New Zealand

New Zealand Jobs for Doctors and Medical Professionals 

Capital: Wellington

Major Languages: English, Māori, NZ Sign Language

Currency: NZ Dollar

New Zealand / Aotearoa, “Land of the Long White Cloud”, is a relatively small country with majestic landscapes and beautiful coastlines. Made up of the North Island, the South Island and Stewart Island, there is a lot to explore. The climate and landscape changes as you travel from north to south, from east to west, inland to coastal, from summer to winter.

With a population of almost 5 million, New Zealand is similar in landmass to the whole of the UK but with a small population similar to that of only Scotland.

It’s possible to come to New Zealand on a fixed-term contract (12 months minimum) to see how you like it, or permanently if you’re ready to make the commitment. 

Why New Zealand?

  • New Zealanders are passionate about their cultural identity, sports, the arts and music. If you are an outdoor enthusiast looking for an achievable work/ life balance, this is the place for you!

  • Incredible scenery and native wildlife. Explore the country from the majestic mountains to the white sandy beaches and in between. See marine life and native birds in their natural habitat

  • There are no geographical restrictions - you can work in the bigger cities or coastal towns, be semi-rural, or be based in remote and rural locations. Whatever your lifestyle and family needs are, we can tailor the job search to suit you.

There are opportunities to:

  • Experience a new professional challenge

  • Work for 12 months on a fixed-term contract or on a permanent basis

  • Work in a comparable health system and share your knowledge

  • Be supported in your special interest

  • Teach and be involved in medical education

  • Be involved in research

  • Take on a leadership role

  • Make a genuine difference in the local community

Who We Are:


Head Medical is the UK's specialist in international medical recruitment. We have helped many doctors relocate to New Zealand since 2008, placing consultant/specialist doctors, general practitioners, and doctors-in-training (SHO and registrars) in locations all around NZ. We know it’s important to balance career opportunities with lifestyle, and we’ll talk through your plans and get to know you to ensure we find the right role in the right location.


We liaise regularly with The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), and we understand the registration pathways and how best to get you to New Zealand.


We employ a Licensed Immigration Adviser for New Zealand, so we can provide visa advice based on your individual or family circumstances. 


If successfully appointed, we manage the medical registration and visa applications for you, navigating you through the process right up until you start work in New Zealand.


Drop us an email with a copy of your CV and tell us about what type of role you’re looking for:


Our New Zealand Team:

  • Alasdair Little - Consultant / Specialist Doctors 

  • Sharon Spence – Junior Doctors / Doctors in Training

  • Aarron Holden – General Practitioners (Family Medicine)

Like what you hear? Check out our latest jobs below and give us a call on +44 (0) 131 226 2200 or drop us an email at


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