Moving to New Zealand?

Kia ora – hello!

New Zealand is known for its quality of life, clean green image and relaxed nature. We work hard and relax often, using our free time to enjoy all that our spectacular country has to offer. Enliven has many amazing staff who have travelled across the globe to join our team, and they absolutely love it here.

We are a nation of adventure and leisure. We’re a multi-cultural country that embraces diversity. No matter where you decide to settle, there’s plenty to see and do – from exploring mountain and bush walk and national parks to enjoying the sights and attractions of metropolitan cities and beach towns.

Coming to work with Enliven, means you’ll get support and companionship to ensure that your transition into the Kiwi lifestyle is smooth.

We’ll help you with…

Relocation support

First off, we can help make sure your relocation goes smoothly. We’ll discuss your individual situation and needs and provide practical support to help you get here. Depending on the situation, we may be able to help with things like finding a place to stay or support with references and applications. Talk to us about your situation.

Exploring the work environment

At Enliven, we have a ‘buddy system’ to help you get to know your new work environment. Our buddies have also come from overseas, so understand your journey and what differences you may find in the New Zealand healthcare system. As part of this you’ll discover more about Enliven and receive training in the Enliven philosophy of care and our cultural practices.

Community connection

We’ll help you settle into your new community and build new connections. We can help connect you with a variety of groups, sports or social activities that might interest you. You’ll also have opportunities to connection with other migrants, who are on a similar journey. We’ll regularly check in with you to make sure you are enjoying yourself and are here to offer any advice or assistance you require.

Cultural support

Kia ora. Jandals. Yeah-Nah. Sweet as. Haere mai. Don’t worry – we’ll help you navigate the kiwi slang, and understand Kiwi celebrations like Waitangi Day and Matariki. When you join the Enliven team, you’ll find your work colleagues will be more than willing to help you understand these things. You’ll also enjoy a welcome, like a morning tea, BBQ lunch or powhiri. And, every year we provide some Māori culture and language training too.

Explore our locations

Enliven has sites and services spanning the country. In the North Island – from Taranaki to Wellington, Enliven operates 14 aged residential care homes and eight retirement villages. In Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand we operate two retirement villages and nine aged care homes.

Taranaki is home to Enliven’s Chalmers Home which is situated in New Plymouth – the region’s largest town.

Located in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, Taranaki is known for is striking natural beauty, art galleries, and family-friendly fun; this vibrant and contemporary city is a great place to live, work and explore.

Working at Chalmers Home, you’ll be across the road from the beach, and within reach of picturesque walkways, botanical gardens, residential and shopping areas. New Plymouth’s City Centre is always active and has plenty of boutique eateries and restaurants – you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Whanganui is home to Enliven’s Kowhainui Home and Village in Otamatea and Abingdon Village in St John’s Hill.

Whanganui is a city rich in history, natural beauty, and cultural splendour. The unique blend of historical landmarks mixed with the modern art scene makes Whanganui a great place to live and work.

Whanganui has an array of art galleries, green spaces and sancturies. Whanganui’s natural landscape is not one to overlook. With three stunning beaches, each has its own unique appeal, meaning there is something for every type of beach goer. Just down from Kowhainui Home and Village, there is also tree-lined Virginia Lake where at the centre you will find the Higginbottom Fountain; a copper and steel floating structure in the shape of a lily.

Another way to experience the city, is by taking a cruise up the Whanganui river aboard the iconic Paddle Steamer Waimarie – New Zealand’s only coal fired paddle boat!

In Manawatu, you’ll find Enliven’s Brightwater Home and Village and Willard Home in Palmerston North and Coombrae Home and Village in Feilding.

Palmerston North, or Palmy as it’s known, is a cultural, sports loving, agricultural city in the Manawatu region of the North Island. Centred around an attracted green space, known as The Square, Palmerston North’s CBD is flat and early to navigate on foot, by bike or by car. The town also has a fantastic public transport system, shops and café and restaurant scene.

A must visit, especially for families, is Victoria Esplanade at the edge of the city. This premier park boasts 26 hectares of bush walks, bike tracks and formal gardens. With mature trees, barbecues areas, a croquet lawns, a miniature railway, playground and paddling pool, there is something for everyone.

Just a short 15 minutes’ drive from Palmerston North is the charming town of Feilding, where you will find Enliven’s Coombrae Home and Village. Described as one of the most authentic country experiences you’ll ever witness, this Edwardian themed picturesque town has won the title ‘New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Town’ 14 times!

Originally built to service the surrounding farming district, you will be greeted with red-bricked pavements and a beautiful country outlook down every street. Feilding is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the bigger city where you will often be met with a friendly smile, earning this town the label of ‘Friendly Feilding’.

