Medical Roles in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty

Medical jobs in New Zealand

Sarah Peddie

The Bay of Plenty is a fast growing area in the North Island of New Zealand, which has become a popular expatriate destination for doctors and hospital clinical staff from all over the world, attracted by its magnificent scenery, hot sunny climate, abundance of leisure activities and proximity to Auckland. 

Aside from the lifestyle attractions, it offers excellent postgraduate, accredited training in all medical specialities, has a new clinical school, and two secondary care general hospitals which provide employment for specialists, registrars and house officers. 

The eastern Bay of Plenty has a large Maori population which brings the opportunity to practice medicine with this ethnic and cultural group and the chance to study the new speciality of rural and remote medicine which has its own specialist qualification and requires uniquely broad clinical skills.


The Bay of Plenty is located on the north coast of New Zealand and is famed for spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and geothermal wonders. It has a 125km long sandy coastline with some offshore islands, has a population of over 300,000 people and is the fifth most populous region in the country.

When James Cook arrived in New Zealand in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’. The Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, is no less plentiful today. Around Tauranga, the largest city, are hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit and citrus fruit to avocados. Add to this bounty the local craft beer and the plentiful fresh seafood and you just know that this is a place where you will dine well.

Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet for surfers all year round and voted New Zealand's best by TripAdvisor. For the adventurous, there’s skydiving and for those keener on terra firma, blokarting (small land yachts) will blow the cobwebs away.

Map of New Zealand North Island and the Bay of Plenty

Medical Practice Opportunities 

There are two major hospitals and many general practices in the Bay of Plenty region which have openings for general practitioners, junior hospital doctors (house officers and registrars) and specialists. Nurses and midwives are also sought and allied health professionals particularly in anaesthesia and radiation technology and clinical psychology are in high demand. 

Most employment contracts are permanent and eligible for pension benefits and paid holidays. Fixed term employment is often available to cover staff leave. Physician Specialists will receive relocation expenses but these are not available for junior physician roles. 

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The Bay of Plenty is renowned for its lifestyle opportunities and hot, sunny climate which means you can enjoy outdoor activities all year round. The region is home to stunning white sand beaches which attract residents and holidaymakers, surfers and sailors. Mount Maunganui set a the foot of a volcano is New Zealand's top surfing spot. 

Tauranga is a green and leafy city which is home to more than 115,000 people. Rotorua is world famous for its surrounding lakes and Whakatane is famed for recording the highest temperatures in NZ for 55 days per year, fishing and volcanoes.

You can experience everything from the native forest and waterfalls to amazing beaches to active geothermal wonders. You can do anything from kayaking, adventure sports to mountain hiking in your free time. 

If you are looking for a job in the Bay of Plenty then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you find the perfect job in the area.