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

  • 25 February 2019 to 26 May 2019
  • 27 May 2019 to 25 August 2019
  • 26 August 2019 to 24 November 2019
  • 25 November to 23 February 2020
  • 24 February to 24 May 2020
  • 25 May 2020 to 23 August 2020
  • 24 August 2020 to November 2020

Registrar run quarters

  • 10 December 2018 to 9 June 2019
  • 10 June 2019 to 8 December 2019
  • 9 December 2019 to 7 June 2020
  • 8 June 2020 to 13 December 2020
Nelson HospitalWairau Hospital
46 House Officers
26 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]