Recruitment for Resident Medical Officers

Work with us at Health New Zealand Lakes


Whether you're interested in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgical, Mental Health, Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, or any other specialty, there is a place for you here at Health New Zealand Lakes, Rotorua and Taupō Hospitals. We welcome enthusiastic doctors ready to contribute their expertise and dedication to our vibrant and diverse medical community.

Join us to embrace a lifestyle that seamlessly blends work and play and to make a significant impact on healthcare in New Zealand, and future generations. Rotorua-Taupō Hospitals are a place where you can grow, learn, and make a real impact.

Step into an energetic and supportive atmosphere that encourages your professional development. Dive into a diverse range of clinical cases, gaining invaluable hands-on experience that will shape your medical career. Join a team of passionate healthcare professionals committed to providing exceptional patient care and working together to achieve excellence. Are you an overseas professional wanting to explore the region? From kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, to dining, relaxing and shopping, we’ve got it all. We have a dedicated team to help you with your registration, Immigration, and relocation.

Hit apply and get in touch with us to get a glimpse of what it’s like to work, live and play here at Health New Zealand Lakes. The friendly team in our Medical Management Unit would love to hear from you, please email us at or give us a call – +647-349-7955 ext 8941



Overseas Candidates

The Medical Management Unit has a dedicated administrator that will help you through the process of gaining your registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

A helpful tool to start off with is seeing what pathway you are eligible to register through, visit here for the registration self-assesment tool

MCNZ has a primary source verification process using the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates’ Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (ECFMG’s EPIC) service. You will be required to upload your primary medical degree and full registration certificate to be verified through EPIC. Before MCNZ will start processing your application, you must have had your documents verified by EPIC therefore please start this process as soon as possible (at least 3 months prior to commencement date).  Ensure that you’ve selected MCNZ to receive a verification report.  If you have would like more information about primary-source verification, please see MCNZs website or EPIC’s FAQ webpage. Applications for registration will be considered incomplete until EPIC verification has been received.


Further helpful links



There are several different visas you can apply for when coming to New Zealand. See here for further information.

If you wish the apply for the Accredited Employment Work Visa, please notify us as soon as possible as we must produce a job token for you to apply.

Visa and Registration with Medical Council can take up to 3 months, please start this process as soon as possible once you’ve accepted your offer with Health New Zealand Lakes.


Relocation Assistance 

Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora can offer you a relocation package that consists of the below:
please note there are some general exclusions*

  • Payment of costs for shipping of household goods
  • One-way economy travel fare, plus one night's accommodation for a layover for you, your partner, and any children under the age of 19 who will live with you*
  • Airport transfers to your accommodation on arrival in New Zealand.
  • Up to 4 weeks paid temporary accommodation while we help you find a place to live
  • Up to 4 weeks of car rental costs.


What are you waiting for? 

The friendly team in our Medical Management Unit would love to hear from you, please email us at and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.


Annual Recruitment Cycle for Resident Medical Officers

The Annual Recruitment Cycle is a fixed window of time, where the majority of candidates are recruited for House Officer, Senior House Officer/Registrar and Fellow positions.

Please see below dates for the upcoming recruitment cycle for 2025.

*ACE recruitment is specifically for new medical graduates applying for their first year as a Junior Doctor (RMO) more information can be found on ACE’s website.