Homestays wanted

John with his homestay 'Mum'

We invite you to become a St Peter’s homestay family, welcoming our international boarding students into your home for leave weekends and school holidays.  

Homestay is an arrangement where overseas students are given the opportunity of being accepted as a member of a local family in New Zealand.

Your student is a member of your family. This is not considered to be the same as staying in a hotel or even being ‘a guest’ in your home. Give the student the choice of joining in your family activities. This helps them settle into being part of your family.

As a homestay parent, you are responsible for the supervision of the student in your care. You are not the legal guardian.


Except by prior arrangement with the school, all students must have their own bedroom within the home (no sleep outs), with:

  • Bed
  • Desk and chair with a desk light
  • Wardrobe
  • Clean bed linen and towels
  • Chest of drawers if the cupboard is not large enough
  • Smoke alarms in full working order. (


  • Three meals a day
  • Snacks available for between meals.
  • Shared use of facilities in the home, e.g. bathroom, television, and living spaces.
  • Good heating in cold weather. (Electric blanket or economy heater or hot water bottle).
  • Internet access (for homework and contacting parents overseas).
Ai gets involved in shearing a sheep

All homestay situations are carefully inspected to ensure that the home is comfortable, and that the student is cared for in accordance with the Code of Compliance for Pastoral Care for International students.

A home visit is then scheduled, where the following has to be undertaken:

  1. Contract completed
  2. Police vetting forms
  3. Sighting of driver's license, passport or another form of ID
  4. Proof of 2 COVID vaccines plus a booster
  5. Inspection of home and photos for a profile


$42 per day for a full-time student.

$53 per day for a boarding student staying with you during leave weekends and holidays.    



Jongguk enjoying time in a homestay


"I cannot believe that the school year is starting next week. The summer holiday has flown by and we have very much enjoyed having Warinya with us again.


She has become even more immersed in the activities we have to offer at the beach and has spent a huge amount of time in and on the water and playing with the young people at Cooks Beach."


"Susan totally embraced the experience from time at our home in Cambridge to Xmas at the Mount where she did go shopping, to Little Bay with sun, sand and surf. She learned to snorkel, boogie board in the waves, get dragged behind a boat on a biscuit and I also had her baking and Afghan biscuits are now her favourite. She also rowed a boat and jumped off a boat into the water. All these things were new to her.


We had a constant stream of family coming and going and she got on with them all. She particularly liked playing with the younger children. Susan commented that her mind has opened up to other options from her stay with us and announced that she wants to be a prefect next year for the younger students at St Peter’s. I suggested she makes sure the school knows about this goal of hers.


Susan has been a joy to have around, she loved all food put in front of her and was happy to try new things. We have told her she is welcome to spend time with us during the year if it suits us and her."


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