RotoruaRotorua 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.
We are situated in two locations in Rotorua. Rotorua – Fairy Springs where we are located within a GP practice with 3 GPs and our head office Rotorua – Central in Amohia Street. These clinics have 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.
NgongotahaKnown as the ‘sunny side of the mountain’, beautiful Ngongotaha sits on the northwest shores of Lake Rotorua. Ngongotaha has its own village feel and distinct character built around a strong sporting identity with successful soccer, rugby and netball teams, an emerging café culture, good schools, and clear sense of community. The quieter roads of Ngongotaha present safe cycling opportunities for road cyclists and for mountain bike enthusiasts.
For further information about Ngongotaha and the surrounding area see https://www.newzealand.com/int/ngongotaha/
MatamataThis 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.
PutaruruPutaruru, 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.
Te ArohaSituated 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
MuruparaThe timber town of Murupura sits at the edge of the Kaingaroa Forest. If hunting and fishing are on your agenda, you’ll find plenty of action here. The town is handy to the Te Urewera National Park and Whirinaki Te Pua a Tane – both offer exceptional wilderness hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.
For further information about Murupara and the area see http://www.newzealand.com/int/murupara/
TaumarunuiThis 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.
OhakuneThis 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.
NapierNapier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island, is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. Along the tree-lined waterfront promenade the Marine Parade, the Pania of the Reef statue depicting a Maori maiden, is a symbol of the city. We are a full-service physiotherapy clinic which can address issues ranging from work-related injuries to post-surgery treatment, and we also specialise in a variety of treatments from Kinesiology Taping to Pain Management.
For further information about Napier and the surrounding area see: https://www.hawkesbaynz.com/plan-your-stay/our-neighbourhoods/napier/
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 CV to Amy at Amy@physiodirectnz.com
Some of our Current Physios:
Rene du Preez – Physiotherapist
René is a dynamic physiotherapist that recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa. She has experience in the private and public health sector. René enjoys working with children and adults to ensure they reach their goals. Her main aim for her patients are to be able to live their lives to the fullest. Apart from… Read More
Alet Venter – Physiotherapist
Alet is originally from Kempton Park, South Africa. Alet has a special interest in Orthopaedics, Neuromusculoskeletal therapy and Cardio-respiratory therapy. She worked as a locum physiotherapist in the months leading up to her relocation to New Zealand. In her free time she enjoys playing and coaching tennis, spending time with family, and spending time outdoors. The… Read More
Jacquie Kieck – Physiotherapist
Jacquie comes from the coastal town of Port Alfred, Eastern Cape South Africa. Jacquie’s clinical interest lies in OMT (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy), completing the OMT course in 2009. As well as pain management, obtaining her Certificate in Pain Management in 2016. As a person who loves to be organized, Jacquie has a keen interest in… Read More
Tryphaena Sampson – Remedial Masseuse
Tryphaena is originally from Brisbane, Australia & graduated from Gold Coast QAcademy College of Remedial & Massage Therapies in 2014. She has worked mainly in a private practice setting in Brisbane for over 5 years, with further studies in Reflexology, Pregnancy massage as well as Trigger Point Dry Needling. She has always been interested in… Read More
Alfanso Litchmore – Physiotherapist
Alfie was raised in Kingston Jamaica as a youngster before moving to London, England where he was originally born. Alfie has a keen interest in Human movement and health that has followed on from his BSC in Sports and exercise degree which he completed in 2014 at Southampton Solent University. Alfie’s working experience has provided… Read More
Joshua Ma – Physiotherapist
Joshua was born in Canada, where he grew up near the Rocky Mountains. Joshua has experience in hospital, private practice, and high-level sports setting treating various types of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Joshua emphasizes listening to his patients to get to the root cause of the problem, tailoring the treatment plan to the individual to… Read More
Virusha Soobramoney – Physiotherapist
Virusha, grew up in a small town Ladysmith in South Africa . Through her studies and extensive work experience which included everything from working in the public health sector through hospitals and primary health clinics to daily in-patient service in the private health sectors in SA she has been exposed to the far reaching positive… Read More
Chimwemwe Masina – Physiotherapist
Masina grew up along the central shores of Lake Malawi. His motivation for pursuing physiotherapy was to live a fully satisfied life by putting a smile on others during their low moments. After completing his studies in 2016 he joined the public sector and worked as a physiotherapist at the main referral hospital in the… Read More
Alyssa Gildenhuys – Physiotherapist
Alyssa grew up and attended school in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Alyssa has a great passion for working and helping people and children of all ages to reach their goals, relieve pain and return to their activities of daily living. In her free time she enjoy’s being active and outdoors doing activities such as Horse riding,… Read More
Lauren Keulder – Physiotherapist
Lauren grew up in Cape Town South Africa. Lauren has participated in various levels of sporting codes namely, horse riding, hockey, running, golf, weight training, softball, and boxing. This has given her a great insight into many sporting codes and enjoys treating all kinds of injuries, aches and pains. Lauren has a passion for wellness… Read More
Kyle Headland – Physiotherapist
Kyle Grew up in Kempton Park, South Africa. During this time his passion for evidence based, holistic, person-centered health care was sparked and has a heart for seeing hurting people healed. Kyle has a special interest in Pain Neuroscience and for helping people with acute and chronic pain conditions. In his free time Kyle enjoys… Read More
Katie O’Neill – Physiotherapist
Katie is from Essex, England. She has always had a keen interest in musculoskeletal injuries that has followed on from her BSC in Sports Therapy which she completed in 2016 at The University of Hertfordshire. Katie has enjoyed both working in a clinic and a hospital environment and seeing patients achieve their goals, through treatment… Read More
Marelize Ferreira – Physiotherapy Manager
Marelize recently joined the Physio Direct team from South Africa with her husband and two young girls. She has worked in various sports practices, orthopedic and musculoskeletal clinics through her career. For the last nine years she has owned a private physiotherapy practice in Pretoria that focused on a multi-disciplinary team approach for patients with… Read More
Elaine Black – Physiotherapist
Elaine Black is an experienced physiotherapist. She has worked for many years across the private and public health sectors in New Zealand and Australia and has a broad knowledge of all aspects of physiotherapy. Elaine is a Credentialled McKenzie Therapist endorsing the McKenzie Method’s philosophy of education and active client involvement in the treatment of… Read More
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