Visa information New Zealand

As there is no official au pair programme in New Zealand, you can apply for a Working Holiday visa to travel to New Zealand and work as an au pair.

You must, among other things:

  • be a citizen of one of the following countries: Argentina, Australia*, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong (HKSAR), Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay or Vietnam
  • be at least 18 and no more than 30 years of age
  • not bring along any children with you
  • hold a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
  • have between NZ$2.250 and NZ$7.000 of available funds (the country of citizenship will determine the exact amount)
  • meet the health and character requirements
  • hold a medical and comprehensive hospitalisations insurance for your entire length of stay
  • not have been approved for a visa under a Working Holiday Scheme before

*Australian citizens may study, work and live in New Zealand without a visa. Find out more on this topic on the Immigration New Zealand website.

You can check all requirements and schemes on the official website for the Working Holiday visaNew Zealand limits the number of visas annually available for applicants from certain countries. Please consult the official website or check our quota list  below to get an overview of the number of visas available for your home country.

The Working Holiday visa for New Zealand allows you to enter the country and work for a host family as an au pair. Depending on your home country, you may stay 6-23 months in New Zealand on this type of visa. However, you may not take up permanent employment, but only occasional or part-time jobs in order to finance your stay in New Zealand. You may apply for the Working Holiday visa for New Zealand only once. Under certain circumstances, however, au pairs may extend their stay or apply for another type of visa.

You may work for one or several employers for up to 12 months.

Nationals of some countries may not stay with the same employer for more than 3 months. These countries include Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

If you are a national of Chile, China or Slovakia, you can stay with your host family for up to 6 months. Nationals of all  other countries can stay with their host families for up to 12 months.

You will need to get an IRD number and give it to your employer for tax purposes. Apply for your IRD number online through the Inland Revenue’s Travelling to New Zealand webpage. In New Zealand, you pay tax on a pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) basis. This means that there should not be a large refund or outstanding amount to pay when you leave.

The table below shows information for different nationals who can apply for the Working Holiday visa for New Zealand, when the quota will open in 2016 and how many visas are available. Please note that as soon as a new programme starts, the visa quota might be allocated within a few hours on a “first come, first served” basis.

Country Start date Available places
Argentina 21 September 2016 1000
Austria 4 May 2016 100
Belgium throughout the whole year unlimited
Brazil 31 August 2016 300
Canada throughout the whole year unlimited
Chile 12 October 2016 940
China 23 May 2016 100
Croatia 17 August 2016 100
Czech Republic 2 March 2016 1200
Denmark throughout the whole year unlimited
Estonia 30 March 2016 100
Finland throughout the whole year unlimited
France throughout the whole year unlimited
Germany throughout the whole year unlimited
Hong Kong 5 April 2016 400
Hungary 20 April 2016 100
Ireland throughout the whole year unlimited
Israel 15 November 2016 200
Italy throughout the whole year unlimited
Japan throughout the whole year unlimited
Latvia 24 February 2016 100
Malaysia 20 January 2016 1150
Malta July 2016 50
Mexico 22 March 2016 200
Netherlands throughout the whole year unlimited
Norway throughout the whole year unlimited
Peru August 2016 100
Philippines 5 February 2016 100
Poland 17 February 2016 100
Singapore 7 November 2016 200
Slovakia 27 April 2016 100
Slovenia 12 April 2016 100
South Korea 11 May 2016 3000
Spain 13 May 2016 200
Sweden throughout the whole year unlimited
Taiwan 29 June 2016 600
Thailand 19 July 2016 100
Turkey July 2016 100
United Kingdom throughout the whole year unlimited
United States of America throughout the whole year unlimited
Uruguay 26 October 2016 200
Vietnam 1 August 2016 100

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  We are an introduction agency only and take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided. This information is mean’t for guidance only and due to the ever changing immigration laws it is the responsibility of the aupair to check prior to travel that they have the correct visa in place.