Au Pair in New Zealand
88% Rating
(17 Reviews)

Au Pair in New Zealand

Experience the warmth of New Zealand’s welcome as part of the Au Pair Link family! Create lasting memories as you become one of the family and part of our network of au pairs - the largest in the Southern Hemisphere! Discover our enchanting landscapes and famous hospitality as you experience life in one of the world's most popular travel destinations. As part of our early learning programme you’ll get support from our team of qualified teachers, as well as access to regular playgroups, activities and events. With Au Pair Link it’s all taken care of!

Our programs
  • AU PAIR 123 – Our most popular program, offering you the opportunity to learn professional childcare techniques and helping children under-5 to discover and explore their own unique skills and interests. 6-12 month placements, 30-45 hrs/week
  • AU PAIR WHIZ – Our early childhood program for qualified or highly experienced candidates, providing an opportunity to truly master your skills in a sole charge early childhood position. 6-12 month placements, 30-45 hrs/week (for candidates with an Early Childhood Education degree or diploma + 6 months experience OR one year's full time experience with under 5s)
  • AU PAIR ASSIST – Our short-term placement option for candidates already in New Zealand, allowing you to join a family pretty much immediately and is ideal for enthusiastic working travelers who want a rewarding short-term job before continuing on their travels. 3-4 month placements, 25-45 hrs/week.
Locations
Oceania » New Zealand
Program Tags
Au Pair
Teach Abroad
Length
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
1 Year+
Accommodation
Host Family
Primary Language
English
Age Max
18
Starting Price
$2,000.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
- Return trip flights to New Zealand
- Full travel and medical insurance
- Placement with a fully screened, safe host family in New Zealand
- Around-the-clock, qualified teacher support while you are here
- A 2-3 day orientation course
- Child first aid training and certificate from St John (including CPR) - excludes au pairs on the Au Pair Mate programme
- A completion bonus of up to $1,040 NZD (and a completion certificate!)

Questions & Answers

Hi Matthew, Absolutely male candidates are accepted as au pairs! In terms of visa, as long as you are between the ages of 18 - 30 (assuming you are a US citizen?) then you shouldn't have a problem getting a working holiday visa after you apply. Hope this helps! Mallory
Hi Becky, the reason the cut off age is 30 is due to the working holiday visa laws for New Zealand. You would have to double check on this, but I'm fairly sure that as long as you apply for the working holiday visa before the age of 31 you should be ok to stay for a year.
Hi Juanita. Thanks for thinking of us, we'd love to have you join us and we're always looking for new au pairs to loo after our kiwi kids. We just need you to have a NZ working holiday visa, over 200 hours of documented childcare experience, and a driving license. You can apply via our website, it's really easy!

Program Reviews

  • Housing
    84%
  • Support
    82%
  • Fun
    95%
  • Value
    85%
  • Safety
    89%

Program Reviews (17)

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Josie
Female
21 years old
Auckland
Other

Really worth the money

9/10

At first I thought it was pretty pricey but I'm so glad that I went for it! It is so worth it. It is my first time being away from home and so it is very comforting to have someone always there when you need them. The families are all screened, as well as the au pairs. My family is awesome, just take time to pick one! You each have a family programme manager who you meet with monthly and they give you a bag of themed books and toys for your kids under five. Also just checks that everything is going okay with your family and checks in with your host parents as well. There are also weekly coffee groups you can go to to meet people. And au pair events during each month! Overall it is so worth the money just to have that security that if something did go wrong you have support!

How can this program be improved?

Make the au pair trips more frequent.

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Nora
Female
21 years old
New Zealand
Other

My Year as an Au Pair

8/10

The beginning is always hard. I was in a new family and in a new city. I was alone and I missed my friends. But when the kids come for the first time to cuddle you you know you've done everything right. And even if not everything is perfect they love you and you love them too. :) Beeing an Au Pair is more than just a Job. It's about becoming a member of a second family.

How can this program be improved?

More support in the first few weeks when everything is new and you don't know anyone around. It would be good to have someone that helps a little bit more at the beginning.

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Emelie
Female
22 years old
Manutahi, New Zealand
Other

Best Opportunity Ever

10/10

From day one I knew that I had chosen the right thing to do. I left my safety zone in Sweden to go over 17000km away, to New Zealand.

I was going to take care of three boys, and how was I supposed to manage that? I'm only 19 (20 now). But after a few weeks with these boys I fell in love. They are so caring and they have been giving me everything I wanted. They have made me grow as a person.

