Our most popular programme, Au Pair 123 suits candidates who are looking to live the au pair dream and make a tangible difference to the lives of a host family and their little ones. Caring for at least one child under five years of age, you’ll receive ongoing support from a Family & Programme Manager (all qualified ECE teachers), including a monthly visit to your home, as well as regular playgroups, activities and events.

As an Au Pair 123, you’ll receive

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If you’ve studied early years education, or have worked with little ones for more than a year (that includes being an au pair), then you’ll automatically qualified for our Au Pair Whiz programme. Designed for highly experienced or qualified candidates, you’ll enjoy the same support as candidates on the Au Pair 123 programme, but receive a slightly higher weekly wage, in recognition of your expertise. In fact, Au Pair Whiz is the only programme in New Zealand that rewards you for arriving to New Zealand as a childcare superstar!

As an Au Pair Whiz, you’ll receive

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Au Pair Mate is designed for au pairs who care for children over five years of age, often taking on the role of a big sister or brother in a family. This also means that you’re not required to participate in our playgroups, child outings, and so on. That’s not to say we’re not there when you need us; each month you’ll receive a phone call from your Family & Programme Manager, as well as regular coffee groups – a great way to meet other au pairs and plan a weekend away together!

As an Au Pair Mate, you’ll receive

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As well as traditional au pair (live-in) positions, we also entertain families who are looking for live-out nannies. If you like your independence (and saying goodbye at the end of the day!) then our nanny programme could provide you with what you’re looking for. Our team of Family & Programme Managers support you on the job, helping you tailor experiences for the little ones in your care. You’ll also be able to access our home early learning programme, and receive a visit from us each month. Because there’s no board and lodgings component to the au pair wage, you’ll negotiate this directly with the family. But don’t worry, we’re always there to make sure things are fair and square!

As an nanny with us, you’ll receive

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Programme benefits Au Pair 123 Au Pair Whiz Au Pair Mate Live-Out Nanny
Hours of work per week 30 - 45 30 - 45 20 - 45 25 - 45
Net weekly wage
$190 - $230 $270 - $330 $130 - $210 Negotiable
Placement term 6-12 months 6-12 months 6-12 months 3 month min.
Completion bonus
$20 per week $20 per week $20 per week No
Childcare experience required > 200 hours Early Childhood Education degree/diploma + 6 months experience or 1 year full time experience with under 5s. > 100 hours > 200 hours
Age of children At least one under 5 years At least one under 5 years All children over 5 years At least one under 5 years
Early Childhood Education support Yes Yes No Yes
Monthly visit Yes Yes No Yes
Placement guarantee 3 months 3 months 3 months No
Orientation course Yes Yes Yes Yes


We have flexible pricing options to help make becoming an au pair/nanny in New Zealand as easy as possible for you. You can choose to have us book your flights and insurance for you, or book them with your preferred provider.

Depart ex-London from £1.900 GBP.

If you'd prefer to book your own flights and insurance, then our programme fee becomes a one-off, non-refundable payment of $899 NZD ($1299 NZD for Au Pair Mate programme), which covers the screening and matching process, and on-going support during your placement term.
Need more information or programme costs for other regions? Please contact us for more information.


As an au pair with us, you have the unique opportunity to work on a world-leading early childhood curriculum with your host family’s children. As part of each child’s learning journey, au pairs inspire children to discover their place in the world. As part of the Au Pair Link family, you’ll have access to:

New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki (translated to ‘the woven mat’) covers the education of children up to the age of five. As an au pair, encouraging a child’s sense of wonder and imagination can often lead to some big smiles and amazing memories!

Four broad principles are at the centre of Te Whāriki

And are woven into the following areas of learning


Arriving in a new country can be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve just sat through a long haul flight! Our orientation course gives you a couple of days to unwind, make a few friends, and acclimatise to your new home! You’ll also receive valuable information around being an au pair, and receive child first aid training from St John.

Usually starting on a Wednesday, our orientation course includes:


We work exclusively with STA Travel to book your flights to New Zealand (and we can offer some pretty amazing deals while you’re here, too!). STA Travel is a global travel specialist with over 30 years’ experience helping students, teachers and young people travel the world. STA Travel has an extensive global presence with hundreds of retail locations worldwide, sending over 6 million travellers away each year.

The benefits of booking your flights with us?

Travel insurance with Cover-More

We also provide a travel insurance package for au pairs through Cover-More, one of the New Zealand’s most trusted insurers. You must have insurance if you want to join one of our programmes, to make sure you’re covered in case of any unforeseen medical expenses, accidents or lost/stolen property while you’re here. Click here to view our insurance policy details and the schedule of benefits that come with the Essentials package.

The working holiday visa

Au pairs generally enter New Zealand on a working holiday visa. While we can provide you with support, the application needs to be completed by the applicant at a cost of approximately $165NZD. For more information, visit the New Zealand Department of Immigration website.