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We are seeking a Consultant Gastroenterologist for a full-time permanent role in a 246-bed regional base hospital in Whangarei, located in the stunning subtropical Northland region of NZ.

This is the perfect time to discover all New Zealand has to offer and escape the northern hemisphere winter and enjoy the Kiwi Summer! 

  • Relaxed lifestyle in a subtropical climate just 2 hours from Auckland
  • FRACP or equivalent specialist qualification
  • ERCP desirable, but not essential
  • Affordable housing and excellent schools
  • Gateway to the Bay of Islands, world class diving and sailing, and many other lifestyle options

Northland covers an area of 12,600 square kilometres with a population of approximately 170,000, 32% of which identify as Maori. Whangarei Hospital is the largest hospital in Northland providing secondary care services, supported by three small district hospitals in picturesque Bay of Islands (Kawakawa), Kaitaia and Dargaville. Over 140 consultant specialists provide support in a wide range of specialties.

Joining a 2nd Specialist Gastroenterologist, you will be based primarily in Whangarei but will also have the opportunity to undertake some procedures in the smaller district hospitals too.

This role is an exciting addition to the team and you will therefore have the necessary broad experience and skills across Gastroenterology along with a sound understanding of contemporary models of care. In addition, 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 doctors in training and other clinical staff; and a commitment and willingness to be involved in to improving and developing services to meet the population need.

Currently the role does not involve internal medicine or on call but could be a consideration, if you wish.

Planning is also underway to re-develop endoscopy facilities and move to a dedicated suite expected within the next 12 months. Appointment to this role will enable the development of a more sustainable model for the management of bowel disease.

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $280,000 pa, depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary, which range NZ$155,040 - $219,000 pa
  • Includes NZ$16,000 CME Allowance pa + 10 days leave pa to attend conferences 
  • Dedicated non-clinical time, multidisciplinary teamworking, opportunities to be involved in teaching
  • Relocation assistance available

The Region

Whangarei is called the “Meeting place of the Pacific” because of its many international yachting visitors and the Northland region boasts some of the most scenic and exciting coastal areas of NZ in a subtropical climate. Its rich in Maori and European history, some of the oldest traces of Maori settlement can be found here and newcomers will experience a real connection with the culture and way of life.

With its high sunshine hours and fantastic natural environment, including white sandy beaches and native forests, it has the reputation of being one of the country’s premier tourist and lifestyle destinations, and is a popular holiday choice for both Kiwis and international visitors. As a result, the region has developed into a real melting pot of cultures, which provides valuable exposure and experiences both professionally and socially.

You can enjoy al fresco dining, world class scuba diving, fishing, sailing, golfing, surfing, swimming with dolphins and so much more. Popular water recreation areas include the Bay of Islands and Poor Knights Islands Reserves.

Whangarei has a busy domestic airport, as well as easy access transport links to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city which is only a two hour drive away

Find out more about Whangarei and the Northland region


Given the permanent nature of this role, you should be eligible for provisional vocational registration with Medical Council of New Zealand (or already hold vocational registration with MCNZ). This is the specialist pathway for registration and we can assist with paperwork if you are successfully appointed. You can check the MCNZ website here to self-assess your eligibility for this pathway.

Alternatively, eligibility for Locum Tenens registration with Medical Council of New Zealand will also be viewed favourably. Locum Tenens is a short term specialist registration, valid for up to 12 months only, which takes only 30 days to process once submitted. 

Contact Caroline O’Hagan for more details or to have a confidential chat.

Please note, Caroline has relocated from Edinburgh and is now based in Wellington, New Zealand.


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