Bay of Plenty Healthcare

Excellent health services are available throughout the region. However depending on your condition or where you live, you may have to travel to Tauranga or Rotorua to access services.
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In Rotorua if you ring 111 for an ambulance in an emergency and you do not have residency status, the charge is $800. 

Public Hospitals

There are 3 public hospitals in the Bay of Plenty region:

  • Tauranga Hospital
  • Whakatane Hospital 
  • Rotorua Hospital

Te Whatu Ora | Bay of Plenty

Te Whatu Ora | Rotorua Hospital

Private hospitals

There is one Southern Cross hospital in Rotorua, and a partner hospital in Tauranga

To find Private hospitals in the wider Bay of Plenty region search on this Ministry of Health webpage

Southern Cross QE hospital

Grace Hospital

Private hospitals | Ministry of Health


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

Health Centres and doctors (GPs)

Registered practitioners (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).

Enrolling with your local doctor will save you money and help keep you and your family healthy.

To find a GP in the Tauranga or Rotorua area use the links below. 

Enrolling with your local doctor

Find a doctor | Te Whatu Ora Bay of Plenty

Find a GP | Rotorua Area Primary Health Services

Find a GP | Healthpoint

Mental Health Services

Mental healthcare services in the Bay of Plenty are provided by Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Bay of Plenty, and Lakes. 

For urgent assistance after hours 7 days a week: 0800 800 717 or ring Healthline ph 0800 611 116

Mental health-addiction services | Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand - Bay of Plenty

Mental health services | Te Whatu Ora Lakes

After hours clinics

There are several after-hours medical facilities in the Bay of Plenty.

Accident & HealthCare Medical Centre is Tauranga's largest walk-in medical facility, open from 8am to 9pm every day of the year.

Accident & Healthcare

Rotorua after hours accident and urgent healthcare is available at Lakes Primecare. 

Lakes Primecare | Health pages

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.

About Healthline | Ministry of Health

After hours pharmacies

The doctor or health practitioner who writes your prescription will probably know the one closest to you. The centres listed above both have pharmacies associated with them. Lakes Care Pharmacy is the only after hours Pharmacy in Rotorua.

Find an after hours pharmacy near you | Healthpoint

Lakes Care Pharmacy


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 education services, parenting education and parenting groups. See the links below 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.

Rotorua | Plunket

Tauranga | Plunket

Plunket line | Plunket

Having a baby

A wide range of maternity services are available in the Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty maternity facilities | Ministry of Health

Lakes maternity facilities | Ministry of Health

Parent groups

The Parent Centre has second-hand kids gear, parents courses, workshops, and support networks.

Rotorua | Parent Centre

Tauranga | Parent Centre

Whakatane | Parent Centre

SPACE - Supporting Parents Alongside Children's Education

SPACE is a programme for first time parents. Sessions run weekly for through the first year of your child’s life.

Find a programme | SPACE

Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent is a support and information network for parents who have children and family members with disabilities, health impairments or special needs. Services for Rotorua are part of the Central Lakes Districts.

Central Lakes District | Parent2Parent 

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.

Bay of Plenty | Senior line

Lakes | Senior line


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

Hospice care in Bay of Plenty

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