Taranaki Healthcare

Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth provides first-class emergency, intensive and medical care to the community.

Looking for general healthcare information?

The region is well served by general practitioners, surgical specialists and nurses.

District Health Board

Taranaki DHB provides health services in the Taranaki region.

Taranaki DHB

Public hospitals

There are 2 public hospitals in the Taranaki region. The main hospital is Taranaki Base hospital in New Plymouth and there is a smaller hospital in Hawera.

Taranaki Base Hospital | Taranaki DHB

Private hospitals

Southern Cross Hospital is the only private hospital in the region.

Southern Cross Hospital


All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.

Dental Council of New Zealand

Local Health Centres and doctors (GPs)

Doctors (GPs)  are fully trained medical doctors who can advise you on your health and refer you for further tests or specialist treatment if needed. GPs are registered with a Primary Health Organisation (PHO).

You can find medical centres in the Taranaki region that belong to the Midlands Health Network here:

Find a medical centre | Midlands Health Network

The standard consultation fees are given here:

Patient fees Taranaki | Midlands Health Network

Mental Health Services

Mental healthcare services in the Taranaki region are provided by Taranaki DHB. Look on their website for details.

Mental health services | Taranaki DHB

After hours clinics

If you are feeling unwell or need some urgent medical advice, Healthline offers a 24 hour health service over the phone. You can call them on 0800 611 116.

Phoenix Urgent Doctors in New Plymouth offers an after hours urgent care service.

The Medicross Accident and Medical Clinic is a New Plymouth-based Urgent Care and multi-doctor General Practice Centre.

About Healthline | Ministry of Health

Phoenix Urgent Doctors | Phoenix Home

Medicross Accident and Medical Clinic

After hours pharmacies

There are two urgent pharmacies operating extended hours in New Plymouth.

  • Vivian Pharmacy, 95 Vivian Street, New Plymouth. Phone: 06 758 8263; Email: info@vivianpharmacy.co.nz
  • City Care Pharmacy, 10 Egmont Street, New Plymouth, Phone: 06 757 4614 Email: citcare@xtra.co.nz  

The following pharmacies are open seven days a week in New Plymouth retail centres:  

  • Life Pharmacy, Shop 13, Centre City Shopping Centre, 11 Gill Street, New Plymouth, P: 06 759 4023, E: centre.city@lifepharmacy.co.nz
  • Robertsons Pharmacy, The Valley Mega Centre, Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth, P: 06 769 6030; E: valley@robertsonspharmacy.co.nz


The Plunket Society (Plunket) offers information, support and developmental assessments of children at varying stages between birth and 5 years. They also organise car seat rental schemes, parenting education and parenting groups. See these links for services in your area.

Plunket also offers a free parent helpline and advice service available to all families and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922 for parenting help.

Taranaki | Plunket

Plunket line | Plunket

Having a baby

There are various options available for giving birth in the Taranaki region. Check on the Ministry of Health website to see what is available in your area.

Maternity | Taranaki DHB

Parents Centre

A leading provider of child birth education, parent education and support services to New Zealand parents.

New Plymouth Parents Centre

Senior line

Senior Line is a phone service and online portal with information for older people and their carers who are making decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, day care options and rest homes. Call 0800 725 463 or visit the website

Taranaki | Senior line


Hospice is specialist care given to those with life-limiting illness. Hospice Taranaki provides hospice care in the region free of charge and in the setting of their choice.

Hospice Taranaki

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Page last updated: 05/09/2016

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