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We are seeking a Consultant in Rural Hospital Medicine for a full-time role in Kawakawa in the Bay of Islands, Northland.

Just 3 hours drive north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands is a beautiful subtropical region, and a premier tourist destination, known for its sailing, diving and big game fishing and many other water sports.

If you’re a doctor who loves the outdoor life, you won’t get a better location than this.

  • Relaxed coastal lifestyle just 3 hours from Auckland
  • Varied and interesting casemix
  • Welcoming team, family friendly shift roster
  • Experience marine wildlife - penguins, dolphins, whales and birds
  • Explore the boutique towns, wineries and native Kauri forest – Opua, Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri
  • Sea kayaking, diving, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing and more.

Bay of Islands Hospital is a busy 15 bed rural hospital that cares for medical, post-surgical and paediatric patients along with a fast paced Accident & Medical Department. The role of the Consultant/Specialist is to provide medical care to acutely ill patients as well as the management of inpatients on the General Ward. The cases managed at Bay of Islands Hospital are complex and interesting, with specialist support provided from Whangarei Hospital (45 min drive away).

You will therefore have a broad base of general medical experience and a proven ability to practice safely as a sole medical officer in an isolated rural setting, dealing with a wide range of general medical/surgical conditions, including emergency stabilisation and treatments before transfer of critically ill patients.

In return for your specialist skills and expertise, you will find the team also actively encourages work-life balance, they operate a family friendly shift roster allowing you the time and freedom to explore your stunning surroundings.

So, if the rural coastal lifestyle is for you, this is an ideal location, especially with the NZ summer just around the corner…

What’s on offer?

  • Total package circa NZ$180,000 - $280,000 pa, depending on level of experience
  • Includes base salary range NZ$155,040 - $219,000, depending on level of experience
  • Also includes annual continuing medical education allowance and CME leave to attend conferences, activities etc.
  • Plus dedicated non-clinical time and multidisciplinary teamworking
  • And relocation assistance is additional

The Region

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.

Bay of Islands has a small airport with direct flights to Auckland (35 min flight), allowing you to connect quickly to international flights to/from New Zealand.

Find out more about the Bay of Islands and Northland region here.


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. In addition, this link is also helpful: MCNZ Rural Hospital Medicine scope of practice

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 is based in Wellington, New Zealand.

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