Canterbury Healthcare

Canterbury's health providers have received international recognition for their integrated system which includes a number of hospitals in Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru.
Looking for general healthcare information?

District Health Boards

Health services in Christchurch and Ashburton in the Canterbury region are provided by Canterbury DHB. Health services in Timaru are provided by South Canterbury DHB.

Canterbury DHB

South Canterbury DHB

Public Hospitals

Canterbury and Ashburton

The main hospital in the Canterbury region is Christchurch Hospital, with a smaller one in Ashburton. There are also several small rural hospitals. For all hospitals in the Canterbury region check the Canterbury DHB website.

Hospitals in the Canterbury region | Canterbury DHB


Timaru Hospital is the only hospital in the South Canterbury region.

Timaru Hospital | South Canterbury DHB

Private Hospitals

To find private hospitals in this region search on the Ministry of Health webpage.

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

Doctors (GPs) and local health centres

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). 

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

To find a GP near you use the links below.

Enrolling with your local doctor

Find a GP | Healthpoint

North and central Canterbury

Find a GP | Pegasus Health

South Canterbury

Finding a GP | South Canterbury DHB

Mental Health Services

Mental health services in Canterbury are provided by Canterbury DHB. Mental health services in South Canterbury are provided by the South Canterbury DHB. See their websites for details.

If you are feeling distressed or if you need someone to talk to, you can call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor. This is a free service and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mental health services | Canterbury DHB

Search mental health services - Timaru | Healthpoint

After Hours Medical

For information about after hours healthcare and emergencies see the relevant DHB website.

After hours - Emergencies | Canterbury DHB 

After hours GP services | South Canterbury DHB 

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


The Plunket Society (Plunket) offers information, support and developmental assessments of children at varying stages between birth and 5 years. They also organise 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.

Canterbury | Plunket

Plunket Line | Plunket

Having a baby

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

Canterbury maternity facilities | Ministry of Health

South Canterbury maternity facilities | Ministry of Health

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.

Canterbury | Senior line

South Canterbury | Senior line


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

Hospice Canterbury

Hospice South Canterbury