7 Reasons to Relocate as a GP to New Zealand

7 Reasons why you need to Relocate as a GP to New Zealand

High Quality of Life

New Zealand frequently tops ‘most liveable’ surveys. New Zealand was rate 2nd in the world for work / life balance in HSBC’s 2015 expat survey and Auckland came third in the Top Ten Liveable cities in 2016. New Zealand is a well developed country with a high quality of life which comes from the laid-back lifestyle, friendly locals, positive work-life balance and short commuting time.

Safe, friendly place to bring up a family

New Zealand was ranked as the 3rd safest country in the 2015 Global Peace Index. There’s not even any dangerous wildlife to contend with.

Leading Education System

All eight of New Zealand’s universities appeared in the top 500 QS World University Rankings 2015/16, with 50% of them in the top 250. New Zealand has a reputation as a provider of quality education offering excellent study opportunities and support services in a safe learning environment. Read our New Zealand Schools blog here

Relatively Low Cost of Living

Mercer’s 2015 Cost of Living survey rated Auckland is the 61st and Wellington the 83rd most expensive city to live in, compare this with London ranked 12th , New York 16th and Sydney 31st.  Read our blog post on New Zealand Cost of living for GPs

Great Climate

Summers are generally warm and dry while winters are relatively mild and wet. Most major cities in New Zealand get over 2000 sunshine hours per year compared to a UK average of just over 1400.  This allows for a much more outdoor lifestyle for the whole family.

GP Job Opportunities

As a GP you can expect to earn around £80 – £100K whilst paying a maximum tax rate of 33%. You will enjoy a relaxed working environment, lots of support, less paperwork and 15 minute consultations with patients.

Wonderful outdoor activities

New Zealand is a relatively small island and easy to navigate. It boasts glorious sandy beaches, mountains, lakes and fjords. You can, within a short drive of most cities, find spots to swim, visit wineries, ski and get involved in adventure activities.

Further Reading

Cost of Living in New Zealand

Moving Pets to New Zealand

How does the NZ Education System Compare