Living in Taranaki

Taranaki鈥檚 landscape offers everything from mountain to sea and is renowned for its lifestyle.

Taranaki offers a wide variety of affordable housing options ranging from apartment living to traditional bungalows on private urban sections, or farms and lifestyle blocks in the countryside. New Plymouth, in the north of the region, delivers an urban experience, and towns dotted around the mountain offer more laid-back rural and smaller-community living, though all options rate well in terms of affordability.

The region combines great outdoor adventure opportunities with an active arts and cultural scene as well as a number of fine gardens and parks

Hear from a GP living in Taranaki

Dr Marek Lang settled in Taranaki after completing a placement in Hawera.

鈥淓ach day I leave work feeling satisfied with what I鈥檝e achieved and like I鈥檓 making an impact, and although the additional travel time can be a little tricky to balance with a young family at home, I think our current lifestyle allows us to have the best of both worlds.

As a rural hospital, Hawera offers me the kind of professional opportunities I鈥檝e always wanted, so I鈥檓 very happy here,鈥 Dr Lang says.

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Dr Marek Lang completed his placement in Hawera and loved it so much, that he stayed.

New Plymouth is a great place to raise kids, with a lot to offer in terms of environment, culture and housing affordability.

Dr Marek Lang

The local College Faculty

All College members belong to one of 14 regional faculties offering social and learning events, and providing peer support.

The Taranaki Faculty is focused on reconnection, leadership, representation, advocacy and recruiting more doctors to general practice.

Examples of initiatives the Taranaki Faculty have run recently are:

  • Providing financial support for registrars and new Fellows to attend the College conference
  • Social catch up after the annual meeting
  • Hosted faculty members to take part in the Taranaki Coastal Five running events
  • Hosted faculty members to participate in the Good Home Taranaki Off-Road Half Marathon Festival