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

We’re seeking an experienced Consultant General Surgeon (Upper & Lower GI) 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
  • FRACS or equivalent specialist qualifications, e.g. FRCS with CCT/ CCST
  • Must be proficient in both Upper and Lower GI
  • Special interest in Upper GI welcomed
  • 1:7 on-call roster
  • Well-respected teaching hospital, popular with doctors in training

This role involves inpatient, outpatient and surgical work at both the Health Board’s Rotorua and Taupo Hospital sites (total catchment popn: 100,000). Both hospitals have recently had significant upgrades and the addition of new facilities.


For this role, you will have broad specialist experience in general surgery, particularly in upper and lower GI, 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.

*Applicants are required to provide an overview of their surgical logbook of procedures with their CV (outlining the name of procedure, number of each procedure performed, their role in performing each procedure).

*If successfully appointed, please note a full logbook must be submitted with a specialist registration application to the Medical Council of New Zealand, preferably dating from the applicant’s period of postgraduate training to the present day as a specialist General Surgeon.


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 - $300,000 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 FRACS and full Vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

If you are an overseas-trained general surgeon, you should hold equivalent specialist qualifications from either Australia, UK (via CCT), Ireland (via CCST), Canada, South Africa, or the USA 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 General Surgeons 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.

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


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

caroline@headmedical.com / +64 225214705

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