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Level up your career and lifestyle and deliver a first-rate service to our communities as a Physiotherapist in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

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It’s an exciting time for the profession and we’re looking for dynamic and forward thinking registered Physiotherapists to help make positive change happen.

Aotearoa, New Zealand is currently undertaking new and exciting changes to our healthcare system. You’ll be apart of bringing together our communities and our healthcare providers across all areas.

We have a multicultural population of all ages, and we are in the market to recruit Physiotherapists from all areas of health, sports, and recreation offering you opportunities in a range of environments from fast paced metropolitan centres to community focused healthcare in urban, rural and remote settings.

Physiotherapists are on Tier 1 of New Zealand's Green List which means you are eligible for the Straight to Residence Visa and can apply for New Zealand residency before you arrive, provided you have a job offer from an accredited employer, like us!

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About the role

Our Physiotherapists use techniques which help restore movement and function working to help people regain their ability to have a quality life and maintaining movement following an injury, manage pain, ongoing disease management. Whether this is to prevent hospital admissions, or to prevent ongoing deterioration our teams provide support to people of all ages affected by injury, illness or disability. 

Internationally qualified candidates

To practise legally as a Physiotherapist in New Zealand, you must be registered and hold a current Annual Practising certificate issued by the Physiotherapy Board
and be members of Physiotherapy New Zealand

Alternative titles for Physiotherapists are:

  • Physio
  • Physical Therapist



In Aotearoa, New Zealand Physiotherapists work across different areas both within the public system (Te Whatu Ora) and in the private system as well as self-employed in private practices. Within our public system Physiotherapists work in a range of different settings, from our acute hospitals, to our rural hospitals, and into well-established community teams. The health system recognises the value physiotherapy adds to health and is actively investing in developing the profession.

Being a comparatively small nation, our Physiotherapists have the ability to drive change and be at the forefront of innovation of services that influence their local communities. Digital health is just one way we support our communities.

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Benefits and salary range

Newly qualified and core Physiotherapists can earn between $58,000-$86,000 per year. 

Senior or advanced Physiotherapists can earn $87,000 -$119,000 per year.

  • Opportunities to network with other Physiotherapists within your specialty arena
  • Opportunities to work across different settings within rural communities and hospital-based positions
  • Opportunities to be involved in some exciting new service developments such as Physiotherapists as first specialist accessors for Pelvic health, Respiratory, Vestibular and Orthopaedic specialty services
  • Opportunities to lead and participate to service development in Emergency care services and Community/Primary care services
  • You will be supported in your ongoing development. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is available to progress your career and opportunities for further education and to be involved in research.

Required qualifications and experience

To work in Aotearoa, New Zealand you will need to satisfy and gain registration with the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board and be a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand 

  • Annual Practicing Certificate
  • Ongoing competency and dedicated to long life learning
  • Full Drivers Licence (rural communities).

Other helpful links

Begin your career
  • The following physiotherapy schools are available in New Zealand: University of Otago, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland University and Wintec
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Internationally recognised physiotherapy qualification 
  • New Zealand physiotherapy registration.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) and implementing the principles  
  • Engaging with local communities for better health outcomes
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner
  • Competent Physiotherapist within area of special interest
  • Provide safe and clinically effective assessment and intervention
  • Ability to provide holistic treatment from initial assessment to discharge
  • Ability to work as part of a healthcare team
  • Understand the patient journey
  • Awareness of prevention
  • Understanding of both hospital and community work
  • Understanding of ACC
  • Opportunity for mentorship and sharing of skills.
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Explore Aotearoa

Whether you like the big city, the beach, the mountains, or all of the above - we have a broad range of places to call home.

Find out more information about what part of our beautiful country is the best fit for you.

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Te Tai Tokerau Northland

Population: 194,600
Northland is a beautiful and diverse region of Aotearoa, New Zealand with plenty to offer visitors. Whether you're interested in water sports, historic sites, natural beauty or ancient Kauri trees—Northland has it all!

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Population: 650,000
Waitematā is the largest and one of the most rapidly growing districts serving the largest population of all Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand's districts. Waitematā offers a balanced lifestyle that combines the convenience of city living with the natural beauty and community spirit of suburban life.

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Te Toka Tumai Auckland

Population: 500,000
Auckland the "City of Sails" is Aotearoa, New Zealand’s largest city and commercial hub. It’s where metropolitan sophistication meets breath taking natural beauty. Auckland is filled with a variety of warm and welcoming communities, packed with new places to explore.

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Counties Manukau

Population: 500,000
Te Whatu Ora - Counties Manukau serves as a major source of employment within the Counties Manukau area, with over 8,000 individuals being employed across the region.

