. Normally Au Pairs pay for this themselves. 

Travel expenses

It is expected that you pay for your flights to and from New Zealand. 

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