Taranaki is home to Enliven’s Chalmers Home which is situated in New Plymouth – the region’s largest town.

Located in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, Taranaki is known for is striking natural beauty, art galleries, and family-friendly fun; this vibrant and contemporary city is a great place to live, work and explore.

Working at Chalmers Home, you’ll be across the road from the beach, and within reach of picturesque walkways, botanical gardens, residential and shopping areas. New Plymouth’s City Centre is always active and has plenty of boutique eateries and restaurants – you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Whanganui is home to Enliven’s Kowhainui Home and Village in Otamatea and Abingdon Village in St John’s Hill.

Whanganui is a city rich in history, natural beauty, and cultural splendour. The unique blend of historical landmarks mixed with the modern art scene makes Whanganui a great place to live and work.

Whanganui has an array of art galleries, green spaces and sancturies. Whanganui’s natural landscape is not one to overlook. With three stunning beaches, each has its own unique appeal, meaning there is something for every type of beach goer. Just down from Kowhainui Home and Village, there is also tree-lined Virginia Lake where at the centre you will find the Higginbottom Fountain; a copper and steel floating structure in the shape of a lily.

Another way to experience the city, is by taking a cruise up the Whanganui river aboard the iconic Paddle Steamer Waimarie – New Zealand’s only coal fired paddle boat!

In Manawatu, you’ll find Enliven’s Brightwater Home and Village and Willard Home in Palmerston North and Coombrae Home and Village in Feilding.

Palmerston North, or Palmy as it’s known, is a cultural, sports loving, agricultural city in the Manawatu region of the North Island. Centred around an attracted green space, known as The Square, Palmerston North’s CBD is flat and early to navigate on foot, by bike or by car. The town also has a fantastic public transport system, shops and café and restaurant scene.

A must visit, especially for families, is Victoria Esplanade at the edge of the city. This premier park boasts 26 hectares of bush walks, bike tracks and formal gardens. With mature trees, barbecues areas, a croquet lawns, a miniature railway, playground and paddling pool, there is something for everyone.

Just a short 15 minutes’ drive from Palmerston North is the charming town of Feilding, where you will find Enliven’s Coombrae Home and Village. Described as one of the most authentic country experiences you’ll ever witness, this Edwardian themed picturesque town has won the title ‘New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Town’ 14 times!

Originally built to service the surrounding farming district, you will be greeted with red-bricked pavements and a beautiful country outlook down every street. Feilding is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the bigger city where you will often be met with a friendly smile, earning this town the label of ‘Friendly Feilding’.

Enliven’s Levin War Veterans Home and Village and Reevedon Home and Village are situated in Horowhenua’s main township of Levin.

Nestled between the Kāpiti Coast and Palmerston North, with the Tasman Sea on one side and the Tararua Ranges on the other, Horowhenua offers a myriad of attractions for locals and visitors alike. From local eateries, fresh roadside produce from the local agricultural community, to outlet and antique shopping – there is always something to do.

In Horowhenua, you will also find New Zealand’s newest wine region and wineries, which produce wine with distinct characteristics thanks to the unique conditions of the Levin area.

For a change of pace, why not enjoy a picnic at the Thompson House Gardens, visit the bird life at Kuku Estuary, enjoy a movie the 1920’s themed Focal Point Cinema with double-seater armchairs, or play a round of golf at the picturesque Levin Golf Club. Living and working at Enliven’s Reevedon Home and Village or Levin War Veterans Home and Village means you will never be far from the many local walkways, scenic trails, shops, and attractions Horowhenua has to offer.

Wairarapa is home to Enliven’s Kandahar Home and Village and Kandahar Court, all of which are situated in the region’s largest town – Masterton.

Wairarapa is a rural region about an hour’s drive, or comfortable train ride, from New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. It’s known for its five boutique towns, spectacular coastlines and lush farmland, as well as vineyards, cafes, art studios and picturesque walking and cycling trails.

Traditionally a rural farming area, the Wairarapa is becoming popular with young families and retirees seeking small town life and the community spirit that comes with it. The region has it’s own small airport, while international airports are situated in neighbouring regions – Wellington and Palmerston North.

Masterton is the region’s main service centre offering a multitude of shops, supermarkets, banks, cafes, sportsgrounds, a hospital, recreation centre and all the usual services.

The smaller centres of Carterton, Greytown and Featherston are known for their treasure-trove of antique and second-hand stores, art and craft studios, delicious cafes and boutique owner-operated shops. Meanwhile, at nearby Martinborough or Gladstone you will find Wairarapa’s delicious wine country along with trappings of gourmet food.

