Clinic 1: Ohakune
This position is based in Ohakune offering a fantastic lifestyle for those looking for fun and adventure. Home to the North Island’s ski fields, this region is bustling in the winter with skiing and snowboarding then comes alive in the summer with mountain biking, tramping, kayaking and fishing.
This position is mostly clinic based with all varieties of musculoskeletal injuries and some private appointments. We have a contract with the district hospital (1.5 hours away) to see people in our clinic for free, where we charge the hospital for our time, as the hospital is unable to offer this community a physiotherapist.
For further information about Ohakune and the surrounding area see www.visitruapehu.com.
Clinic 2: Taumarunui
This position is based in Taumarunui, which is a town of about 5,000 people, which supports the wider farming community. This is a beautiful part of New Zealand, located in the heart of the King Country and the Forgotten World, with loads of new mountain bike tracks as part of the National Cycle Trail umbrella.
This position is clinic based with some Return to Work programs with work place assessments and gym/pool programs. We are the only treatment provider in the area, so we see a huge variety of injuries. We spend time in the gym with these patients making sure they have the strength to get back into their previous employment. There is a bit of traveling associated with this position as Taumarunui is 45mins from where the accommodation is in Ohakune, but Ohakune is the better place to live.
For further information about Taumarunui and the area see www.forgottenworldexperience.co.nz.
Clinic 3: Matamata
This clinic is located in the Waikato region, home of the NZ dairy industry and Hobbiton!!! It is very central to the North Islands most popular beaches and worldwide acclaimed tourist attractions which allow people to live a fantastic lifestyle full of adventure.
Here we hold a contract with Fonterra which is one of the world’s largest dairy companies, where we have an onsite clinic working with their early discomfort and injury prevention program. Matamata is mainly clinic based with Return to Work Programs. This clinic also home to our full time practice manager/receptionist.
For further information about Matamata and the surrounding area see www.matamatanz.co.nz.
Clinic 4: Putaruru
Putaruru, 20mins from Matamata, again is a very central location and close to the North Island’s most popular beaches and worldwide acclaimed tourist attractions which make it a great base. Its economy is based on farming, forestry and timber production. The nearby Blue Springs is the current source of about 60% of NZ’s bottled water.
This position is a mix of clinical work, work site assessments and SAW programs which involve gym based strengthening programs.
For further information about Putaruru and the surrounding area see www.hamiltonwaikato.com.
Clinic 5: Te Aroha
Situated 50 minutes north east of Hamilton is Te Aroha. Nestled at the foot of its mountain namesake, the historic Spa Town is famous for its natural hot soda water springs, gold mining and mountain hiking and biking trails.
For further information about Te Aroha and the surrounding area see Te Aroha
Clinic 6 and 7: Christchurch-Belfast and Oxford
Christchurch is known as the Garden City, with its shaky past 6 years, it has become the hub of architecture, design and inspiration. Easy access to the deeper South, Christchurch is a bustling city looking to the future.
For further information about Christchurch and the area see www.christchurchnz.com
Clinic 8 and 9: Rotorua and Ngongotaha
Rotorua is a fabulous city in the middle of the North Island and is considered New Zealand’s tourism capital. This city offers a perfect combination of world class attractions, stunning geothermal wonders and outdoor activities. You can relax in the healing waters of a thermal spring, go fishing in one of the 14 lakes or Mountain-biking on our fantastic Trails. There are action, adventure and relaxation opportunities everywhere, so you will have plenty to see and do while you’re here.
This location has 2-3 positions and are located in 2 locations; in a new GP practice with 3 GPs on site and another 6 GPs in the central city location. This position is a mix of clinical work, work site assessments and SAW programs which involve gym based strengthening programmes.
For further information about Rotorua and the surrounding area see www.rotoruanz.com.
Clinic 10: Westport
Westport, in the West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island, was first a gold town and then a coal town. Westport is also a centre for outdoor adventures – jet boating, underground rafting, caving, white water rafting and kayaking. Scenic highlights include old coal towns, goldmining relics, forest hikes and coastal walks.
Clinic 11: Taupo
Taupo is located near the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, on the shores on NZ’s largest lake- Lake Taupo. There is a variety of outdoor activities ranging from fishing to jet-boating. Along with its beautiful scenery and the dramatic Huka Falls, you can also visit the geothermal wonders surrounding Taupo.
For further information about Taupo and the surrounding area see https://www.greatlaketaupo.com/
Clinic 11: Greymouth
Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast and has the turnaround of the Tranz Alpine train journey, recognised as one of the top train trips in the world and one form of public transport that you’ll actually wish took a little bit longer. Greymouth and the surrounding Grey Valley offer adventure activities, heritage attractions and guided nature tours. Cycle the easy West Coast Wilderness Trail or visit Shantytown, a replica of a 1880’s gold town. Get muddy on a quad bike tour, go caving or whitewater rafting or head up the Croesus Track for a very scenic full day hike.
