The Waikato region is known for its natural beauty, rich Māori culture, and agricultural heritage with something to offer visitors of all interests.

Photo location + credit: The Waikato river (Adriel Kloppenburg)

Waipakihi river | Credit: Adriel Kloppenburg, unsplash
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About the Region

The Waikato region is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is bordered by Auckland to the north, Bay of Plenty to the east, Taranaki to the west, and Manawatu-Wanganui to the south.

Waikato includes New Zealand’s longest river—the Waikato, plus internationally significant wetlands and over 1,000 kilometres of beautiful coastline. In the centre of Waikato is New Zealand's fourth largest city – Hamilton, which prides itself as a centre of education.

The Waikato District as shown in the map of the North Island of New Zealand
Raglan Surfing - Camilla Rutherford

Health New Zealand - Waikato

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 - Waikato District

Health New Zealand – Waikato spans over 21,000 square kilometers, has a population of more than 425,000 and employs over 8,000 people. It extends from the northern Coromandel region to an area close to Mt Ruapehu in the south and from Raglan on the west coast to Waihi on the east coast. 59% of the population live in urban areas, and 41% in rural areas, of which 23% is Māori (compared to the national average of 16%).

There are 10 territorial local authorities within Waikato district boundaries – Hamilton City, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, (part of) Ruapehu, South Waikato, Thames-Coromandel, Waikato, Waipa, and Waitomo.

Photo location + credit: Raglan - Camilla Rutherford

Main Hospitals and Health Care Providers

  • Waikato Hospital
  • Thames Hospital
  • Te Kuiti Hospital
  • Taumarunui Hospital 
  • Tokoroa Hospital 
  • Southern Rural Health
  • Continuing Care
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Allied Health
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Services and Specialties

A to M

Ahikāroa – Community Housing Support Service
Allied Health
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
Cancer services
Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CCTVS)
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Child Development Centre
Child Hearing Vision
Children's Health
Combined Stroke Service
Community Alcohol and Drugs (CADS)
Community and Southern Rural Health
Community Breastfeeding Support Service
Community Equipment & Supplies
Community Specialist Nurses
Consult Liaison
Continuing Care
Corporate and Performance Support
Crisis Assessment and Home Treatment (CAHT)
Critical Care
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Disability Support Services (DSS) 0 to 65
District Nursing
Health Improvement
Health of Older People (HOP)
Health Protection
Heart Failure
Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ICAMHS)
Inpatient Mental Health facilities
Intellectual Disability Dual Disorder Service (IDDS)
Manaaki Raatonga aa Iwi (formerly iRS)
Maternity Services
Meals on Wheels
Memory Service
Mental Health and Addictions
Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP)

N to Z

Newborn Hearing Screening
Occupational Therapy
Older Persons, Rehabilitation and Allied Health
Orthotic Services
Paediatric Surgery
Patient Blood Management
Perinatal Mental Health
Population and Public Health
Puawai: Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service
Public Health Advisory and Development (PHAD)
Public Health Nurses
Radiation Therapy
Sexual Health
Sleep Clinic
Social Work
Southern Rural Health
Specialist Eating Disorders (SEDS)
Speech Language Therapy
START (Supported Transfer Accelerated Rehabilitation Team)
Strategy and Funding
Suicide Prevention and Postvention
Te Puna Oranga
Thames Family Health Team
Thames Hospital
Volunteering at Waikato DHB
Waikato Hospital
Waikato Regional Diabetes Service
Waikato Trauma Service
Women's Health

Relocating to the Waikato

Discover true work-life balance, natural beauty and boundless opportunities that await you in Waikato.

Victoria on the river | Credit: Hamilton Waikato Tourism (resized)

Getting around

As New Zealand's 4th largest city, you can experience the best of both worlds: a tranquil escape for your outdoor adventures and a little bit of city life.

Victoria on the river Hamilton | Credit: Hamilton Waikato Tourism

Getting around

Photo credit: Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

When you arrive

Relocation assistance

Health New Zealand - Waikato will assist offshore international candidates with their relocation to Waikato, New Zealand*. Provision of relocation assistance is dependent on the employee entering into a bond agreement with Health New Zealand, requiring continuous employment for a period of time. 

Travel Fare
A one-way economy travel fare for the successful candidate, their partner and children under the age of 21 who will live with them.

Rental Car and Airport Pick Up
Airport transfer to accommodation upon arrival will be provided. Up to 4 weeks car rental from Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato. 

*Criteria for relocation assistance eligibility must be met.

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 the Waikato


family of 4 moving in | Source: Canva

Housing options

Find your perfect place with a range of housing options! The region includes bustling cities like Hamilton, as well as smaller towns and rural areas, each with its unique charm and types of homes available.

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Housing options

When you arrive

Relocation Assistance 

Health New Zealand - Waikato will assist offshore international candidates with their relocation to Waikato, New Zealand*. Provision of relocation assistance is dependent on the employee entering into a bond agreement with Health New Zealand, requiring continuous employment for a period of time.

Bond Agreement
Health New Zealand will provide you with financial support to relocate and get settled to the value outlined in the agreement.

Short Term Accommodation
Up to 4 weeks temporary accommodation provided from the date of arrival.

Shipping of Goods
Costs for shipping of household goods up to a maximum total amount is agreed. We have strict rules about what can be brought into Aotearoa. The government provides advice about how to avoid problems with border clearance. 

*Criteria for relocation assistance eligibility must be met.


Other short-term accommodation options



Renting is a great way to explore and understand the area before deciding to purchase or build a house. Local rental agencies can assist you in finding a rental property, and searching online is 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 already a big step, let alone buying or building a home. If you're a healthcare professional on NZ's Green List roles, you have a unique opportunity to expedite 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.


Huka Falls Trail Taupo | Credit: Fraser Clements Surfing in Raglan | 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 credit from left to right: Surfing in Raglan (Camilla Rutherford), Huka Falls Trail (Fraser Clements)

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

Interested in relocating to the Waikato 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.