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 

  • 29 February 2016 to 29 May 2016
  • 30 May 2016 to 28 August 2016
  • 29 August 2016 to 27 November 2016
  • 28 November 2016 to 26 February 2017
  • 27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
  • 29 May 2017 to 27 August 2017
  • 28 August 2017 to 26 November 2017

Registrar run quarters

  • 14 December 2015 to 12 June 2016
  • 13 June 2016 to 11 December 2016
  • 12 December 2016 to 11 June 2017
  • 12 June 2017 to 10 December 2017

Emergency Registrars change over on 13 June 2016.

Nelson HospitalWairau Hospital
33 House Officers
24 Registrars
17 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 Hospital Enquiries
Email: loretta.matheson@nmdhb.govt.nz

Wairau Hospital Enquiries
Email: jenine.down@nmdhb.govt.nz