Enliven has five rest homes, two retirement villages and a standalone day programme dotted across the wider Wellington region. It’s also the home of our Central Hub and health support services.

  • Woburn Home and Apartments, Lower Hutt
  • Huntleigh Home and Apartments, Karori
  • Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home, Johnsonville
  • Longview Home and Apartments, Tawa
  • Kapiti Day Programme, Paraparaumu

Described as ‘the coolest little capital in the world’, Wellington offers a myriad of attractions and a mix of culture, history, nature, and cuisine, making it a great place to set up home. With a range of public transport options and motorways to access the wider region, you’ll find it easy to explore.

Wellington’s vibrant café scene combines good food and even better coffee For something a little stronger, there’s a number of craft beer breweries, bars and a lively ever-changing hospitality scene with a mix of tapas, comfort food, fine dining and boutique eateries – there is something for everyone.

If you’re interested in the arts, Wellington is renowned for its creative culture, with numerous galleries, theatres and concerts for all tastes. One must see is New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, which has 6-storeys of cutting-edge interactive exhibitions that are great for adults and kids alike.

Enliven’s Levin War Veterans Home and Village and Reevedon Home and Village are situated in Horowhenua’s main township of Levin.

Nestled between the Kāpiti Coast and Palmerston North, with the Tasman Sea on one side and the Tararua Ranges on the other, Horowhenua offers a myriad of attractions for locals and visitors alike. From local eateries, fresh roadside produce from the local agricultural community, to outlet and antique shopping – there is always something to do.

In Horowhenua, you will also find New Zealand’s newest wine region and wineries, which produce wine with distinct characteristics thanks to the unique conditions of the Levin area.

For a change of pace, why not enjoy a picnic at the Thompson House Gardens, visit the bird life at Kuku Estuary, enjoy a movie the 1920’s themed Focal Point Cinema with double-seater armchairs, or play a round of golf at the picturesque Levin Golf Club. Living and working at Enliven’s Reevedon Home and Village or Levin War Veterans Home and Village means you will never be far from the many local walkways, scenic trails, shops, and attractions Horowhenua has to offer.

Wairarapa is home to Enliven’s Kandahar Home and Village and Kandahar Court, all of which are situated in the region’s largest town – Masterton.

Wairarapa is a rural region about an hour’s drive, or comfortable train ride, from New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. It’s known for its five boutique towns, spectacular coastlines and lush farmland, as well as vineyards, cafes, art studios and picturesque walking and cycling trails.

Traditionally a rural farming area, the Wairarapa is becoming popular with young families and retirees seeking small town life and the community spirit that comes with it. The region has it’s own small airport, while international airports are situated in neighbouring regions – Wellington and Palmerston North.

Masterton is the region’s main service centre offering a multitude of shops, supermarkets, banks, cafes, sportsgrounds, a hospital, recreation centre and all the usual services.

The smaller centres of Carterton, Greytown and Featherston are known for their treasure-trove of antique and second-hand stores, art and craft studios, delicious cafes and boutique owner-operated shops. Meanwhile, at nearby Martinborough or Gladstone you will find Wairarapa’s delicious wine country along with trappings of gourmet food.

Enliven has five rest homes, two retirement villages and a standalone day programme dotted across the wider Wellington region. It’s also the home of our Central Hub and health support services.

  • Woburn Home and Apartments, Lower Hutt
  • Huntleigh Home and Apartments, Karori
  • Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home, Johnsonville
  • Longview Home and Apartments, Tawa
  • Kapiti Day Programme, Paraparaumu

Described as ‘the coolest little capital in the world’, Wellington offers a myriad of attractions and a mix of culture, history, nature, and cuisine, making it a great place to set up home. With a range of public transport options and motorways to access the wider region, you’ll find it easy to explore.

Wellington’s vibrant café scene combines good food and even better coffee For something a little stronger, there’s a number of craft beer breweries, bars and a lively ever-changing hospitality scene with a mix of tapas, comfort food, fine dining and boutique eateries – there is something for everyone.

If you’re interested in the arts, Wellington is renowned for its creative culture, with numerous galleries, theatres and concerts for all tastes. One must see is New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, which has 6-storeys of cutting-edge interactive exhibitions that are great for adults and kids alike.

Enliven has nine rest homes, and three retirement villages across Otago. 