How are you supposed to leave such a great family, that has given you everything. They have given me a new way to see life, they have given me a woundeful friendship and a reason to come back here. I can't believe that a year ago I was stuck in my little hometown just dreaming about going overseas and here I am, I'm overseas with an amazing family that has made my time here so worth it.

If anyone ever had a chance to go overseas, I just want to say this -TAKE IT. Because it will change your life forever.

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Franziska
Female
24 years old
Wellington, New Zealand

New People

8/10

Beiing Aupair in New Zealand is one of the best thing you could do in your life. Since I'm here I had met lots of different people and I made lots of new friends. And I also found a second family! It is the best way to travel a new country and to learn something about New Zealands culture.

How can this program be improved?

More located events in diffrent places

Response from Au Pair Link - New Zealand

We're so glad you enjoyed being part of our programme! Thanks so much for the lovely feedback.

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Hannah
Female
24 years old
Hillsborough, Auckland

Best year of my life!

10/10

The decision to become an au pair was the best think I could ever do after school!
You have the possibility to live in a lovely kiwi family and on the other side you can travel around in your free time!

I'm really enjoying my time in NZ and I'm glad that I have got such a nice family and program manager from Au Pair Link.

That's probably the best time of my life and I will never regret my decision!

How can this program be improved?

One thing I would change is about the application.
I think it is kind of unfair, that the au pairs have to write so much about themselves and make a movie...
And some families just wrote 5 sentences and that's all.
It would be nice, If the families had something like a video too.
Because on my opinion it is important to, that the au pair knows in what kind of family she/he will live.

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Samantha
Female
24 years old
Auckland, New Zealand
Loyola Marymount University

Sweet and Difficult, Yet Rewarding Experiences

9/10

I honestly am beyond grateful for the experiences that Aupairlink has provided me with thus far in my journey throughout New Zealand. It was always my plan to travel the country, but having Aupairlink facilitate a big part of this exploration has made the trip and experiences that much easier and more beneficial.
I really enjoy the outings that are organized through au pair link as well as the playgroups. There are a few things that I find to be a bit frustrating at playgroup when it comes to the language barriers, but overall I have had the chance to meet many fellow au pairs through these weekly meet ups. I also think that the coffee groups were an amazing idea as well. I enjoy meeting new people, especially at the beginning, i found it very helpful to have the coffee groups to go to on the nights where I just wanted to get out of the house.
I am also grateful for the contract that is agreed upon in the beginning between the host family and au pair. Although I haven't had any issues whatsoever with my host family that we needed the contract to solve, I have noticed that my friends who are not with aupairlink have suffered from the lack of a contract to fall back on. I am so happy these problems were never ones I had to deal with. Makes me really feel a part of the family when we know the boundaries, rules, and regulations ahead of time in order to meet all expectations from both ends.

How can this program be improved?

I believe playgroup leaders/program managers could do a bit more with making sure the au pairs are getting along and communicating with each other in English. I know it is hard when the majority of people feel most comfortable talking in their native language, but it is quite frustrating for those of us wanting to be involved in the conversation and are unable to because of the language barrier.

Also, I feel as though a way to get more people on board with some of au pair outings, outside of work, would be to make a short list of possible prices/discounts depending on who comes. For instance, if there is a weekend trip to Waitomo planned the post might say.

"If we can get 20 au pairs the price will be:
$150pp
If we can get 40 au pairs the price will be:
$100pp
Make sure to sign up you and your friends in order for all of us to save a bit on an amazing trip!" And maybe include some photos along with it in case people are unfamiliar with what it is.

Other than this, I think aupairlink is a major helper in making New Zealand feel like home to any foreigner.

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Georgia
Female
24 years old
Telford, England
University of Nottingham

Really Great

10/10

I have not had any problems whilst I have been with Au Pair Link but I have a great relationship with both my host family and family manager so I think any problems could be easily sorted. The number of au pairs in my area is great and I made friends quickly and easily. Myself and the boys always look forward to playgroup.

How can this program be improved?

Sometimes I get multiple notifications for one event on the online system. It would also be good if you could reply to emails on your own email address instead of having to log on to the online system.

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Cissy
Female
19 years old
Auckland, New Zealand

Being an Au Pair

9/10

Working with children is not always easy but it is so great that you can mean so much to these little people you take care of and as a bonus you learn a lot about yourself as well.
Being an Au Pair gives you a good opportunity to not only work with children and improve your language skills but it is an amazing way to get to know the culture of another country.
With my kids I go to a playground, park, forest, zoo, museum or playgroups to meet other kids and Au Pairs every day so being an Au Pair is a good way to get out there, see more of the country and meet new people. And the same thing counts for you kids.

