Experience Living and Working in New Zealand as an Au Pair

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Cape Reigna au pair link trip
Omaha beach
Lake Wanaka
Lake Pukaki
Mount Manganui
Cape Reinga
Throwing Myself off of A Bridge in Queenstown


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.

Questions & Answers

An applicant can apply at 17 – they will not be able to come until they are 18 as that is the legal age for a working holiday visa. We do welcome applicants that are 17 however.

I honestly don’t know the answer to that but my guess is that it completely depends on the family. I don’t know that they would be completely opposed but it would probably require interviewing both and seeing how both people interact with the kids.

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.


based on 18 reviews
  • Housing 8.4
  • Support 8.2
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 8.6
  • Safety 8.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

So great I now work for Au Pair Link!

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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Yes, I recommend this program

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

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".

What would you improve about this program?
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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Yes, I recommend this program

'Professional but fun'

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.