Waitematā offers a balanced lifestyle that combines the convenience of city living with the natural beauty and community spirit of suburban life.

Waitemata harbour | Credit: Simon Watts
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About the Region

The Waitematā District is in the Auckland region of Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is located on the North Island. The district includes the city's northern and western suburbs.

Auckland city has the largest and most culturally diverse population in Aotearoa. This diversity is reflected in the food, experiences and activities on offer.
Connecting central Auckland to the North Shore, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is a well-known landmark that spans across the Waitematā harbour.

The Waitemata District as shown on a map of the North Island of New Zealand
Auckland Harbour - Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Health New Zealand - Waitematā

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 - Waitematā

Health New Zealand - Waitematā is the largest and one of the most rapidly growing districts serving a population of around 650,000. It is also the largest employer in the region, with 8,600 people working across more than 80 locations. The district's catchment areas include North Shore (North Auckland), Waitākere (West Auckland), and Rodney extending to Wellsford in the north and as far south as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, incorporating Whangaparāoa in the east and the west coast beaches of Muriwai, Piha and Karekare.

Additionally, CADS, Forensic, and Dental Services are also provided across Auckland to Manukau.

Photo location + credit: Auckland Harbour (AucklandNZ)

North Shore and Waitakere Hospital

North Shore Hospital and Waitakere Hospital are two major hospitals located in the Auckland region. 

We are also undertaking major capital works at our rapidly-expanding campuses to help meet unprecedented population growth in the northern region of New Zealand. A cornerstone of this expansion programme is the construction of the four-storey Tōtara Haumaru (Shade of the Tree) hospital building on Auckland’s North Shore. This new state-of-the-art facility is being built on our North Shore Hospital campus - overlooking the incredible, volcanically formed Lake Pupuke - just a stone’s throw away from our world-famous Waitematā Harbour and some of the region’s most spectacular beaches. Tōtara Haumaru is due for completion in December 2023 and will provide up to eight extra operating theatres, four new endoscopy suites and up to 150 new beds – helping us meet the needs of our vibrant, fast-growing and culturally diverse population of over 650,000 people.

North Shore Hospital is a large hospital with 663 beds, providing a wide range of services including emergency care, surgical procedures, maternity care, mental health services, and more. The hospital has a modern design and features state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

North Shore Hospital is also home to several specialist centers, including the National Poisons Centre, the Northern Regional Spinal Unit, and the Waitemata Breast Centre. 

Waitakere Hospital is a smaller hospital and provides a range of services including emergency care, maternity care, medical and surgical services, and more.

Waitakere Hospital also has a focus on community health, with several specialist centers providing services such as mental health care, diabetes management, and rehabilitation services. 


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Hospital Services

Waitematā’s population is generally healthier than that of New Zealand as a whole. We have the highest life expectancy in New Zealand at 83.9 years (2017-19), with an increase of 3.3 years since 2001. 

We provide services in association with the other hospitals in the city for specialist services e.g. burns centre, neurosurgery, cardiovascular, transplant care. There are 1,050 beds across the 5 inpatient sites.

Here is a list of medical services and specialties offered in the Waitematā.

Services A to L

Allied Health
After Hours and Emergency Departments
Age Related Residential Care
Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS)
Altered High Youth Services (CADS)
Asian Health Support Services
Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation (AT&R) Service
Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS)
Baby and Child Services: 
Paediatric Outpatient Clinics, Special Care Baby Units (SCBU), Rangatira Children’s Ward
Baby Unit - Specialist Care (SCBU)
Bowel Screening Waitemata
Breast Service:
Mammography, Ultrasound, Fine needle aspiration, Breast biopsy, 
Breast cancer surgery and reconstruction
BreastScreen Waitemata Northland
Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS)
Child and Family Services
Community Child Health
Child Disability Service
Child Rehabilitation Service
Child, Women and Family Services
Children's Community Nurses Service
Clinical Records
Continence Service
Counselling (CADS)
Cultural support - Asian Health, Māori Health - He Kamaka Waiora, Pacific Support
Dental and Oral Health
Dermatology Service
Diabetes Service
Dietetics - Community
Dietitian Service
Dietitians - Adult Outpatients
District Mental Health Services
District Nursing Service
Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Service
Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) - Otorhinolaryngology (ORL)
Eating Disorders
Elective Surgery Centre (ESC)
Emergency Department (ED) - North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals
General Surgery
Gerontology Nurse Specialist (GNS) Service - Nga Kaitiaki Kaumatua
GP Liaisons​
Gynaecology (Hine Ora)
Haematology Service
Helensville District Health Trust
He Puna Waiora (Mental Health)
Hibiscus Coast Community Health Centre
Hine Ora (Gynaecology)
Hyperbaric Unit (SLARK)
Infectious Diseases Service
Intensive Care & High Dependency Units
Isa Lei - Pacific Island Community Mental Health Services
Laboratory Services

