Whanganui - Manawatu Healthcare

Healthcare services are widely available throughout the Whanganui-Manawatu region, though for you may have to travel to hospitals in Palmerston North or Whanganui for specialist care.
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District Health Boards

There are two District Health Boards (DHBs) in the Whanganui-Manawatu region. Whanganui District Health Board which serves the Whanganui area and MidCentral Health Board which serves the Palmerston North area.

Whanganui DHB

MidCentral DHB

Public hospitals

There are 2 hospitals in this region: Whanganui Hospital and Palmerston North Hospital

Whanganui Hospital | Whanganui DHB

Palmerston North Hospital | MidCentral DHB

Private hospitals

To find Private hospitals in this region search on this 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

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).

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

To find a PHO and GPs in the Whanganui-Manawatu region use the links below.

Enrolling with your local doctor

Find a GP | Whanganui DHB

Find a GP | Central PHO

Find a GP | Healthpoint 

Mental Health Services

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

Mental healthcare services in the Palmerston North area are provided by MidCentral DHB. Look on their website for details

Mental health services | Whanganui DHB 

Mental health services | MidCentral 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.

Whanganui DHB runs an after hours GP service in Whanganui Hospital's Emergency Department. The Palms health centre in Palmerston North offers after hours health care, and so does City Doctors.

After hours care | Whanganui DHB 

The Palms | Radius Medical

City Doctors | Central PHO

After hours pharmacies

The Whanganui Hospital Emergency department (see above) also provides the district's after hours pharmacy service.

After hours pharmacy details for Manawatu are listed on this Central PHO page

After Hours Pharmacies | Central PHO 


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.

Manawatu/Whanganui | Plunket

Plunket line | Plunket

Having a baby

There are various options available for giving birth in the Whanganui/Manawatu region. Check on the Ministry of Health web-site to see what is available in your area.

Whanganui maternity facilities | Ministry of Health

Mid Central 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 websites.

Whanganui | Senior line

Mid Central | Senior line


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

Arohanui Hospice Palmerston North

Hospice Whanganui