Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty is a place of beautiful harbours, long surf beaches and an easy-going lifestyle. We showcase the perfect place to explore a wide range of nature-based pursuits – this gives the people of the Bay of Plenty the chance for a better work-life balance. 

Photo location + credit: Mount Maunganui - Camilla Rutherford

Mt Maunganui | Credit: Camilla Rutherford
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About the Region

The Bay of Plenty is located on the sunny eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island. The region includes cities and towns such as Tauranga, Whakatāne, Te Puke, Kawerau and Murupara. 

The Bay of Plenty lives up to its name and is well-known for its stunning coastline, and favourable weather. The mild climate in the region is quite popular among vacationers, retirees, and individuals seeking a lifestyle removed from urban centers.

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Moutohora Island, Bay of Plenty - Camilla Rutherford

Health New Zealand - Bay of Plenty

About Health New Zealand

Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora is the Government organisation that provides publicly-funded universal health care to 5 million Kiwis.

The management and delivery of health services are broken down into 'Districts' across the country, determined by both geographic location and population.


About the Health New Zealand - Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty District

Health New Zealand - Bay of Plenty is one of 20 health districts in Aotearoa, New Zealand and one of five that make up the Midland region. We serve a population of approximately 255,110 residents, with 199,751 in the Western Bay of Plenty and 55,359 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty across two hospitals based in Tauranga and Whakatāne.

Photo location + credit: Moutohora Island, Bay of Plenty - Camilla Rutherford

Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospital

Health New Zealand - Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty is one of the Bay of Plenty’s largest employers with over 4500 staff. Our major population centres are Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki. 

The Bay of Plenty is growing at a faster rate than the New Zealand population as a whole. The population is forecast to grow by 20.5% between 2016 and 2026. Most of this growth is expected in the Western Bay of Plenty (particularly Tauranga), with the Eastern Bay of Plenty expected to have a static or declining population.

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The Bay of Plenty health services

Services A to H

Adolescent health
Adolescent mental health
Allied Health
Child health services and support
Breast screening
Cervical screening
Child development
Child health services and support
Community therapy
Support Net | Disability services and support
District nursing
Ear, nose and throat
Emergency department (ED)
General surgery
Health in Ageing
Healthy Hearts Cardiac Rehab Programme

Services I to Z

Infectious diseases
Mental health and addiction
National Bowel Screening Programme
Newborn hearing screening
Occupational therapy
Oral health and dental care
Pelvic health
Planned care services
Pregnancy and maternity
Renal services
Sexual health
Social work
SORTED | Youth alcohol and other drugs service Bay of Plenty
Speech and language therapy
Toi Te Ora | Public Health
Vascular surgery

Relocating to the Bay of Plenty

Get ready to uncover the hidden gems of the breathtaking Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. Moving here means more than just a new job, it means immersing yourself in a tranquil and adventurous way of life.

Whakatane harbour picnic | Credit: Tourism Bay of Plenty

Getting around

The Bay of Plenty offers a perfect place to explore a wide range of nature-based pursuits from its beautiful harbours, long surf beaches and an easygoing lifestyle.

Whakatane harbour Bay of Plenty | Credit: Tourism Bay of Plenty

Getting around

Photo credit: Tourism Bay of Plenty

When you arrive

Your Bay of Plenty adventure begins now!

To ensure a seamless transition, we're delighted to share that successful candidates, as per their employment agreement, can enjoy the convenience of airport pickup and a rental car. This means you can embark on your Bay of Plenty adventure without delay. 

Driving in New Zealand

You're allowed to use your current driver's license in New Zealand for up to 12 months per visit. After that, you'll need to convert to a New Zealand license. Find out more about driving in New Zealand here.


Other ways to travel in the Bay of Plenty
  • Tauranga Regional Council buses operate from the city centre to outer suburbs.
  • Baybus operates in Whakatāne. Information on bus routes can be found here.
  • You can pay for the bus using either cash or by Bee Card, which is a reloadable pre-pay transport card.
  • Taxis, shuttles and ride sharing services like Ola, Zoomy, and Uber are also available as well as a variety of rental vehicle providers. 


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Housing options

There are plenty of options available throughout the region. Welcome to the vibrant community that is the Bay of Plenty! Your role as a healthcare professional is highly valued here.

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Housing options

When you arrive

Short term accommodation

To ensure a seamless start to your new life, your employer may be able to provide temporary accommodation options dependent on your employment agreement as you settle into the Bay of Plenty. Please speak to your hiring manager regarding what we might be able to offer. You may consider booking temporary accommodation until you can find a longer-term rental. 

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Renting in the Bay of Plenty is a fantastic way to discover the diverse neighbourhoods and lifestyle options. Searching online is a good place to start, you can also check out local rental agencies to help you find a rental. Note that most rentals in Aotearoa are unfurnished however furniture and whiteware can be rented in some parts of the country. 

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Buying or building a house

Dreaming of a place to call your own? We understand that moving to a new country is a major move, and buying or building a house there makes it even more significant. If you're a healthcare professional on NZ's Green List of roles, you have a unique opportunity to speed up your residency process. Normally, only residents and citizens can buy a home to live in in New Zealand. When you can, use this tool to find out if you can purchase a house in New Zealand.


beach horse trek | Source: Bay of Plenty Brand Library Moutohora Island | Credit: Camilla Rutherford

Take the next step

Decided to move to Aotearoa, New Zealand?

Fill out our five-minute form with your details, and we'll match you to your preferred location based on your experience and preferences.

Photo location + credit: Bay of Plenty Library, Moutohora Island (Camilla Rutherford)

We'd love to help, reach out to us!

Interested in relocating to the Bay of Plenty? Our dedicated team is here to provide guidance and support throughout your journey, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.