A Guide to Working in Nelson, New Zealand

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In this location guide series, we will showcase what it is like to work in one specific region in either Australia or New Zealand. Each episode will highlight the unique benefits of the chosen location and their facilities, while outlining the opportunities available to our doctors.

Nelson, New Zealand

Situated on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, Nelson is the oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest in New Zealand –established in 1841 and declared a city by royal charter in 1858.

Nelson is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, featuring everything from seemingly never-ending golden beaches to mesmerising forests and ruggedly stunning mountains. Everything is easily within reach, whether you arrive via ferry from the North Island, fly into the airport, or drive up from the South.

Nelson Marlborough Health

Nelson Marlborough Health:

  • is the main funder and provider of health services in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions
  • aids nearly 145,000 people
  • employs more people than any other organisation in the region – around 2,500 people
  • comprised of two hospitals, two public health services and various community services.

Nelson Hospital in particular, provides approximately 140 beds for Nelson and Tasman patients. Wairau Hospital also refers Marlborough patients to Nelson Hospital for specialised services. For more information, visit the NMDHB website.


There are several transport options in Nelson, with locals and visitors well served by rental cars, buses, taxis and more. Its central location means it is an easy region to access by land, sea or air with most areas accessible by multiple modes of transportation. For more details on transport options, click here.


Nelson offers a surprisingly diverse range of accommodation, most of which takes full advantage of the stunning natural landscapes in the region’s environment. For more information on the accommodation available, click here.

Closing Thoughts

Sunny Nelson is an ideal location for sun worshippers and lovers of nature. Outside of work, there’s countless opportunities to explore the beautiful region with its world-renowned beaches, arty culture and friendly locals. Contact the team today to learn more about the region and the many senior consultant roles on offer.

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