Becoming an au pair in New Zealand
There are no official regulations concerning au pairs in New Zealand, however the information below is the generally accepted guidelines.
Am I eligible to be an au pair in New Zealand?
You are eligible to be an au pair in New Zealand if:
- you are aged between 18 and 30
- you are single and without children
- you have a good knowledge of English
- you hold a return ticket (or can prove you have sufficient funds to purchase one)
- you are willing to work in New Zealand for a minimum of 6 months
- you have a clean criminal background
- you hold a medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance
- you can prove to have immediate access to at least 4.200 NZD (amount can vary according to country of citizenship)
- you have never been approved a visa under a working holiday scheme before
- if you are already in New Zealand, you must hold a valid temporary visa
Board and Lodging
There is no official regulation concerning the amount of hours an au pair should work, but they usually are between 30 and 40 hours per week, babysitting included.
Length of stay
If your host family requires you to drive in New Zealand, they must provide you with a car, pay for your car insurance, ensure that the car is well maintained and provide fuel or give you money to pay for fuel for the car. Holders of a driving licence issued by an EU member state can drive in New Zealand for a maximum of 12 months. After 12 months, you will be required to get a New Zealand driver licence. For more information about driving in New Zealand when holding a foreign licence visit the New Zealand Government website.
Au pairs who want to do their placement in New Zealand can apply for a Working Holiday visa.
Working Holiday visa
Citizens from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, Uruguay, Vietnam can apply for this visa programme as far as they are willing to work for the same host family for maximum 6 months.
Citizens from Malaysia or Singapore can stay only up to 6 months, whereas citizens from Canada or UK can stay for up to 23 months.
To apply for a Working Holiday visa, you need:
- A passport valid for at least another 3 months after your planned departure from New Zealand.
- Be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old (some countries 35)
- Hold a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
- Have a minimum of 4.200 NZD available funds*
- Not have been approved a visa under a working holiday scheme before
- You might be required to prove your level of proficiency in English according to your country of origin
- You might have to submit a General Medical Certificate and/or a Chest X-ray Certificate
All applications must be submitted online, except for those who are already in New Zealand or are on a 12-month Canada or UK Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) work visa.
During your stay you must not take up permanent employment and you can enrol in one or more courses of training/study of up to 6 months duration in total.
Please note that the number of places available annually under this scheme varies according to your country of origin.
For more information about the Working Holiday visa, we invite you to check the New Zealand Immigration website.
*4.200 NZD is the minimum funds required for citizens from most of the countries listed above, but exceptions apply: according to your country of origin you might be required to have a minimum of 2.250 NZD or 7.000 NZD available funds. For more detailed information about your country we recommend you to check the New Zealand Immigration website.