About Nelson Marlborough

Nelson Marlborough Health encompasses a wide area across the top of the South Island of New Zealand with a population of around 145,000. There are two main hospitals, Nelson Hospital in Nelson with 140 patient beds and Wairau Hospital in Blenheim approximately 65 patient beds.

The Nelson Marlborough region offers a mild climate year round with some of the best sunshine hours in the country. There are magnificent landscapes including alpine lakes, wide sandy coastlines, memorable mountain ranges and spectacular national parks. Even better, all of it is in easy reach to allow either a relaxed or active lifestyle depending on your preference.

Outdoor activities include sea kayaking, sailing, tramping, rafting, fishing, diving, mountain biking, sea swims, walking and skiing. Or you can just sit on one of the many spectacular beaches and enjoy the moment. In addition to the many world renowned wineries based throughout the Nelson and Marlborough region, there are boutique breweries offering a taste of something different. Something for everybody!


Resident Medical Officers obtain a wide range of experience through working in a smaller hospital environment.

Annual recruitment is in line with the 20 New Zealand DHB recruitment timetable however we will accept applications throughout the entire year as vacancies will frequently become available especially in February and May quarters.

House Officer run quarters

  • 18 January to 18 April 2021
  • 19 April to 18 July 2021
  • 19 July to 17 October 2021
  • 18 October to 16 January 2022

Registrar run quarters

  • 8 June to 31 January 2021
  • 1 February to 1 August 2021
  • 2 August to 30 January 2022
Nelson HospitalWairau Hospital
46 House Officers
32 Registrars
21 House Officers

How to apply

To apply for a House Officer or Registrar position please click one of the options below:

Apply for Nelson and Wairau House Officer positions on the Kiwi Health Jobs website.

Please note: We follow the national recruitment timetable for offers and appointment of First Year House Officers as outlined on the Health Careers/ACE website.
Nelson and Wairau Hospital Enquiries
Email: [email protected]