The Canterbury region is a great place to live and work due to its natural beauty, vibrant economy, cultural diversity, strong community, and high quality of life.

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Te Whatu Ora | Waitaha Canterbury

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha (Canterbury) is the largest employer in Te Waipounamu (South Island). We deliver healthcare services to over 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region, covering an area of the East Coast of the South Island from Kaikōura in the North, to Ashburton in the South, as well as the Rēkohu (Chatham Islands).

The Canterbury Region

Canterbury is the home of the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range, is well-known for its outdoor adventure activities on offer, and scenic filming locations for the Lord of the Rings movies.

The Canterbury region is located on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. Ōtautahi Christchurch, is the second largest city in Aotearoa New Zealand and the largest city in Te Waipounamu, the South Island.


The Christchurch Campus

Situated on the Christchurch Campus is Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch Women’s Hospital, Waipapa (a purpose-built ‘state of the art facility’ for acute services which opened in 2020) and Christchurch Outpatients.

Christchurch Hospital is the largest tertiary, teaching and research hospital in Te Waipounamu with 836 beds, delivering a full range of emergency, acute, elective and outpatient services, and has the busiest emergency department in Australasia.

Christchurch Women’s Hospital delivers a full range of tertiary and secondary maternity services.

Burwood Hospital is one of Aotearoa’s centres of excellence for rehabilitation and elective orthopaedic surgery and houses our Older Persons Health services. It is also one of only two leading providers of specialist Spinal Rehabilitation Care in Aotearoa.

Our Specialist Mental Health Services deliver inpatient, outpatient, community based and mobile services to both adults and children.

Ashburton and Rural Health Services covers specialist medicine and community services with several smaller rural hospitals that work closely with local primary care.

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha also provides services to Te Tai o Poutini (West Coast) as part of a unique transalpine relationship.

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Hospital Services

Here's a list of medical services offered in the region

Christchurch Campus Services

Acute Medical Assessment
Acute Stroke
Canterbury Health Laboratories
Cath Lab
Coronary Care Unit
Cystic Fibrosis
Emergency Department
Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
General Medicine
General Surgery
Hyperbaric Medicine
Infection Prevention and Control Service
Intensive Care Unit
Medical Physics & Bioengineering
Medical Progressive Care
Maori Health
National Bowel Screening
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Nuclear Medicine
Occupational Therapy
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Pain Management
Perioperative Services
Plastic Surgery
Quality and Patient Safety
Rheumatology and Immunology
Sexual Health Service
Social Work
Speech Language Therapy
Surgical Progressive Care
Vascular, Endovascular and Transplant

Child Health

Child and Family Safety Service
Children's Emergency Care
Children's Oncology and Haematology
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Paediatric Medical Ward
Paediatric High Care
Paediatric Outpatient Department
Paediatric Surgical Ward

Canterbury Regional Cancer and Haematology

Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
Haematology Day Unit
Medical Oncology
Oncology Research
Palliative Care
Radiation Oncology

Christchurch Women's Hospital

Birthing Suite - Tertiary and secondary level care 
Maternity Ward and Maternity Assessment
Community Maternity Units: Ashburton, Rolleston, Rangiora

Burwood Hospital

Brain Injury Unit
Community Dental Service
Infusion Service
Older Persons Health
Older Persons Mental Health
Orthopaedic Services
Perioperative Services
Public Health Nursing Team
Spinal Unit

Specialist Mental Health Services

Adult Acute Inpatient Services
Adult Community Mental Health Services
Adult Emergency Mental Health Services
Anxiety Disorders
Child, Adolescent and Family Emergency Services
Child and Adolescent Inpatient Services
Child, Adolescent and Family Community and Outreach Services
Christchurch Opioid Recovery Service
Community Alcohol and Drug Service
Eating Disorders
Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (Totara House)
Forensic Mental Health Services
Intellectual Disability Service
Kennedy Detox Unit
Mothers and Babies Service
Psychiatric Service for Adults with an Intellectual Disability (PSAID)

Ashburton and Rural Health Facilities

In-patient facilities
Day patient facilities
Outpatient and community services
Rural Hospitals in Kaikoura:
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Local Information

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 Getting around

  • Metro buses operate 7 days a week from the city centre to outer suburbs. ​
  • Taxis and rideshare services Zoomy, Ola and Uber are also available in Christchurch as well as a variety of rental vehicle providers. 
  • For the keen cyclists there are now more than 60km of cycle ways around Christchurch and the central city, which make getting around much safer and easier for everyone. 
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Relocating to Canterbury

Need some help with settling in? Use our settlement booklet as a handy guide to refer back to any time so you can feel right at home in Aotearoa in no time. 

Take the next step

Made the decision to move to Aotearoa, New Zealand? Fill out our five-minute form with your details, and we'll match you to your preferred location based on your experience and preferences.

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