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Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty

Population: 255,110
The Bay of Plenty is a place of beautiful harbours, long surf beaches and an easy-going lifestyle. We showcase the perfect place to explore a wide range of nature-based pursuits – this gives the people of the Bay of Plenty the chance for a better work-life balance. 

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Population: 425,000
The Waikato region is known for its natural beauty, rich Māori culture, and agricultural heritage with something to offer visitors of all interests.

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Population: 48,000
In family-friendly Tairāwhiti you will experience an easier pace to life that allows you to pause and reflect, and enjoy a true work life balance. Gisborne’s relative isolation is its charm, surrounded by beaches & nature - don't worry though! Larger cities are only a quick flight away.

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Population: 110,000
The Lakes District is well known for its geothermal activity and natural hot springs. The area is located in the central North Island and is home to many geothermal attractions, such as geysers, hot mud pools, and steam vents. Visitors can also relax in the region's natural hot springs, which are believed to have healing properties. 

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Population: 130,000
Taranaki is a magical place with a majestic mountain at its heart, including the rugged coastline that's world-renowned for its surf. Its residents' love of art and culture, cafes and outdoor living mean it's also fantastic to work—and play!

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Te Matau a Māui Hawke's Bay

Population: 165,000
The Hawke's Bay region is home to many world-class wineries and vineyards, and is also famous for its beautiful landscapes, stunning beaches, and art deco architecture. Additionally, Hawke's Bay is a popular destination for food and wine tourism, outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling, and cultural events such as the annual Art Deco Weekend festival.

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Population: 65,000
Whanganui has something for everyone. Our centrally located region offers access to outdoor activities such as kayaking, skiing, surfing, tramping, cycling, fishing and hunting. Nestled between two snow-capped mountains, on the banks of Whanganui River there is always plenty to do and explore.

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Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley

Population: 445,000
Wellington, the capital city of Aotearoa New Zealand, is a bustling and diverse hub of culture and cosmopolitanism, renowned for its lively cafés, restaurants, and internationally acclaimed sporting and cultural events, all set against the stunning backdrop of a natural harbour. To the north of Wellington lie the regions of Porirua, Kapiti, and Hutt Valley.

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Population: 190,000
Get the best of both worlds - the perfect blend of rural and city living with the mountains, city and sea at your fingertips. 

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Population: 48,000
Located in Masterton in the Wellington Region, Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa is one of the smaller hospitals in the country with 89 inpatient beds providing comprehensive health services throughout the Wairarapa District.

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Nelson Marlborough

Population: 150,000
Nelson Marlborough has been dubbed the artistic capital with a thriving urban centre and one of New Zealand's sunniest regions.

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Te Tai o Poutini West Coast

Population: 32,000
Te Tai o Poutini/West Coast has views of both the mountain ranges and the ocean! It is an untamed natural wilderness of beautiful rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. 

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Waitaha Canterbury

Population: 600,000
The Canterbury region is a great place to live and work due to its natural beauty, vibrant economy, cultural diversity, strong community, and high quality of life.

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South Canterbury

Population: 62,000
The South Canterbury district is an area of stunning beauty with great lifestyle opportunities, a safe and welcoming family-friendly environment, affordable living, excellent educational opportunities and a wide range of cultural and sporting facilities.

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Population: 350,000
Well known for its beautiful natural scenery, which includes towering mountains, stunning fjords, majestic glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes. The region is also famous for its friendly communities, charming towns, and vibrant cities such as Dunedin and Invercargill. 

Our application process

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Step 1: Application

Complete & submit your application form for review

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Step 2: Review

Your application is reviewed by Kiwi Health Jobs

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Step 3: Referral

Your profile is referred to your chosen District & employers

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Step 4: Contact

You will be contacted by District recruitment teams

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Step 5: Handover

Your application moves through employers' hiring processes

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How Kiwi Health Jobs works for you!

When you submit an application, you will be redirected to Kiwi Health Jobs, our centralised recruitment portal. The Kiwi Health Jobs team are here to simplify the recruitment process by providing guidance, answering queries and connecting you to the right people in the Districts that you are most interested to work in.

Kiwi Health Jobs also advertises a wide range of vacancies across Health Sector, that includes vacancies at public, not-for-profit and private employers.

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Connecting you to locations in New Zealand that fit your lifestyle

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A choice of relocation packages to help you with the move

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Recruitment expertise to assess your career aspirations

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Our Candidate Kaitiaki (guides) ensure the best outcomes for you

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Settlement support when you arrive at your new home in New Zealand

Start your journey

For Physiotherapists, moving to Aotearoa New Zealand is a fantastic opportunity. For any queries concerning the process at any time, kindly send us a note.