Experience in private practice and the ability to work independently is essential for this role. Find out more about the Physio Direct vacancies on our Job Description Page.
Frequently Asked Questions about working in New Zealand:
Before you can work in New Zealand as a physiotherapist you will need to register with the New Zealand Physio Board and apply for the correct Visa. Find out more information about working as a physio in New Zealand on our FAQ Page.
How to Apply:
If you would love to work as a rotating physio in New Zealand for Physio Direct, please send a cover letter and your C.V to Kerri Lochead at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our Current Physios:
Brad Dennien – Physiotherapist
Brad graduated from Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia with a Doctor of Physiotherapy in mid-2019. Originally from Brisbane in Queensland, Brad’s passion for helping others is what originally drew him to pursue physiotherapy. Brad has been fortunate enough to gain experience across various patient populations. These include paediatrics, athletic sporting injuries, general musculoskeletal conditions and… Read More
Brad Robinson – Physiotherapist
Brad studied Physiotherapy in Dunedin and graduated from Otago University in 2017. He then spent time working in Timaru before joining the Physio Direct team in Christchurch in mid 2019. Brad is passionate about Physiotherapy with an interest in sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. He has a focus on the role of exercise and lifestyle in… Read More
Stella Wilson- Physiotherapist
Originally from South Africa, Stella graduated from AUT in 2002 and has been practising physiotherapy ever since. She started out in paediatrics with the Waitemata DHB Child Development Service but gradually moved into full time private practice, eventually building up her own clinics in East Auckland. Stella moved to Taumarunui in 2016 with her husband… Read More
Pamela Guy – Physiotherapist
Pamela is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has been practising as a physio for many years, continuing to do so with great passion. Her love of sports injuries and all things musculoskeletal saw her pursue post graduate studies both in Australia and internationally. She holds a DipMDT, the highest level of attainment in MDT(… Read More
Nicole Greidanus – Physiotherapist
Nicole is from rural Canada, and spent the last 4 years in Scotland. She enjoys the outdoors, cooking, travelling and meeting new people. Nicole completed her Honours Specialisation of Kinesiology BSc. at the University of Western Ontario. During this time she also worked as a Personal Trainer and Athletic Therapist for the varsity teams. Nicole… Read More
Brittany Peacock – Physiotherapist
Brittany graduated in 2014 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Texas. Originally from New Orleans, LA, she enjoys good food, good music and family time. She has a wide variety of experience in various patient settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals and home care, especially… Read More
Silas Carey – Physiotherapist
Originally from rural New York State in the U.S., Silas received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York Medical College in 2016. Prior to his move to New Zealand, Silas worked in the orthopaedic unit of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City treating acute orthopaedic conditions before and after surgery. Silas has… Read More
Anel Smith – Physiotherapist
Anel grew up in the United states and studied at the university of Pretoria in South Africa where she graduated in 2013 with Bachelors in Physiotherapy. She initially worked at Dr. Yusuf Dadoo State Hospital as a community service Physiotherapist, where she was exposed to paediatrics and adult neurology conditions. In 2015 she started working in… Read More
Indu Kar – Physiotherapist
Indu moved to New Zealand 3 years ago to join her husband and are currently living in Mt Maunganui. She completed her Master of Physiotherapy in 2012 with specialization in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Prior to moving to NZ, Indu was working in a reputed, multi-speciality hospital in India where she gained experience in treating various musculoskeletal,… Read More
Suellyn Caudwell – Physiotherapist
Suellyn Caudwell is a well experienced physiotherapist having owned and run her own practice in Rotorua for many years She has a special enthusiasm for the Mackenzie method of treating both acute and chronic low back, neck and thoracic pain with or without sciatica, arm pain and headaches. She likes to educate her clients so they… Read More
Sam Jones – Physiotherapist
Qualified as a physiotherapist in 2012 from Salford University. Sam has travelled all her life as her father was serving the British army. Since qualifying she has worked in rural Wales, Leicester in the UK and Wellington in New Zealand. She has worked in both private and the public sector, in a variety of posts… Read More
Maisie Byrne – Physiotherapist
Maisie studied Physiotherapy in Brighton, England. Alongside studying, she has travelled Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Maisie has previously worked in an acute hospital setting in Orthopaedics and Paediatrics as well as in Occupational Health as a Senior Physiotherapist. Her particular area of interest is sports injuries, previously working with the local Ruapehu… Read More