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Consultant Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterologist (Whangarei, Northland)

Your New Life in Northland - NZ!

Interested in an exciting opportunity for a consultant gastroenterologist?

Picture yourself in sunny Northland with some of the most spectacular scenery NZ has to offer and an unparalleled work-life balance. As well as a warm climate, the “winterless north” has excellent schools, affordable housing and scenic coastal areas offering a vast range of recreational activities.

As the largest employer in Northland, our district health board is able to provide you with job security and give you loads of opportunity to grow. 

We have rural hospitals in Kaitaia, Kawakawa and Dargaville supported by Whangarei Hospital - a 246 bed Hospital where over 140 consultants provide support in a wide range of specialties.

Being part of a multi-disciplinary team you will work alongside many other health professionals who all play critical roles in providing the high-quality healthcare we pride ourselves in. And, Northland DHB offers a generous salary package that includes substantial support for Continuing Medical Education.

Our goal is to secure a consultant who wants to live in Northland – we have so much to offer you and your family and you have plenty to offer us.  An excellent relocation package is available to bring you and your family to Whangarei Hospital.

You could be our second specialist gastroenterologist or combine the role with internal medicine. 

Northland DHB

The DHB employs 3,086 staff. Acute services are provided through the DHB’s four hospitals, based at Whangarei, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia, with elective surgery performed at Whangarei and Kaitaia.

These services 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.

The DHB allocates funding across the health sector in Northland, contracting with a range of community-based service providers such as Mahitahi Hauora, our single Primary Health Entity, dentists, pharmacies and other non-government organisations.

A lot is expected of us. Our stakeholders include our patients and consumers, their whānau/family, the people of Northland, our Board, our staff, and the Minister and Ministry of Health. We have obligations to each of them which are reflected in our Vision, Mission and Values.

Our Values matter, resonate with us and go a long way to keeping us safe, healthy and happy.  They provide the basis for our organisational culture and remind us what's important. 

Our Services

Whangarei Hospital is the largest hospital in Northland, providing secondary care services with our three rural hospitals. Northland covers an area of 12,600 square kilometres and a population of 180,000.

We are re-developing our endoscopy facilities and will move to a dedicated suite within the next 12 months. You will help us develop a sustainable service for bowel disease and introduce bowel screening. 

Our new Endoscopy Suite

View of new unit

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Your Skills

We want candidates with a real enthusiasm for teaching who are team players committed to improving and developing services to meet the population need. You must be eligible to register with the Medical Council of New Zealand and we can assist with this and work visa.

You will also possess FRACP or an equivalent qualification. Trainees within a few months of completing FRACP training are welcome to express an interest. ERCP experience is desirable, but not essential.


Our Region

Northland is New Zealand’s northernmost region and the first to be settled by Polynesians and Europeans. Because of our comfortable climate and stunning landscape, our region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We have an abundance of ancient forests and historical sites, and are surrounded by world-class beaches, with over 100 beaches in the Whangarei District alone. Further north on the west coast, one beach alone is 110 kilometres long.

Whangarei is set between the bustling city of Auckland and the magic of Cape Reinga.  The region is renowned for giant sand dunes and kauri trees, exciting wildlife, vast areas of green, productive farmland and fruit orchards. 

We hold the highest average annual temperature in New Zealand, with summer day time temperatures ranging between 22°C - 26°C. Our winters are very mild, with winter night-time minimums only dropping to around 7°C on the odd occasion. Light frosts are possible in sheltered areas but are not common, and snow is unheard of in low regions.

The region has an average of 2000 annual sunshine hours, and rainfall is around 1,500 – 2,000mm annually, but approximately one-third of that falls during the winter months of June, July and August.

With a land area of 13,789 km², it is just a bit smaller than Connecticut but bigger than any county in the UK.


Follow these links for more information about living in Whangarei including schooling and education and housing.


Want to know more

Let us know if are ready to make the move, by contacting our Senior Medical Officer Recruitment Team – or apply here 


Each day in Northland


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