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 Liz at Liz@physiodirectnz.com
Some of our Current Physios:
Kyle Headland – Physiotherapist
Kyle Grew up in Kempton Park, South Africa and completed his BSc in Human Physiology in 2014 at the University of Pretoria. He has a passion for helping people and went on to study Physiotherapy at the University of Pretoria and graduated in 2018. During this time his passion for evidence based, holistic, person-centered health… Read More
Eduan Breedt – Physiotherapist
Eduan was raised in rural South Africa at the forest verge of the Amathole Mountains. He was home schooled by his parents, along with his two brothers, and never attended conventional school. He enjoyed a literature-rich and nature-filled childhood. Having a self-directed learning approach, he grew up curious and questioning. He completed his AS-Levels (an… Read More
Katie O’Neill – Physiotherapist
Katie is from Essex, England. She enjoys exploring new places and participating in sports such as hiking, cycling, swimming and rugby! Just recently she climbed The Pinnacles – ” the views were amazing – I would recommend it for all. Katie graduated in 2019 from the University of Essex with a MSC Pre-registration masters in… Read More
Marelize Ferreira – Physiotherapist
Marelize recently joined the Physio Direct team from South Africa with her husband and two young girls. She graduated in 2004 from Stellenbosch University and 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… Read More
Jennifer Bayley – Physiotherapist
Jenny is all the way from Lancashire, in the north west corner of sunny England. She has been a Physiotherapist since 2016. Jenny has worked in the community setting as a Senior Physiotherapist working within numerous smaller teams; Reablement therapy, Rapid Assessment, community Physio/falls and at a community hospital. She has worked previously in an… 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 enjoys treating all musculoskeletal conditions and seeing clients of any age return to maximal health and well-being. Elaine is a… 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
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
Timothy Grimes – Physiotherapist
Timothy Grimes graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin in 2017. His experience as a Sports Physio has aided Tim with his interest in managing client injuries and helping people to maintain an active lifestyle. Tim also has experience with Paediatric Physiotherapy and is interested in holistic care and the treatment of… 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 they are currently living in Papamoa. 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, neurological… Read More