Au Pair in New Zealand

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The French term au pair means on par or equal. GeoVisions Au Pairs travel to New Zealand to experience Kiwi life while living with a family in New Zealand and caring for their children in exchange for room, board and a monthly salary.  Being an Au Pair in New Zealand is one of the best international jobs there is.

This is a great program if you want to travel and earn money at the same time!  Add to that great combo a loving host family where you will have all of your meals, a private bedroom and all the support you need.

Some of our au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime.  We know some au pairs who actually fly back a few years later for a reunion or to attend a milestone event for one of the children they cared for.  You will be able to participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area … a built in social network to make your time abroad a lot more fun, exciting and rewarding.

Becoming an au pair in New Zealand is a serious position … and while you do get paid to travel … your main responsibilities are the children you care for.  While you might consider yourself patient, fun-loving and perfect for a job like this … think about how responsible you are and your previous experience with children under your care.  If you’re ready … we have incredible families who need you right away, living in amazing locations in New Zealand.


  • Do you enjoy helping children with homework, assisting in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean, preparing snacks and meals for children, and dropping them off or picking them up from school or activities? If the answer is “yes” then this program is definitely for you.

  • Aside from earning money while you travel, our Au Pairs have the opportunity to learn more about children and influence their lives. As an Au Pair you develop more self-confidence and become more independent. Living with a family in their own country gives you an amazing insight into that county’s culture, values and people.

  • Six-months is the minimum length and twelve-months is the maximum.
  • $789 for six months and $839 for 12 months.
  • Weekly wages are as follows:

    30-hours = $160 NZL ($135 US)
    35-hours = $190 NZL ($162 US)
    40-hours = $200 NZL ($171 US)
    45-hours = $220 NZL ($188 US)

    If you complete your agreement, when you depart you will receive approximately $8.50 NZL bonus for each week you were with your family.  So if you complete 24 weeks, you will receive a bonus of $204 NZL ($173 US).

    And remember, your housing and food are covered by your host family.

    Au Pairs receive a 2-3 day orientation included with the placement fee.

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Why Is There A Placement Fee?

Au Pairs in New Zealand Must

  • Be between 20 and 30 with at least a high school diploma. (Please note that males can apply to be an au pair.  The placements will take longer to make.)
  • Have previous childcare/babysitting experience, and a genuine love of children.
  • Be able to commit to at least 6 months as an au pair. A 12 month program is much easier to place! When arriving between October and December, 9 months is the minimum stay.
  • Obtain a working holiday visa.
  • Must have a driver’s license and be prepared to drive in New Zealand. Obtaining an international driver’s license is recommended.  Two driving lessons are provided to help familiarize au pairs with driving in New Zealand.  (Please note that most cars in New Zealand are standard transmission.)
  • Be a non-smoker.

Information on Kiwi Host families

  • Location: throughout New Zealand, most in the Auckland area.
  • Age of Children: Most families have children under the age of five, but children may be up to the age of 13.Typically there are between 2-3 children.
  • Expectations for Au Pair:  An au pair has to be fully reliable when looking after the children. The Au Pair has to take part in the family life and routine.  They should help with meals as a member of the family. Placement with a carefully screened family.

Au Pairs in New Zealand Receive

  • A private room and full board.
  • A stipend of NZ $150 (net) per week for up to 30 hours of babysitting per week.  For Au Pairs working up to 40 hours/week, the stipend is NZ$235 (net) per week will be paid. 45 hours/week receive NZ$290 (net).
  • Au Pairs will have 2 days off per week.
  • With a 6 month placement, au pairs receive 2 weeks of holiday time.  With a 9 month placement, au pairs will receive 3 weeks of holiday time. With a 12 month program, au pairs receive 4 weeks holiday.
  • In-country support.
  • Monthly au pair coffee group and occasional special events.
  • 2-3 day orientation. (Au pairs working with preschool children will stay 3 days. Au pairs working only with school aged children finish orientation after Day 2.)
  • Assistance setting up a NZ bank account.
  • Medical and accident insurance coverage.

Au Pair Responsibilities Include

  • Living with the host family as a member of the family and the desire for a strong cross-cultural relationship.
  • Waking children in the morning and helping them get ready.
  • Preparing meals for the children.
  • Helping the children take care of their belongings and tidy their room.
  • Taking the children to school and other activities such as sports
  • Playing, reading and encouraging the children with their homework as well as maintaining family rules (such as limited TV watching, bedtimes, etc.)
  • Babysitting in the evenings.
  • Washing and organizing the children’s clothing and bedding.
  • Adjusting to the Kiwi culture and customs, while sharing the American culture and language with the host family.
  • Au Pairs are not responsible for housework that does not relate to the children or communal living areas.


  • Year round. Arrivals between October through December must commit to a minimum of 9 months.
  • 30-45 hours/week (au pairs are given a weekly stipend based on the hours per week)

  • Orientation includes accommodation, meals, course materials, CPR and first aid course, driving theory, and more. Au Pairs working with preschool children will stay for 3 days. Au Pairs working with only school aged children will attend 2 days of orientation.)

  • English
  • No language training necessary.

  • 20-30 years of age.

  • Throughout New Zealand (many in the Auckland area).

  • Not Included

  • Not Included. A working holiday visa is required from the New Zealand Government’s website.

  • Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance included.

  • Included, as well as transport to the host family.

  • Not included.
  • You will stay with your host family and have a private bedroom.

  • 3 meals per day are included when you are with your family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.