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Moving to New Zealand

Moving to New Zealand

New Zealand is known as the “adventure capital of the world”, and combines that well-deserved reputation with breathtaking scenery and an enviable work-life balance.

The culture in New Zealand is diverse, sophisticated and famously welcoming, with a high percentage of now permanent residents having made the journey from foreign shores originally themselves. The major cities like Auckland and the capital Wellington are modern and cosmopolitan, yet charming.

The landscape ranges from beaches and temperate rainforests on the North Island, to the incredibly stunning mountainous regions of the Southern Alps on the South Island, made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You will find that in some areas, you can be just a few hours' drive from world class ski fields, lush rainforests and beautiful beaches all at the same time.

For more information on each of New Zealand's regions visit the New Zealand tourism website at

To be eligible to work in New Zealand, international doctors are required to meet one of the registration pathways dictated by the Medical Council of New Zealand, as well as holding a valid work visa. IMR LocumBank’s team are experts in assisting with all New Zealand regulatory requirements, so please contact us to discuss your specific situation.

If you are already working in Australia or New Zealand and are interested in taking up short term locum work, please visit our Locums in Australia and New Zealand page.

For more detailed information about working in New Zealand as a doctor, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or feel free to get in contact with us.

New Zealand's tourism website has in depth information about the many lifestyle options that this beautiful country has to offer. Below are some quick links to some of the more popular pastimes that "Kiwis" (New Zealand's national bird and a common nickname for a New Zealander) and visitors to the country enjoy:

Maori Culture