Te Tai Tokerau Northland

Northland is home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes in Aotearoa New Zealand with plenty to offer visitors. Whether you're interested in water sports, historic sites, natural beauty or lush forests—Northland has it all!

Image source: NorthlandNZ - Whangaroa Harbour

Whangaroa Harbour | Source: NorthlandNZ
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About the Region

Northland is located in the northernmost part of the North Island of New Zealand. 

The Northland District covers a large geographical area from Te Hana in the south to Cape Reinga in the north.

Northland, especially the Bay of Islands, is one of Aotearoa's most popular tourist destinations. Aside from the abundance of beautiful beaches, ancient kauri forests and historical sites, Northland is well-known for its warm, subtropical climate, where you can enjoy the great outdoors all year round. 

Paihia, Northland 2 - Miles Holden

Health New Zealand - Northland

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 - Te Tai Tokerau Northland

Te Tai Tokerau employs over 4,000 staff. Acute services are provided through the districts' four hospitals, based at Whangārei, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia, with elective surgery performed at Whangārei and Kaitaia.

Photo location + credit: Paihia, Northland (Miles Holden)

Whangārei, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia

The Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora headquarters and main hospital are located in the city of Whangārei, with smaller hospitals in the Bay of Islands, Kaitaia and Dargaville.

The services of Te Tai Tokerau are supplemented by a network of community-based, outpatient and mental health services, a range of Allied Health services, and a public and population health unit. Some specialist services, like radiation treatment and neurology services, are provided from Auckland or through visiting specialists travelling to Northland.

Health services in Northland

Services A to H

Bariatric Surgery
B4 School Check
Bowel Screening Programme
Breast Clinic
Cancer (Oncology) Services
Cervical Screening
Chaplaincy Care
Childbirth Education Classes
Child Health
Child Health Connection Service
Child Protection & Family Violence Service
Clinical Coding
Clinical Records Service
Colposcopy Service
Communicable Disease
Community Physiotherapy Service
Community Rehabilitation & Allied Health Services
Dental Services
District Nursing Service Whangarei
Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)
Foundations, Charities and Volunteers
General Medicine
General Surgery
Health of Older People (HOP)
Health Promoting Schools / Fruit in Schools
Health Protection Officers
Hearing Screening Testing
He Tupua Waiora - Pregnancy and Parental Service
He Waka Kakarauri

Services I to Z

Immunisation Coordinator - Well Child Youth & Clinical Service
Incontinence Service
Liver Service
Māori Health Directorate - Te Poutokomanawa
Maternity Services
Mental Health and Addictions
Mobile Ear Clinic
New Born Hearing Screening (UNHSEIP)
Ngā Tātai Ihorangi [Pre Conception and pregnancy through to the First 2000 Days]
Northland Primary Options
Oral Health Service
Oral & Maxillofacial Service
Orthopaedic Services
Orthotic Department
Pain Management Service
Palliative Care Service
Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Directorate
Primary Health
Public Health
Release of Patient Information
Renal (Nephrology) Service
Rheumatology Service
Sexual Health
Sexual Health Service
Speech Language Therapy (Adults)
Stroke/TIA Service
Vascular Service
Vision Screening Testing

Relocating to Northland

As you prepare to embark on your journey to Northland, we're excited to help you uncover the beauty and opportunities that await beyond your workplace. 

Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve | Credit: David Kirkland

Getting around

Discover the beauty of Northland by taking your time to appreciate the sights and sounds. Immerse yourself in the region's natural wonders, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking coastlines.

Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve | Credit: David Kirkland

Getting around

Photo credit: David Kirkland

Seamless arrival - rental car and airport pickups

To ensure a smooth transition, successful candidates based on their employment agreement can look forward to airport pickup/transfers and rental car arranged as part of a relocation package. When you land at Auckland International Airport, you will then need to travel to your destination in Northland, our team can provide support with any transit option you choose. We can also assist you with renting a car once you are in your last destination, we can book and then pay the provider directly with the total coming off your relocation allowance.

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. Useful information about driving in NZ can be found here.


Other ways to travel in Northland






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Housing options

Northland offers various housing options for individuals and families looking to settle down. Properties outside the main centres are often more budget-friendly.

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Housing options

When you arrive

Temporary accommodation

Depending on your employment agreement, you may be eligible for a relocation allowance. Our relocation team can help you search, view and apply for rentals here. If you cannot secure a suitable rental before your arrival, there are several private short-term options below. These will be furnished also: 


Northland has plenty of lodges/hotels/motels as another short-term option. 


The rental market in Aotearoa is regulated by the government under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986. If you are renting for the first time you will need to sign an agreement with the landlord and pay a bond for up to four weeks rent in advance. The bond is lodged with the governments Tenancy Services. At the end of the tenancy, you will receive your bond back minus any damage's costs or unpaid rent. Aotearoa protects long term tenancies. Rules about changing the terms of the tenancy agreement are here.

The first 4 weeks of rent can be claimed back as per your relocation allowance with proof of tenancy agreement and rental payments. Our Relocation team can help you search, view and apply for rentals here. Local rental agencies can help you to locate a property. Note that most rentals in Aotearoa are unfurnished however furniture and whiteware can be rented in some parts of the country. 

Click here to get an indication of the average rental prices around Northland, and here for information on renting in New Zealand.

Rental agencies


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 home 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 fast track 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.


Cape Reinga couple | Credit: David Kirkland Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri | Credit: Marc St, unsplash

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 + credits, from left: Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri (Marc St); Cape Reinga (David Kirkland)

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

Interested in relocating to the Northland 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.