Discover doctor jobs in Southland

Southland, NZ offers great opportunities

New Zealand's southernmost region is known for snowcapped mountains, the Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, unmatched beauty, and great surf beaches. Invercargill is the regional capital and commercial hub - base yourself in the gateway to the South, where you'll be able to see and explore so many amazing places. Stewart Island, The Catlins, Invercargill, and Gore are all within Southland, and Queenstown and Wanaka are just a stone's throw from the border of this region. We have an abundance of locum and permanent doctor jobs in Southland.

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Explore the outdoors

Southland is known for its picturesque scenery and offers ample opportunity to get amongst it. From cycle trails to coastal walks, waterfalls, lush forests, and an array of wildlife, there's so much to explore in this region. Foodies can enjoy world-famous Bluff Oysters, fresh from the ocean, or fine fare made with fresh, local produce. And for animal lovers, you'll get to discover wildlife including sea lions, Hector’s Dolphins, and rare but distinctive Hoiho, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin.

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Gateway to the Catlins

If you're in the region's capital and commercial hub, Invercargill, you'll be able to take day or weekend adventures to many stunning spots including the breathtaking Catlins - home to thriving forests, blue lakes, and cute wildlife. Invercargill is a town of friendly locals, a laidback atmosphere, long daylight hours, lively cafes and restaurants, and great activities for families. Check out Elegance at 148 on Elles for dinner or Ziff's Cafe and Bar for brunch, which is on beautiful Oreti Beach.

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Getting to Southland

You can travel to Southland by air or road, and the easiest airport to fly into is Invercargill - if you're flying in prepare yourself for some spectacular views. Invercargill is a great spot to base yourself - you'll be just under a two hour drive from Fiordland and only an hour to the Catlins. Driving is a great way to get around Southland - you'll get to see some beautiful sights, and nothing's too far away. Invercargill has a good public transport system - if you're not feeling like driving or flying you can always jump on a coach.

Hot jobs in the South Island

Specialist Consultant


  • Blenheim, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $2,000 per day
  • NOW ~ 05 Nov 2023
This public hospital in New Zealand is located in a beautiful and serene environment that offers a perfect balance between work and leisure. The hospital is situated in a bustling city that is known for its vibrant culture and friendly people. The hospital is well-equipped with modern facilities ...

Specialist Consultant


  • Invercargill, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $1,000 per session
  • 02 Oct 2023 ~ 06 Oct 2023
Heritage buildings and magnificent city gardens contribute an old-world charm to this delightful southern city.   Home of legendary sporting greats in rugby, netball, basketball and hockey, it has an indoor velodrome, Olympic-sized swimming pool and rugby stadium. Classic motoring fans gather to ...

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Surgery - general

  • Greymouth, South Island NZ
  • Locum
  • $2,000 per day
  • NOW ~ 13 Oct 2023
Part of the West Coast District Health Board, this hospital has 114 beds. The experienced theatre staff strives to provide the best clinical practice from three spacious theatre suites (with the world's best views!), endoscopy suite and a post-anaesthetic care unit. Services include: Surgery Uro...
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It was my first day at Southland Hospital, in Invercargill. It was not until I arrived here, that I really appreciated how fortunate I had been to have secured a job here. It is perfectly situated to many of the gems of New Zealand – Queenstown and the amazing ski fields (2 hours North), The Catlins (1 hour 15 mins East) and Fiordland (2 hours North West) just to name a few! Invercargill itself is cool too, with plenty of places to eat out and a really friendly community.

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Dr Will Beech , A UK doctor who moved to Southland

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Very professional, prompt communication, makes working as a locum around NZ easy! - Dr Sam Burridge, Southland Hospital Locum
Article by Julia | 16 Sep 2022
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Written by Dr Will Beech, Anaesthetic Registrar at Southland Hospital, New Zealand since February 2021
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Are doctors in demand in New Zealand?

Yes! Doctors are highly sought-after in New Zealand. There are many specialist roles on the skills shortage list including palliative medicine specialist, cardiologist, paediatrician and emergency medicine.