Locuming offers work on your terms.
Locum doctor's lifestyle

Thousands of placements are now available in hospitals, clinics and medical centres across New Zealand. Experience life across opportunities in rural and urban locations, on both the North and South Islands. Spend more time doing the things you love, or with the people you love.

IMG in New Zealand

Take control of where and when you work for a better work-life balance. Placements last anything from a few hours to a year. Make good money while considering your next move. We can show you ways of working that you may not have considered with vast opportunities across New Zealand.

Happy locum doctor

Explore diverse and interesting areas of medicine. Discover a new career path and try different working environments with New Zealand's diverse communities. Feel appreciated and share your time and skills with remote and urban populations that needs your expertise.

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You can choose when you want to work, how long you want to work for and then you can choose when you go back. It’s enabled me to have more time to spend with the family.

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Dr Kevin Naidoo , General Surgeon
Hottest NZ locum jobs

Specialist Consultant

General medicine/physician

  • Thames, North Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $2,400 per day
  • 01 Jul 2024 ~ 04 Oct 2024
Located in the heart of New Zealand, this public hospital is a leading healthcare provider in the region. The hospital is situated in a picturesque location, surrounded by lush greenery and scenic landscapes. The hospital is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced medical tech...


Emergency medicine

  • Timaru, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $220 per hour
  • 14 Jul 2024 ~ 26 Jul 2024
This is a public hospital in the southern Canterbury region, providing a range of inpatient, outpatient and community secondary services. The hospital provides 24/7 acute medical, surgical and maternity services, Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation (AT&R) services for older persons and a numb...

Specialist Consultant

Gastroenterology and hepatology

  • Palmerston North, North Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $2,000 per day
  • NOW ~ 28 Jun 2024
This public hospital in New Zealand is located in a bustling city with a population of over 80,000 people. The hospital is a major healthcare provider in the region, offering a wide range of medical services to the local community. The hospital has a strong reputation for providing high-quality c...
The perks of locuming with Medrecruit
Locum doctor's lifestyle
91% lifestyle improved

Get time back for the things you love outside of medicine, enhance your lifestyle, and reclaim work-life balance. But don't take our word for it, 91% of our locum doctors said their lifestyle was improved.

New Zealand locum doctor
Earn up to $3500/day

Locum doctors can earn fantastic rates with flexible hours and locations across Australia and New Zealand. No matter your future financial goals - locuming is a great way to boost your earnings. In Australia, locums may earn up to $4000/day.

Travel & accomodation covered
Travel & accomodation covered

For most placements, your travel and accommodation costs are covered. This means you get to explore new places with no cost to you.

Doctors first. Then jobs. That's our difference.

Life as a doctor demands you give everything. Dr Sam Hazledine learned this first as an intern. Years later Medrecruit was his response. Sam successfully lobbied the World Medical Association to amend the Declaration of Geneva (the modern-day Hippocratic Oath) to include:

I will attend to my own health, wellbeing, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.

Medrecruit continue to advocate for, educate and work towards better health and wellbeing for all doctors. With a multitude of locum opportunities across New Zealand, there are countless ways to pursue a lifestyle and career that suits your needs.

A doctor's perspective
New Zealand locum doctor
Our Doctors
The journey of an Australian doctor who found balance, adventure, and rewarding work locuming in New Zealand.
Article by Jordy Black | 06 Jun 2023
Dr Kevin Naidoo - working as a locum surgeon
Our Doctors
The search for a better lifestyle as a general surgeon. Dr Kevin Naidoo shares his journey from South Africa to NZ
Article by Dr Kevin Naidoo | 14 May 2021
Locum doctor life
Our Doctors
Dr Dolores del Estal on travelling New Zealand in a campervan with her partner and their beloved Great Dane dog, Gamba.
Article by Bethany Rogers | 21 Jul 2022

Looking for something different?

Not sure working as a locum doctor is the right fit for your medical career at present? We have a wide variety of permanent doctor jobs available across New Zealand and Australia. From vibrant city centers to idyllic rural communities, we offer the perfect opportunity for you to gain experience in your career and make a lasting impact.

Enjoy the stability of long-term employment while still satiating your passion for practicing medicine. Our extensive network of healthcare facilities and hospitals ensures that we can match your skills and interests to the ideal permanent role, providing a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Think permanent work might be the right fit for you?