Tauranga is a harbourside city in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand’s North Island and has a population of circa 134.400. A bridge over the harbour connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, a beach town with hot saltwater pools and an extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths. If you become a Demi Pair with us here, you will definitely have no lack of beach life and shopping. It is also a good base to go and explore other parts of the North Island.

You will be studying at a high quality language school with well-qualified staff that is experienced and caring and there is a supportive ‘family’ atmosphere. You will study part time (Working Holiday Visa holders) or full time (Student Visa holders) and can choose between General English, FCE, CAE and IELTS. It is possible to study 12, 14 or 24 weeks.

During the morning classes you will develop your skills in:

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Speaking

In the afternoon, focus will be on developing fluency and confidence in:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Vocabulary

Who can participate?

There are 2 visas to choose from, depending on the length you wish to study for and your nationality. We do not assist with visas, but you are welcome to check the website of New Zealand Immigration or we can get you in touch with a Licensed Immigration Adviser. 

Type of visa #weeks
Working Holiday Visa 12, 24
Student Visa 14, 24

Can I work?

We strongly advise you to check the New Zealand Immigration website for more information regarding the requirements for your visa and their related terms and conditions. The current minimum wage in New Zealand is 15.75 NZD.  

Working Holiday Visa holders: If you hold a Working Holiday Visa you can work full time (of which 20 hours at the most with the host family)

Student Visa holders: If you hold a Student Visa you need to study at least 14 consecutive weeks full time English at a high quality education provider (category 1 school). If you study 6 months full time, you usually need an IELTS 5.0 score and have a genuine interest in improving your English.

Under New Zealand Tax law, you are considered to be working, as receiving accommodation in exchange for your work is classified as earnings, to the value of 220 NZD per week, plus receiving 70 NZD per week allowance. Therefore you are regarded as an IR56 employee and are responsible for meeting your own tax obligations by completing tax forms and any tax payments to the IRD. Assistance will be provided during the orientation.

When can I start?

You can start any Monday of the academic year. Special intake dates for IELTS and Cambridge exam preparations apply.The school will assist you with enrolment in exams. Contact us for more information about the dates.

Orientation day

You are required to bring your passport, a copy of your visa and your health & travel insurance on your first day at school. During the orientation you will get familiarised with the school, find out more about this lovely town and get your paperwork sorted. You will also get help with opening a bank account, receive information about tax and tax reporting and get informed about practicalities regarding insurance claims.


Visa Type #weeks
  12 14 24
Working Holiday Visa (NZD) 4,835 7,060
Student Visa (NZD) 7,270 9,000


An additional 200 NZD will be charged on top of the package price if you wish to do an exam course.

Fees include:

  • Assistance with Demi Pair application preparation
  • Demi Pair placement fee
  • Administration fee
  • Free Airport pick up
  • Assessment and placement test
  • Orientation
  • PT or FT English tuition (visa depending)
  • Free computer and internet access during school hours
  • 24 hours Demi Pair support line
  • Activities
  • Access to exclusive Au Pair Facebook group
  • A safe and fun family
  • Free accommodation
  • Free meals
  • All bills paid for (unless specified differently)
  • You will receive 70 NZD pocket money per week
  • A certificate after successfully finishing the course


Not included:

  • Transport
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Course materials
  • Cambridge exam (FCE, CAE) fee (375 NZD) (*)
  • IELTS exam fee (435 NZD) (*)


(*) Subject to change

Prices are valid until 31.12.2017 and include GST. Courses run until December 22nd 2017. In 2018, courses start again on the 8th of January. The school will be closed 14.04.17 (Good Friday), 17.04.17 (Easter Monday), 25.04.17 (ANZAC Day), 05.06.17 (Queen’s Birthday), 23.10.17 (Labour Day)