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Ellen
Female
19 years old
Bay of Plenty

Getting confident

9/10

Being an Au Pair isn't always easy. You always come to the point where you are exhausted, tired and don't know what to do. Sometimes I can't sleep at night and the baby is grumpy the next day. But it doesn't matter how much the baby screams, I love her and try my very best to make her feel good again. My hostparents are also very important to me. They help me wherever they can and make me feel at home. And even if the day at work wasn't that good one day, there are my friends who make me laugh again. We are a good Au Pair community here in Tauranga and love to spend time together. Playgroup really helped meeting the other girls for the first time and is fun every week.

How can this program be improved?

I wouldn't change a thing (Well, maybe the big amount of money you have to pay when you stop working fir a family), I would like to add one thong. Maybe you could offer some courses, like sport classes, where we as Au Pairs can meet kiwis. Most of our friends are other Au Pairs and we don't really meet other people. So if you maybe could arrange that the program manager show us, what we can do in our town to meet kiwi teens, that would be great.

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Rike
Female
19 years old
Auckland

Good support

8/10

Hello there,
I have to say that the support of the agency Au Pair Link is really good! My Programm and Family Manager really cares about me and she always asked me how I am feeling in the family. But she also cares about my social life here in New Zealand, so she helped me to find a choir and also asked me if I already got friends here. I am very happy that my Family and Programm Manager from Au Pair Link looks so good after me so that I am not alone. I am also sure that my Programm and Family Manager will be there for me if I would have trouble with my hostfamily or if I would not feel comfortable in my hostfamily.

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Viviane
Female
24 years old
Hamilton, NZ

Being an Au Pair is the best way to get to know the culture and people

10/10

If you want to go to a foreign country to get to know its culture, its people, its countryside and its lifestyle then you should go there as an Au Pair. This is the best way to get to know all of these things as you´re part of a family where you look after children which is hard work sometimes of course but it´s also great fun. You get the chance to experience a different culture, to see how your host family lives and celebrates special events such as public holidays. And you also get the chance to travel and to see the country, to meet new people and to go on adventures.
Being an Au Pair is just amazing - especially when you´re going with a supportive organisation like Au Pair Link!!

How can this program be improved?

It should stay exactly the way it is as it´s supportive and helpful and great fun to be part of it.

Response from Au Pair Link - New Zealand

Thank you for such lovely comments, Viviane! We agree, it's a great way to experience a new culture! All the best.

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Kelly
Female
32 years old
Auckland new zealand
Other

Au pair 101

8/10

My experiences here have been pretty much what I expected. I do get homesick and luckily my programme manager has been there when I needed her. I understand that education of ministery requires written documentation but I do find it to be complicated. It's a bit unrealistic to do 10 minute checksespecislly when dealing with more than 1 child.

How can this program be improved?

See above

Response from Au Pair Link - New Zealand

Hi there, thank you for the kind words regarding our programmes and support, it is much appreciated! In terms of the ten minute checks, these are a requirement set by New Zealand's Ministry of Education, and really makes sure the little ones are OK, though understand this can prove a bit difficult with more than one child. That you juggled the responsibility so deftly is a Testament to your childcare skills, no doubt!

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Rose
Female
19 years old
Auckland, New Zealand

Great Support.

8/10

Last April, I decided to leave the States and go Au Pair overseas. It was a process deciding where I want to go and which agency to use. I finally decided to come the gorgeous NZ, but I still had to sort through the different agencies and decide which one to use. After emailing back and forth with a few agencies and spending hours reading though websites, I settled on Au Pair Link. It was the best choice I could have made. I chose to use an agency for the support system and selected Au Pair Link because they seemed to have a great one on paper. I prayed that I wouldn't need to use all of this support, but sadly, a month into my first placement, I did. It is a long story so I will just say that I felt extremely unsafe with my family. I contacted my programme manager about this and she met with me outside of the home as soon as we were both able to. I told her that I wanted to leave the home as soon as possible, would not stay longer that a week, and would leave as soon as the family was told that I felt unsafe. This was not a situation that she had dealt with before (there is usually a 4-week mediation period with your family), so she contacted her boss. Her boss said that I could pack and have my programme manager pick me up in the morning. I decide to do this. After leaving the home, we went and got some coffee and talked, then she took me to hostel. We checked it out and decide it was a safe place to stay. Au Pair Link paid for me to stay there for 5 days while I continued to be supported by the amazing people who work for them. During this time, I was sent profiles of other potential families and I ended up meeting with one of them just a week after leaving my first family. They offered me the position with them and I accepted. I've now been with this family for two months and could not be happier. I love my new programme manager and everyone who work here in Auckland. They continue to support me and help me to have the best time I can during my year in NZ. Every single person who works Au Pair Link that I have had any sort of contact with is amazing. You could not find a better agency anywhere.

