Hawke's Bay

Known for its world-class wineries, stunning beaches and temperate climate, Hawke’s Bay boasts a lifestyle that is unmatched. The region is a popular destination for food and wine tourism, hiking, cycling and cultural events such as the annual Art Deco festival.

Photo location: Te Mata Peak

Te Mata Peak at sunrise (stock image, optimised)
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About the Region

Hawke's Bay is located on the east coast of the North Island in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Hawke’s Bay is made up of four distinct geographic localities; the urban cities of Napier and Hastings, as well as Wairoa in the north, and Central Hawke’s Bay in the south.

The region is well-known for its mild and pleasant climate, stunning beaches, and extensive farmland, orchards, and vineyards. Napier, which was constructed in a unique Art Deco style, is adjacent to Hastings, the agricultural service centre of the region.

Hawkes Bay
Cape Kidnappers Hawkes Bay Gary Lisbon

Health New Zealand - Hawke's Bay

About Health New Zealand

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora provides publicly funded health care to five million people. The delivery of health services is subdivided into four regions and twenty districts, determined by geography and population.


About the Health New Zealand - Te Matau a Māui Hawke’s Bay District

Health NZ in Hawke’s Bay serves a population of approximately 180,000. Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital is the main acute hospital and specialist service provider in the region, employing more than 4,000 staff.
There are smaller satellite sites in Central Hawke’s Bay, Napier and Wairoa.

Photo location + credit: Cape Kidnappers, Gary Libson


Healthcare Services in Hawke's Bay

Community & Outpatient Services

  • Allied Health 

    • Audiology  

    • Dietetics

    • Occupational Therapy  

    • Physiotherapy 

  • Cancer Care

  • Community Nursing  

  • Community Oral Health Services

  • Disability Support Services

  • District Nursing 

  • Hoki kit e Kāinga – Home Support Services 

  • Māori Health Services

  • Mental Health & Addiction

  • Oral Health/Dental Services 

  • Outpatient Palliative Care
  • Sexual Health 

  • Social Work 

Family Health Services

  • Childrens Services

    • Child Development Services

    • Paediatric and child services  

  • Maternity Services

  • Older Persons Services 

Hospital Services

  • Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit

  • General Surgery  

  • Emergency Department  

  • Intensive Care Unit 

  • Laboratory Services

  • Palliative Care 

  • Radiology Services  

  • Surgical Services  

Specialist Services

  • Anaesthesia 

  • Cardiology  

  • Dermatology 

  • Endocrinology 

  • Gastroenterology  

  • Genetics 

  • Haematology

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Mental Health & Addiction  

  • Metabolic Medicine 

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology 

  • Oncology

  • Ophthalmology 

  • Orthopaedics 

  • Otolaryngology or ENT 

  • Pathology 

  • Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Renal 

  • Respiratory 

  • Rheumatology 

  • Urology 

Relocating to Hawke's Bay

Haere mai. Welcome to Te Matau a Māui (Hawke's Bay). Deliver exceptional patient care within a warm community, a region well-known for award-winning wineries and stunning vineyard landscapes. 

Photo locations: Bell Rock, Napier (left); Pandora Walkway, Napier (right)

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Getting around

Award-winning food and wine, outstanding architecture, and warm balmy days surrounded by magnificent landscapes – Hawke's Bay is pure paradise.

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Getting around

When you arrive

Rental car and airport pick up

To make your transition as smooth as possible, we're delighted to offer the option of airport pickup and a rental car when you get to Napier. Be sure to check your arrangements with your Manager/Head of Department; they will help you to settle in.

Driving in New Zealand

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


Other ways to travel Hawkes Bay
  • Go Bay bus operates from the city centre to outer suburbs.
  • MyWay is an on demand public transport service getting you to more places around Hastings quickly and easily.
  • Hastings Taxis Limited and Half Price cabs are also available as well as rental vehicles.
Pandora walkway (resized, stock image)

Housing options

Approximately 180,000 people live in Hawke’s Bay. The main cities are located close to each other - Napier on the coast, and Hastings 17km inland. Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s Art Deco capital.

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Housing options

When you arrive

Short term accommodation

Depending on your employment agreement, you may qualify for relocation support.
Health New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay provides a range of short-term facilities suitable for individuals, couples and families so be sure to check what you can arrange with your Hiring Manager. You may also consider booking temporary accommodation yourself until you can find a longer-term rental. 

Other short term accommodation options



Renting is a great way to explore and get to know the area. Searching online is a good place to start. You may also wish to check out local rental agencies to help you find a place. Note that most rentals in Aotearoa are unfurnished however furniture and whiteware can be rented in some parts of the country. You can find rental properties on these websites: 

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 makes it even more significant. For healthcare professionals on NZ's Green List of roles, there's a unique opportunity to speed up the residency process. Normally, only residents and citizens can buy a house to live in in New Zealand. When you can, use this tool to find out if you can purchase a house in New Zealand.


Walking in Redwoods (stock image, high res) 6. Hastings

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, left to right: Hastings Town Centre; Redwood Forrest, Havelock North

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

Interested in relocating to the Hawke's Bay region? 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.