Taranaki is a magical place with a majestic mountain at its heart, including the rugged coastline that's world-renowned for its surf. Its residents' love of art and culture, cafes and outdoor living mean it's also fantastic to work—and play!

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Te Whatu Ora | Taranaki

Te Whatu Ora – Taranaki serves a population of around 130,000 urban and rural residents with a team of more than 2,500 medical professionals working from Taranaki Base Hospital, a rural hospital in Hāwera, in a network of community health centres as well as mobile dental clinics.

The Taranaki Region

The Taranaki region is well known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant arts and culture scene. Mount Taranaki is the region's namesake and most recognisable landmark is a stunning, symmetrical volcano. The city of New Plymouth is the largest settlement in the region and is located on the coast in the northern part of the region.

The Taranaki region is located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Look for the distinctive cone-shaped Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont), which is the centerpiece of the region. Taranaki is bordered by the Tasman Sea to the west and the Manawatu-Wanganui, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty regions to the east.


Hāwera Hospital

Hāwera Hospital offers inpatient beds with ensuites, a maternity suite, outpatients, a purpose-built dental unit, community Mental health, District Nursing, radiology and laboratory departments and a 24-hour emergency department.

Base Hospital has maternity, ED, ICU, mental health and maternity services plus new paediatric and surgical wards as well as wards dedicated to general medicine and older people’s health.

Our Project Maunga hospital rebuild includes a new green star rated renal unit opened in November, 2022, the new East Wing building housing acute and maternity and radiology services under construction, as well as a new cancer centre about to break ground.

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Hospital Services

Here's a list of medical services offered in Taranaki, in alphabetical order.

Services A to I

Acute Mental Health & Addictions
Emergency Medicine
General Practice
General Surgery
Intensive Care and Anaesthesia
Interventional Radiology

Services J to Z

Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Paediatrics & Neonatal
Rural Medicine
Stroke and Rehabilitation
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Local Information

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Getting around

  • Citylink buses runs weekday commuter services within urban New Plymouth and to Bell Block-Waitara. Connector and Southlink buses are also available. 
  • Taxis and Ubers also operate around the main centres as well as several rental vehicle companies.

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Relocating to Taranaki

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. 

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