How can this program be improved?

I love Au Pair Link, but if I could change one thing, I would ask that the families be required to submit character references like the Au Pairs do. It would be nice to be able to read what others think of the people we are going to live with.

Response from Au Pair Link - New Zealand

Thank you for such lovely comments about the programme and our team! Just a quick response to your suggestion about Host Family character references... we've actually just launched an online matching system which gives our Au Pair candidates a lot more transparency in terms of what information you can see about a potential Host Family. As part of the new system, we've also reviewed our application form for families, asking more questions about the Au Pair role they have available, the children and general family routines. We definitely want our Au Pairs to feel they're making informed decisions about joining a family and think this system has definitely made some steps to ensure both parties have all the information they need!

Check out our new system at www.aupairlink.co.nz!

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aupairNZ
Female
24 years old
new zealand
Other

Au Pair Link is nice, but there's cheaper ways to nanny in NZ

5/10

I have many friends who au pair in NZ and didn't go through an agency. They saved $3000 and are having an equally good time. If you're not a confident or out going person, the outings and activities they plan are a great way to meet people. Otherwise, everyone here is friendly and you'll have no problem making friends. Overall I appreciate what the agency does, but don't think the "support" is worth the high cost.

Response from Au Pair Link - New Zealand

Hi there, thanks for sharing your feedback with us! Great to hear your friends had a good time when they were here! Many people do have successful placements, but we often get approached by Au Pairs who travelled here independently and then get stuck because it hasn’t worked out as they’d hoped!

The programme fee doesn't just cover the support you receive or the costs of running the programme, although these are certainly included as we have a nationwide team who are dedicated to building one-on-one relationships with our Au Pairs and nannies around the country.

Our programme fee also includes your return flights and comprehensive travel insurance, which can sometimes cost thousands of dollars on their own. We make sure any family you're placed with are screened (including police checks) so there is some security for your applicants built into the fee.

Also, if your initial Au Pair placement doesn't work out, we provide you with a placement guarantee, including paid for accommodation while we find you a new Host Family - so a fair amount of value is built into the programme fee, you are not just paying for 'support'. Indeed, you could choose to not use an agency and save a few hundred dollars, however this can be a gamble when you are travelling alone overseas. There are some major benefits of using an agency.

Hope this goes some way to explaining the cost of the programme - not to mention we have the largest Au Pair network in New Zealand - which means good times abound!

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Emelie
Female
32 years old
London, UK
Oxford Brookes University

So great I now work for Au Pair Link!

10/10

I joined Au Pair Link as an Au Pair in 2009, and without a doubt had the best year of my life. The matching and placement process was extremely smooth, and the in-country support was amazing.

It was so good I now work for Au Pair Link, telling new candidates how amazing the programme is, and how it really is the adventure of a lifetime! I feel like I've worked for them for years anyway, since as soon as I came back home I started telling everyone I knew how great my year was, and convincing anyone I knew who had an interest in travelling and childcare to apply. Being able to experience a new culture through living with a local family and looking after their children gave me an insight into a New Zealand that tourists don't get to experience.

Au Pair Link helped me through every step of the process and gave me the opportunity to get to know a new family on the other side of the world - a family I've been back to visit twice already! Au Pairing in New Zealand really is something everyone should get to experience!

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Amelia
Female
24 years old
Auckland, New Zealand
University of South Australia

I'm up to my third placement, that has to say something:)

9/10

As my headline stated I'm up to my third placement with Au Pair Link. They've made every transition super smooth and gone above and beyond their working requirements to make me feel supported. With every slight hiccup I've had a positive and proud employee return with not one but multiple solutions.

In turn I feel proud to say with a big smile upon my face when asked "which angency are you through?"

"Au Pair Link".

How can this program be improved?

The only change I would make would be to have one consistent programme manager, instead of having the four that I've been handed over to.

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MaggieW_F
Female
24 years old
Wellington, New Zealand.

'Professional but fun'

9/10

Having looked through many different options while researching Au Pairing in New Zealand, I can safely say that Au Pair Link was the most impressive, and my experience of the company solidly backs that up. The support I've received as an Au Pair is unbelievable; throughout the matching process, while finding my Host Family, and now that I'm here, living it through. Professional but fun, and really well-prepared and available. Unfailingly supportive.

How can this program be improved?

Continuity of programme managers. I've had three already, and I've only been here 2 months! The support has been great, but it's just a lot of chopping and changing.

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