Catlins - Ref 1303221

General Practitioner (Family Medicine)

Catlins, South Island - view map

Contract: Short Term
Start date: 16 Jan to 20 January 2023

  • 16 Jan to 20 January 2023
  • Close knit community


This rural practice has very experienced practice nurses. There is currently 1 part time doctor. We have two clinics, one in Owaka and a satellite one in Balclutha. Feedback from locums is always very positive and they love the Catlins area.

The practice has an estimated patient roll of 1600. You will be seeing on average 25 patients per day. Appointments are scheduled at 15-minute intervals and the practice is open between 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.


Owaka is a small town in the Clutha District of South Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest community in the rugged, forested Catlins area. The town’s population is around 330.  Only three hours from the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown, for your skiing and snowboarding; an hour away from the vibrant University and Port city of Dunedin with its quirky theatres and restaurants.  Experience a delightful work-life balance.

The Owaka region has rocky headlands, sandy bays and estuaries, waterfalls and lakes alongside forests of rimu, kamahi and silver beech. Yellow-eyed penguins nest along the coast, there’s a wide variety of other penguins and bird life, and seals, sea lions and Hector’s dolphins are commonly seen.

Owaka has a range of sports facilities, including rugby, bowls, community swimming pool, netball, badminton, tennis, rifle shooting and pony club, and several cultural clubs. Close links with Balclutha further extend the range. There is a Four Square Supermarket and several café/restaurants. There is a Playcentre and the Catlins Area School in Owaka which takes students from 5 to 18 years. Catlins Area School has recently undergone a $4.3 million redevelopment.

See the wide diversity of attractions on the South Island here.

How to apply

Contact Jenny Butt, Relationship Manager for a confidential discussion on +64 4 495 5877


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