About the Job

LinkedIn ShareShare

Photo credit:  https://www.rotoruanz.com/

Be based in NZ’s coolest hotspot in the central North Island!

We’re seeking an experienced Consultant Cardiologist for the District General Hospital in Rotorua, in the beautiful Lakes region of the Central North Island. 

  • Permanent position, commence in 2020
  • Stunning landscapes – lakes, mountains, national parks, geothermal activity
  • Easy access to beautiful beaches and seasonal premier ski fields 
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCP with CCT
  • Participate in the acute general medicine on call roster
  • Well-respected teaching hospital, popular with doctors in training

You will join a team of experienced physicians with subspecialty qualifications in Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Respiratory and Obstetric Medicine. In addition to supporting and further developing non-invasive diagnostics, as part of the team, it is hoped you will also participate in the acute general medicine on-call roster for part of the year, as well.

Cardiac services are provided within general medicine and it includes delivery of inpatient Cardiology support on CCU, dedicated specialist cardiology clinics and a range of non-invasive diagnostic modalities (ambulatory cardiac monitoring, 2D/3D transthoracic ECHO, trans-oesophageal ECHO, contrast echocardiography, CT coronary angiography).

There is good support by administrative staff and all levels of junior medical staff.


For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in cardiology and general internal medicine, and a sound understanding of contemporary models of care.

You will also have proven leadership skills and experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; an interest in medical education and teaching, including providing supervision and education to house officers, registrars and other clinical staff; and of course, a commitment in contributing to ongoing quality improvement programmes.


If you’re not familiar with this part of New Zealand, Rotorua and the Lakes region is stunning and an area of unique natural beauty and geothermal activity, offering a great outdoors lifestyle, perfect for taking advantage of the region’s hot summers and mild winters.

Although it’s a relatively small city (population 59,000), it’s vibrant and has a huge tourist and adventure sports industry that drives the local economy and welcomes tourists from all over the world, all year round.

If you enjoy the adrenalin buzz; hanging off rocks, jumping off bridges, rafting down fierce water, doing triathlons, ziplining through trees, mountain biking some great trails, then you’ll love it here…

But there’s lots to do if you also enjoy a more leisurely pace of life too, with funky little cafés, bars and restaurants, fishing, sailing, exploring the many lakes, as well as the proximity to places such as the beaches in Tauranga (1hr drive), Hamilton (1hr 20min) and Auckland (3 hrs). You can simply enjoy living in a unique location in a lovely climate.

It’s also an area steeped in history and legend, a place where Tikanga Māori (Māori culture) is celebrated – making this a truly unique place to live.

There is a domestic airport with daily flights to Auckland’s international airport, making connections to/from Rotorua very easy (45 minutes).

Find out more about the Rotorua Lifestyle here

What’s on offer?

  • Total package ranges NZ$190,000 - $280,000 per annum, depending on experience
  • This includes: Base salary from NZ$161,304 to $240,000 pa (approx £83,000 to £125,000 pa), depending on level of experience; On call calculated on top of your base; Continuing Medical Education Allowance NZ$16,000 + 10 days CME leave pa.
  • Plus relocation assistance

Medical Registration

Ideally, you will hold FRACP and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

If you are an overseas specialist cardiologist and/or general physician, you will hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia (FRACP), the UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCT), Canada (FRCPC) or USA (Board certification) that will enable Provisional Vocational (long term) registration or Locum Tenens (short term up to 12 months) registration.

These are the specialist pathways for medical registration in NZ for physicians and we can assist with medical registration and the work visa, if successfully appointed.

** Primary Source Verification using EPIC **

From 1st November 2017, all relevant qualifications must now be verified by ECFMG using the EPIC system on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  

If you are committed to working in New Zealand, we encourage doctors to start this process off as soon as possible if you hold qualifications from outside NZ.  Delays in verifications can impact on start dates, if not completed timeously.  Candidates are invited to log on to EPIC and complete this step online.  EPIC verifies your identity and your qualifications directly with you.

Log on to EPIC here and read the FAQs section about how to get started.


For a discussion about this role or
other opportunities contact Caroline today.

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

See what it’s like working abroad

Find out more about living and working overseas from doctors who have previously made the move.

View testimonials

View our top locations

We recruit to a number of countries across the globe – discover more about your preferred destinations.

View locations

Latest Job Alerts

Get all the latest job alerts straight to your inbox