Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Overseas Electives for international medical students

About Auckland - the City of Sails


Auckland, the largest and most accessible city in New Zealand, has a population of approximately 1,500,000. Known affectionately as the City of Sails, Auckland is situated on a narrow isthmus between the Waitemata Harbour, which leads out to the Pacific Ocean, and the Manukau Harbour, which leads out to the Tasman Sea. The climate is warm (average winter temperature 13°C, average summer temperature 22°C) with a moderately high rainfall.

Further information on Auckland can be found at www.aucklandnz.com.

District Health Boards in the greater Auckland region


The city is served by three large general hospitals: Auckland City Hospital, which also incorporates the Starship Children’s Hospital and the National Women’s Hospital, North Shore Hospital and Middlemore Hospital.

The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is adjacent to the Auckland City Hospital and close to the centre of the city.

There are four District Health Boards with teaching hospitals associated with the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine. Three of these offer elective placements.

Auckland District Health Board

Auckland City Hospital
Starship Children's Hospital
Greenlane Hospital

Counties Manukau District Health Board

Middlemore Hospital

Waitemata District Health Board

North Shore Hospital
Waitakere Hospital

Waikato District Health Board

Waikato Hospital (elective placements not available through Auckland)