Are you ready for a change of pace? Welcome to the Wairarapa. The Wairarapa is a slice of paradise-perfect for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a peaceful environment to recharge after a rewarding day's work. 

Photo location: Castlepoint

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About the Region

Located in the lower North Island of New Zealand, to the east of the capital city of Wellington. It is bordered by the Tararua Range to the west and the Pacific Ocean
to the east. 

The Wairarapa is famous for its wine industry, splendid coastal views and its beautiful countryside, including the Tararuas, and the charming towns of Martinborough and Greytown. Additionally, Wairarapa is known for its rich Māori culture and history.

The Wairarapa District as shown on the map of the North Island of New Zealand
The Tararua ranges (panorama)

Health New Zealand - Wairarapa

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 Health New Zealand - Wairarapa District

Health New Zealand - Wairarapa provides core healthcare services to around 50,000 residents in Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, Masterton, and the surrounding rural areas. The district's healthcare services include 24-hour acute and elective care, general and orthopaedic surgery, general medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as mental health and community nursing

Wairarapa is one of the smaller hospitals in the country with 89 inpatient beds providing comprehensive health services throughout the district.

Photo location: Wellington

Wairarapa Hospital

The Wairarapa hospital has three operating rooms for both public and private theatre sessions covering General Surgery, Anaesthetics, Orthopaedics, Urology, Endoscopy, Gynaecology, and Obstetrics, as well as ENT, we also have visiting specialists that provide services onsite including Urology, Oncology and Chemotherapy.

Wairarapa Hospital's private wing, Selina Sutherland is one of only two private hospitals in New Zealand built inside the confines of a public hospital, the private hospital also leases theatre time and support services from Wairarapa Hospital and carries out 500-600 surgical operations each year, funded by ACC and through health insurance.

Masterton Hospital - Wairarapa District

Health services in the Wairarapa

Inpatient Services

Bowel Screening Programme
Cancer Care Services
Duty Team
Emergency – HDU
General Medical – Surgical
Maternity and Midwifery Services
Maori Health Services
Paediatrics and SCBU
Perioperative Services - Theatre
Mental Health Services



Emergency Medicine
General Medicine
General Surgery
Geriatrician - Rehabilitation
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
House Officers and Senior House Officers (FYs 2)


Allied Health

Imaging - CT Scanning - Sonographer
Occupational Therapy
Oral Health/Dental Services
Social Work Services
Speech Language Therapy


Nursing and Midwifery Specialties

Clinical Coaches – Nursing and Midwifery
Clinical Nurse/Midwifery Specialists
Duty Nurse Manager 
Nurse Practitioner



Child Development Services (CDS)
Community Health and District Nursing
FOCUS - Needs Assessment Service Co-ordination
Mobile Surgical Unit – Children’s Oral Health Service
Wairarapa Community Dental Services- Oral Health (Children)


Relocating to the Wairarapa

Experience a unique lifestyle in the Wairarapa, where work-life balance is a way of life. The Wairarapa provides easy access to major cities, beaches, wineries and attractions for those weekend getaways. 

Greytown village, Wairarapa - Credit: Jet Productions (square)

Getting around

Escape from the hustle and bustle, and explore Wairarapa's hiking trails, riverside picnics and stunning landscapes.

Greytown Village shopping, Wairarapa - Credit: Jet Productions

Getting around

Photo location: Greytown - Credit: Jet Productions

When you arrive

Rental car and airport pick up

Airport pickups can be arranged for your arrival, please get in touch with your hiring manager.

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
  • Metlink Wairarapa operates bus routes around the Wairarapa. 
  • Catch the train from Wairarapa to Wellington, check out the Metlink timetable.
  • Taxis and Ubers are available, and many rental vehicle options. 


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Housing options

Find your perfect place among a variety of housing options. The Wairarapa offers living spaces to suit every taste.

Martinborough village - Wairarapa Credit: Jeff McEwan / Capture Studios

Housing options

Image location: Martinborough - Credit: Jeff McEwan, Capture Studios

When you arrive

Short Term Accommodation

Health New Zealand – Wairarapa can provide assistance in finding short term accommodation ensuring that you feel settled and safe when you arrive. Should you wish to arrange short-term accommodation yourself, the following websites may be useful: 

Other short term accommodation options



Renting is a great way to explore and understand the area before deciding to purchase or build a house. Searching online for rentals is a good place to start, as well as 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. Rental properties can be sourced via the following websites: 

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 house makes it even more significant. If you're a healthcare professional on NZ's Green List of roles, you have a unique opportunity to expedite your 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. 


QE park pedal boats - Credit: Jet Productions Martinborough, Wairarapa - Credit: WellingtonNZ

Take the next step

Made the decision 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, from left: Martinborough - Credit: WellingtonNZ; Masterton - Credit: Jet Productions

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

Interested in relocating to the Wairarapa? 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.