Nelson Marlboro District Health Board (NMDHB)

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is the largest employer at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. The Health Board provides an extensive range of services and manages patient facilities that extend across the top of the South Island:

NMDHB employs over 2000 employees.

They have two general hospitals in Blenheim (Wairau Hospital) and Nelson delivering secondary services, along with two smaller rural hospitals and health centres (Murchison, Golden Bay), Psycho-geriatric care (Alexandra Hospital), community homes for people with disabilities and network of community services.

Nelson Hospital, including the Acute Mental Health Unit, in Nelson City and  Wairau Hospital in Blenheim provide the following services:

Medical Services

Emergency Departments

Medical Outpatient Clinics

Medical Inpatients


Intensive Care Units

Coronary Care

Surgical Services

Surgical Wards

Day Stay Units




General Surgery



Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)



Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, and is the economic and cultural centre of the Nelson region.  Nelson is surrounded by mountains on three sides with Tasman Bay on the other and the region is the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes National Park. It is a centre for both ecotourism and adventure tourism and has a high reputation among caving enthusiasts due to several prominent cave systems around Takaka Hill and Mounts Owen and Arthur, which hold the largest and deepest explored caverns in the southern hemisphere.

Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene, Each year, the city hosts events popular with locals and tourists alike, such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a local museum, World of Wearable Art now showcases winning designs alongside a collection of classic cars.

Blenheim is the most populous town in the region of Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand. It has an urban population of 30,200 (June 2014 estimate).  The surrounding area is well known as a centre of New Zealand’s wine industry. It enjoys one of New Zealand’s sunniest climates, with hot, relatively dry summers and crisp winters.

The Marlborough Region in which Blenheim is situated has a wide range of leisure activities, from swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds to watching whales in Kaikoura; from walks through the bush and along the rugged coastline, and scenic boat cruising, fishing, water-skiing and kayaking. The relaxed lifestyle and the flourishing wine and gourmet food industry in Marlborough are enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.