Services M to Z

Māori Health - He Kamaka Waiora, Whanau Ora Cancer Care, Whitiki Maurea - Mental Health & Addictions
Maternity services - North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals
Mental Health
Needs Assessment & Service Co-ordination (NASC)
Obstetric and Gynaecology Services
Occupational Therapy - Community & Inpatients
Older Adults & Home Health (OA&HH)
Orthopaedic Services
Ostomy Service
Pacific Health: Pacific Island Mental Health & Addictions Service, Malaga a le Pasifika, Alcohol, Other Drug and Gambling Service (Tupu)
Paediatrics and Newborn Services
Pain Management Unit
Palliative Care Services
Pharmacy Services
Physiotherapy - Community, Inpatient and Outpatient
Physiotherapy - Pelvic Floor / Continence
Primary Health Care (GPs, PHOs)
Regional Forensic Psychiatric Services
Renal Services
Residential Care - Age Related
Respiratory Medicine
Rheumatology Services
Specialty Medicine & Health of Older People Division
Slark Hyperbaric Unit
Smoke Free Service
Social Work - Community & Inpatients
Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)
Speech Language Therapy - Community & Inpatients
Taharoto Road - District Mental Health - Adult Mental Health
Te Whanau O Waipareira
Tupu - Pacific Alcohol & Other Drug and Gambling Service
Takanga A Fohe - Pacific Mental Health & Addictions Services
Upper GastrointestinaI (UGI) & HepatoPancreatoBiliary (HPB) Service
Urology Services
Waimarino - Mental Health Services, Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI), Pacific Island & Maori Mental Health Support Services
Warkworth Community Services - District Nursing Service, Occupational Therapy - Community, Older Adults & Home Health (OA&HH) and Community Physiotherapy
Whanau Ora - Cancer Care Service
Whitiki Maurea - Maori Mental Health and Addictions Service
Wilson Centre - Child Rehabilitation and Respite Centre

Relocating to the Waitematā District

Welcome to the Waitematā District where you can have a thriving healthcare career and a fulfilling life. The Waitematā District offers a bustling urban environment while being surrounded by picturesque coastlines and parks.

Piha, West Coast beach | Source: Canva

Getting around

The North Shore is well known for its beautiful beaches and warm climate, and Waitakere in the western part of Auckland is renowned for the lush Waitakere ranges.

Motuihe Island | Credit: Graeme Murray, Tourism NZ

Getting around

Photo location + credit: Motuihe Island (Graeme Murray)

When you arrive

Rental car and airport pick up

Airport pick up can be arranged by us via Shuttlebus for successful candidates and Auckland Vehicle Rentals can provide a car for up to four weeks up to the value of the relocation bond. 

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

  • Auckland Transport operates the public bus service in Waitemata. Purchase AT HOP cards as they are required to travel on buses in and around Auckland. 
  • Use the Smales Farm Bus Route in Takapuna, near the North Shore Hospital. 
  • The western line train route will come in handy when traveling in Waitakere. 
  • There are many taxis, shuttles and ridesharing services such as Ola, Zoomy and Uber. 
Auckland North shore beach | Source: Canva

Housing options

Living in the Waitematā District – part of New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland – means a unique lifestyle that comes with living in a vibrant urban centre with beaches and open spaces just around every corner.

Mount Victoria Reserve in Devonport, North Shore Auckland

Housing options

When you arrive

Short Term Accommodation

Based on your relocation package or bond agreement, we can arrange short term accommodation for you when you arrive. Quest Takapuna offers corporate rates for Health New Zealand - Waitematā staff and we can pay them on your behalf, with the balance coming off your relocation bond. Located right across the road from North Shore Hospital, Quest Takapuna offers serviced apartment style hotel rooms, perfect for short or long-term stays. Studio Apartments feature a fully equipped kitchenette and are great for individuals or couples, and one or two-bedroom apartments are ideal for families or larger groups. Be sure to check your bond agreement with your hiring manager. 

Other temporary accommodation options



You may find that 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. 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. 

Rental agencies


Buying or building a house

Dreaming of a place to call your own? We know 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 fast-track your residency process. Normally, only residents and citizens can buy or build a house. When you can, use this tool to learn more about the process.



Friends enjoying breakfast in Takapuna | Credit: aucklandnz.com Auckland harbour bridge | Credit: liam spicer

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.

Image location + credits from left: Harbour Bridge (Liam Spicer); Takapuna (AucklandNZ brand library)

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

Interested in relocating to the Waitematā District? 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.