Tairāwhiti Gisborne

In family-friendly Tairāwhiti you will experience an easier pace to life that allows you to pause and reflect, and enjoy a true work life balance. Gisborne’s relative isolation is its charm, surrounded by beaches & nature - don't worry though! Larger cities are only a quick flight away.

Photo credit: Anauru Bay, Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Anauru Bay, Gisborne | Source: TairawhitiGisborne
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About the Region

The Tairāwhiti region is located on the eastern coast of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. The city of Gisborne is the largest settlement in the region.

Tairāwhiti is well known for its stunning coastal scenery, excellent surf beaches, and rich Māori culture. Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day and has a reputation for amazing food, wine, beer, and is renowned for its short commute times.

Tairawhiti Gisborne District as shown on the map of the North Island
Cyclists at Motu Paki

Health New Zealand - Tairāwhiti Gisborne

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 - Tairāwhiti Gisborne District

Health New Zealand - Tairāwhiti is a secondary care facility situated on the beautiful East Coast, comprising of urban and rural communities covering a large area & serving a population of approximately 48,000.

Photo location: Motu Paki

Gisborne Hospital

The Hospital is located within a 5-minute drive of the town centre on the fringe of the city making your commute a breeze.

With a strong commitment to addressing inequities, we provide a comprehensive range of services in our 110 bed hospital.

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne's health services

Services A to L

Aged Care (Te Ara Tiaki Pakeke)
Casual Nursing Pool
Day of Surgery Unit
District Nursing
Emergency Theatre
Longterm Conditions

Services M to Z

Medical Day Unit
Satellite Dialysis
Well Child

Relocating to Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Haere mai! Welcome to Tairāwhiti. Are you ready to embark on your journey in Tairāwhiti? With beautiful beaches and landscapes a matter of minutes from work, you'll be sure to love working and living here. 

Getting around Gisborne in camper van | Credit: GisborneNZ

Getting around

Traveling around Gisborne offers a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural immersion. The main city itself is known for its relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and cultural events.

Getting around Gisborne in camper van | Credit: GisborneNZ

Getting around

Photo credit: GisborneNZ

When you arrive

Rental car and airport pickup

When you get to Gisborne, you will be met at the airport by your manager or Head of Department. They will help you to settle in. 

Driving in New Zealand

You can legally drive in NZ for up to 12 months per visit with your current driver's license. After 12 months, you will need to convert to a New Zealand license. Learn more about driving in NZ here.


Other ways to travel around Tairāwhiti Gisborne
  • GizzyBus operates four bus routes from the city centre to outer suburbs Monday to Friday. 
  • Intercity buses to travel to or from Gisborne.
  • Gisborne taxis are of course also available as well as rental vehicles. 


Gisborne City aerial view

Housing options

Looking for a place to live in Gisborne? You'll find a range of housing options, from beachfront properties to suburban homes and even places closer to the city centre.

Gisborne city aerial view (landscape)

Housing options

When you arrive

Temporary accommodation

If a bond agreement has been offered to you, Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora will provide you with financial support to relocate and get settled to the value outlined in your employment agreement. Health New Zealand - Tairāwhiti provides a range of short-term facilities for staff to rent on the campus while they get settled into their home. All accommodation is fully furnished, rent may be charged for accommodation. Staff may store belongings off-site at local storage facilities. Our Logistics team will work with you to locate suitable medium to long term accommodation. 

Other short-term options


Renting is a great way to get to know the locality. Local rental agencies can help you to locate a rental, and searching online is also a good place to start. Note that most rentals in Aotearoa are unfurnished however furniture and whiteware can be rented in some parts of the country.  

Rental agencies


Buying or building a house

We understand that moving to a new country is a major move, and buying or building a house there makes it even more significant. For healthcare professionals on NZ's Green List of roles, there's a unique opportunity to expedite the residency process. Normally, only residents and citizens can buy or build a house. When you can, use this tool to find out more about the process.



Mahia camping kayakers | Source: GisborneNZ Tolaga bay camping | Credit: tairawhiti gisborne image library

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 locations + credit: Tolaga Bay (Tairāwhiti Gisborne Image Library); Mahia (GisborneNZ)

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

Interested in relocating to Tairāwhiti Gisborne? 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.