Living Here

Life in New Zealand is paradise. Life in southern New Zealand is even better.

For you, health isn’t just a career path, it’s at the centre of how you live your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re into surfing, skiing, mountain biking or running, at SDHB you’ll be able to lose yourself in nature that is unique to Southern New Zealand. There’s a reason that New Zealanders and international travellers alike seek out the beauty of our region; summer or winter we offer world-class experiences in the great outdoors, all of which will be on your doorstep.

The beauty of our land is only second to our people. Relaxed and friendly, the kind of faces that make you feel like you’re at home even when you’re far from it. Immerse yourself in something truly special and make the move to Southern DHB today.   

“The amount you can do in a weekend is incredible. We hit the jackpot coming here. There really is something for everyone.”

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With a population of 126,000, Dunedin is one of the major cities in NZ. From its nightlife to its arts scene, and its bustling student community, there is so much to enjoy about this thriving city. The best part is that you’ll have all the time to enjoy it with the average commuter time of only 12 minutes.

“I love the concept of Dunedin being a 12-minute city – you can get anywhere in 12 minutes. Being involved in business and having three school-aged children in a 12 minute city means you can have it all.”

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If you’re looking for space and strong community vibes, you’ll find it in Invercargill. With a population of 98,000, it is a modern city with a lively attitude. With an average travel time from the main suburbs on city routes, even at peak times, of only 7 minutes, you’ll find so much to love about this city and its people.

“We’re staying here. We have an unmatched quality of life that we couldn’t have had at home”

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No matter where you’re from in the world, you have probably heard of Queenstown. The adventure capital of New Zealand, with scenery that is second to none, Queenstown truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking adventure or serenity, mountains or vineyards, with a permanent population of 44,800 this city has something for you.

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Let’s hear from someone who is thriving, both at work and at home

Thanks to the unique lifestyle opportunities that the Southern region can offer you. Dr Paul Manuel is a Consultant General Surgeon for Southern DHB. Learn how our hospital size has afforded him more hands-on learning opportunities than a larger hospital would, and how the lifestyle gives him more quality time with his family.