  • Aspiring Enliven Care Centre, Elmslie House and Wānaka Retirement Village, Wanaka
  • Holmdene, Balclutha
  • Iona Care Home and Columba Court Retirement Village, Oamaru
  • Ranui and Castlewood Care Homes and Ranui Court Retirement Village
  • Ross Home, St Andrews Care home, and Taieri Court Care Home, Dunedin
  • Taieri Court, Mosgeil

Wānaka is the ultimate hub for outdoor activities. Just a short drive to Mount Aspiring National Park, you can enjoy climbing, hiking, biking or winter skiing across beautiful mountain scapes. The nearby lakes and rivers are ideal for kayaking, fishing, lake cruises and jetboating. A hot spot for tourists, you can find great food and locally crafted beer, wine and spirits on virtually every street corner.

Enjoy all the advantages of urban living with the convenience of a smaller city. Dunedin hosts gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian heritage buildings. Nowadays, these are filled with quirky cafes, boutiques and other attractions. You can explore over 25 beautiful beaches, if you’re not afraid of the cold Pacific Ocean waves! Dunedin is also home to rare wildlife – in the Otago Peninsula you can spot little blue penguins, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, sea lions, and giant albatross.

Balclutha is a small town sitting on the banks of the Clutha River. The commercial centre of the agricultural region of South Otago, Balclutha has all the amenities you need. A gateway to the Catlins, Balclutha is just a short drive from the spectacular coastal stretch that boasts untouched natural beauty. Here you will find native forests fringed by high cliffs, deserted sandy beaches, waterfalls, hidden lakes, and caves.

Uncover an authentic Victorian precinct while exploring the imaginative fantasy steampunk world in Oamaru. Oamaru is a celebration of art, history and food. Venture into Oamaru a little further and you’ll find shopping, craft, and the beautiful public gardens. Nature is on show with Duntroon geological rock landscape and Moeraki boulders just a short drive away.

Alexandra is a wine and fruit growing haven and home to a community that thrives on recreation and outdoor adventure. On foot or mountain bike, you can follow trails in the hills to appreciate the unique beauty of the area. In summer and autumn you can enjoy local apricots, peaches, cherries and apples. In winter, go ice skating on Manorburn Dam with its 30 hectares of natural ice. With plenty of bike trails, including the start of the Otago Central Rail Trail, Alexandra is a mountain bikers dream.

Enliven has nine rest homes, and three retirement villages across Otago. 

  • Aspiring Enliven Care Centre, Elmslie House and Wānaka Retirement Village, Wanaka
  • Holmdene, Balclutha
  • Iona Care Home and Columba Court Retirement Village, Oamaru
  • Ranui and Castlewood Care Homes and Ranui Court Retirement Village
  • Ross Home, St Andrews Care home, and Taieri Court Care Home, Dunedin
  • Taieri Court, Mosgeil

Wānaka is the ultimate hub for outdoor activities. Just a short drive to Mount Aspiring National Park, you can enjoy climbing, hiking, biking or winter skiing across beautiful mountain scapes. The nearby lakes and rivers are ideal for kayaking, fishing, lake cruises and jetboating. A hot spot for tourists, you can find great food and locally crafted beer, wine and spirits on virtually every street corner.

Enjoy all the advantages of urban living with the convenience of a smaller city. Dunedin hosts gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian heritage buildings. Nowadays, these are filled with quirky cafes, boutiques and other attractions. You can explore over 25 beautiful beaches, if you’re not afraid of the cold Pacific Ocean waves! Dunedin is also home to rare wildlife – in the Otago Peninsula you can spot little blue penguins, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, sea lions, and giant albatross.

Balclutha is a small town sitting on the banks of the Clutha River. The commercial centre of the agricultural region of South Otago, Balclutha has all the amenities you need. A gateway to the Catlins, Balclutha is just a short drive from the spectacular coastal stretch that boasts untouched natural beauty. Here you will find native forests fringed by high cliffs, deserted sandy beaches, waterfalls, hidden lakes, and caves.

Uncover an authentic Victorian precinct while exploring the imaginative fantasy steampunk world in Oamaru. Oamaru is a celebration of art, history and food. Venture into Oamaru a little further and you’ll find shopping, craft, and the beautiful public gardens. Nature is on show with Duntroon geological rock landscape and Moeraki boulders just a short drive away.

Alexandra is a wine and fruit growing haven and home to a community that thrives on recreation and outdoor adventure. On foot or mountain bike, you can follow trails in the hills to appreciate the unique beauty of the area. In summer and autumn you can enjoy local apricots, peaches, cherries and apples. In winter, go ice skating on Manorburn Dam with its 30 hectares of natural ice. With plenty of bike trails, including the start of the Otago Central Rail Trail, Alexandra is a mountain bikers dream.