West Coast

Te Tai o Poutini West Coast has views of both the mountain ranges and the ocean! It is an untamed natural wilderness of beautiful rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. 

Photo location: South Westland - Credit: Patrick Szylar

Lake Matheson - Credit: Patrick Szylar, unsplash
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About the Region

The West Coast region stretches along the western side of the South Island in New Zealand. It is situated between the Southern Alps, which lie to the east, and the rough, isolated beaches to the west.

The West Coast region is well-known for its awe-inspiring landscapes, towering mountains covered in snow, lush rainforests and national parks, serene lakes, winding rivers, and rugged coastlines. The region is home to the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, two of the most accessible glaciers in the world. 

West Coast
Barrytown, West Coast - Credit: Miles Holden

Health New Zealand - West Coast

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 o Poutini West Coast

Health New Zealand – West Coast provides health care services to approximately 32,000 people in one of the largest geographical areas in Aotearoa, employing over 1,000 staff. The West Coast covers Karamea in the North to Haast in the South and manages three major health facilities in Greymouth, Westport, and Reefton. 

Photo location: Barrytown - Credit: Miles Holden

Greymouth, Westport and Reefton


The West Coast District is at the forefront of providing healthcare in rural areas of Aotearoa New Zealand. They offer everyday care to communities and first responders in remote areas for emergencies. The district provides a diverse range of health services, including comprehensive mental health care for both inpatients and the community. They also offer services for acute cases, rehabilitation, child and family support, as well as alcohol and drug assistance.

A community nurse looking through an otoscope to check the ear of a young patient

West Coast health care services

A to G

Alcohol and Drug Services 
Cancer Support Services 
Child and Adolescent Mental Health 
Child Health
Community Mental Health Services
Critical Care Unit
Dementia Unit
Emergency Department
General Medical
General Surgical


H to Z

Maori Mental Health
Mental Health Crisis Team
Mental Health Unit
Midwifery Services
Oncology and Palliative Care
Oral Health Services
Primary Care
Rural Health Clinics

Relocating to the West Coast

A warm welcome to Te Tai o Poutini West Coast! Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature while excelling in your healthcare career. 

Pancake Rocks and blowholes - West Coast - Credit: BareKiwi

Getting around

The West Coast invites you to explore its rugged beauty through outdoor adventures like hiking, kayaking, fishing and more.

Pancake Rocks and blowholes - West Coast - Credit: BareKiwi

Getting around

Photo location: Punakaiki - Credit: BareKiwi

When you arrive

Rental car and airport pickup

When you arrive on the West Coast you will be met at the airport by your manager or Head of Department. They will drive you to your accommodation and will help you to settle in. As part of your relocation support, we can cover the cost of a rental car for up to four weeks. Note that to drive in New Zealand, you must have a valid driver's license.

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
  • The New Zealand Transport Agency operates bus routes in the West Coast.
  • Ideally you’ll need your own vehicle if you are wanting to explore the beautiful West Coast, though our towns are all walkable and cycling friendly. Rental vehicles are also a good option.
  • Explore the breathtaking Southern Alps via the TranzAlpine train.


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Housing options

Find your perfect place among a variety of housing options from cosy rural cottages to modern suburban residences.

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Housing options

When you arrive

Short Term Accommodation

Health New Zealand – Te Tai o Poutini (West Coast) can provide a range of short-term facilities for staff to rent while they find long term accommodation. All accommodation is fully furnished, and staff may store belongings off site at local storage facilities. We can also source motel accommodation for you if our short-term facilities are occupied. Note that rent may be charged for accommodation; however, we will cover the cost of up to four weeks accommodation on your arrival as part of the relocation support. Be sure to check your relocation package with your hiring manager.

Other temporary accommodation options



You may find that renting is a great way to explore and get to know the area before deciding to purchase or build a house. 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

Dreaming of a place to call your own? We understand that moving to a new country is already a major move, and buying or building a house 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 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 a house in New Zealand.



Coal Creek Falls, West Coast - Credit Nomad Audio Video Oparara Archesm West Coast - Credit: Fraser Clements

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: Karamea - Credit: Fraser Clements; Runanga - Credit: Nomad Audio Video

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

Interested in relocating to the West Coast? 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.