Northland Healthcare

A comprehensive range of health services is available in the region. However, many of them are located in Whangarei, so if you live elsewhere in Northland you may need to travel to access them.
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District Health Board

The District Health Board in Northland is the Northland DHB. They are responsible for providing, or funding the provision of, health and disability services for the people of Northland.

The district health board covers a large geographical area from Te Hana in the south to Cape Reinga in the north. They contract local health providers to make services available to the public.

Northland DHB

Public hospitals

There are four hospitals in the Northland region:

  • Whangarei hospital
  • Bay of Island hospital
  • Dargaville hospital
  • Kaitaia

Hospitals in Northland | Northland DHB

Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust is a charity offering a wide range of health services for those enrolled and living in the Hokianga area.

Hokianga Health

Private Hospitals

There are three private hospitals in Northland

Private hospitals | Ministry of Health

Ambulance service

St Johns Ambulance provide the local ambulance service. They are located in Ruakaka in Northland.

Northland | St Johns Ambulance


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

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.

Search the District Health board site to find a PHO and GPs in the Northland region

Enrolling with your local doctor

Primary Health | Northland DHB

Find a GP | Healthpoint

Mental health services

Mental healthcare services in Northland are provided by Northland dhb. Look on their website for details

Northland DHB mental health | Healthpoint

After hours and emergency services

After hours healthcare is available through White Cross Accident and Medical Clinic on (09) 470 1083.

Kensington Pharmacy in Whangarei is open after hours.

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

White Cross Accident and Medical

Find an after hours centre near you | Healthpoint

About Healthline | Ministry of Health

Having a baby

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

Northland maternity facilities | 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 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.

Northland | Plunket


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 in Northland