FAQ – Working as a Physio in New Zealand

How do I register with the NZ Physiotherapy Board?

To work in NZ, you have to have NZ Physiotherapy Registration. You can find all the information you need by following the below link.

Please note, this is a huge procedure and takes at least 6 months to gather all the information you need to get your competencies. To avoid any disappointments, please start this process as early as possible.

What Visa should I get?

Physiotherapists are currently on the essential skills shortage list, meaning you can work in NZ on an essential skills visa, under the long term skills shortage list work visa option.

Find out more information and apply for this visa, click the link below:

If you are interested in working to gain residency in New Zealand, the essential visa also allows that.


If these positions are something you are interested in, let us know that you would like to proceed. Please keep in mind the NZ Physiotherapy Board has a very thorough process that can take up to 6 months to complete and gain NZ Physiotherapy Registration. The working visa can’t be completed until you have the Physiotherapy Registration. We try to help where possible to make this process as easy as we can for you so please don’t hesitate in contacting us. We have been through this process many times now!


We currently have 12 clinics available in this rotating system at present. Find out more about the Physio Direct clinics on our Locations 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 Liz at Liz@physiodirectnz.com