It comes after Te Whatu Ora hospital nurses voted to accept the new and improved pay offer brokered by arbitration.
The Government's new offer brings the total value of the pay equity settlement to $4 billion.
Around 57,000 NZNO members will strike on Saturday.
"Some of the nurses and healthcare assistants are the hardest working people you see and they're continually not prioritised."
It's the first time in 35 years Plunket nurses have gone on strike after more than a year of failed negotiations.
"Anywhere interests me a little bit, but New Zealand definitely for the landscape and the people."
Nurses will refuse to do overtime all of this week.
Nearly one in three nursing students are dropping out before qualifying.
The nurses' union and the Public Service Association had been negotiating with district health boards on gender pay equity since 2018.