Nanny Jobs in New Zealand

Guide to Working as an Au-Pair in New Zealand

There are lots of working holiday seasonal-jobs-working-holidays in New Zealand but au pairing is one of the most popular. Working as an au pair or nanny in New Zealand is a great way to see the country, earn a little money and live for free with a local family. The experience of being a nanny here can be an incredible experience especially if you would like to save money and experience the sights in your spare time. If you are planning a gap year to New Zealand au pairing is a great avenue as you get free accommodation meaning you get to save money for travels.

A typical Kiwi host family will have 1-3 children, usually aged between 1 and 12. All families have been vetted and have usually had au-pairs stay in the past. Sometimes both parents will go to work, or one might be home. Most families live in houses with gardens, and you will have access to a car if you can drive. You will get to have your own room and also get free time to yourself. New Zealand is a very outdoors country due to the warm climate so you will get time to enjoy the local surroundings with your family.


Au Pair Jobs in New Zealand

Duties & Working Week

  • You will get to care for and entertain your host children
  • Attending children’s parties
  • Taking and collecting from school
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Helping with homework
  • Tidying and cleaning the house e.g. putting away toys and light housework



Expect around $150-$350 New Zealand dollars per week.


Benefits of Applying through an Agency

  • Au pair placement 
  • A private room and full board
  • Pre-arrival matching and placement with your host family
  • A contract


Who is Eligible to Apply

If the idea of working abroad in New Zealand as an au pair appeals to you then you will need to:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of application
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Have a valid driver’s license with an approved translation or an international drivers license
  • Be eligible for, and meet all the requirements for, the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa
  • Have childcare experience and references to support this.
  • Be able to commit to a 6-12 month placement
  • Have a clean police record
  • Complete a successful interview 


Application Cost

If you are applying from the United States, agency usually charge around US$500 for this service. From other countries the fee can vary. You can also apply for a working holiday visa and then apply with a local agency based in New Zealand which can be cheaper but more difficult to actually get a job.


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