West Coast

Te Tai o Poutini/West Coast has views of both the mountain ranges and the ocean! It is an untamed natural wilderness of beautiful rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. 

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Te Whatu Ora | Te Tai o Poutini West Coast

Te Tai o Poutini (West Coast) provides health care services to one of the largest geographical areas in Aotearoa. Based on the West Coast of the South Island, covering an area from Karamea in the North to Haast in the South and services approximately 32,000 people.  

The West Coast Region

The West Coast region is characterized by awe-inspiring and ancient panoramas, towering mountains covered in snow, massive glaciers, lush rainforests, grassy tussock lands, serene lakes, winding rivers, swampy wetlands, and beautiful beaches.

The West Coast area located on the western side of the South Island in New Zealand can be described as a slender piece of heaven. It is situated between the Southern Alps, which lie to the east, and the rough, isolated beaches of the West Coast to the west.

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Greymouth, Westport and Reefton

There are three major health care facilities in Greymouth, Westport, and Reefton, and five general practices across the region. We employ over 1,000 people, almost half of which are Nurses.

We offer a wide range of services including a comprehensive mental health service – both inpatient and community – with acute, rehabilitation, child and family, and alcohol and drug services. 

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of rural healthcare, nurses provide everyday care to communities and are first responders for any emergencies in the remote areas

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Hospital Services

Here's a list of medical services and specialties offered in the West Coast

A to G

Alcohol and Drug Services 
Cancer Support Services 
Child and Adolescent Mental Health 
Child Health
Community Mental Health Services
Critical Care Unit
Dementia Unit
Emergency Department
General Medical
General Surgical


H to Z

Maori Mental Health
Mental Health Crisis Team
Mental Health Unit
Midwifery Services
Oncology and Palliative Care
Oral Health Services
Primary Care
Rural Health Clinics
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Local Information

Rental agencies

For short-term stays

 Getting around

  • The New Zealand Transport Agency operates bus routes in the West Coast.
  • Ideally you’ll need your own vehicle if you are wanting to explore the beautiful West Coast, though our towns are all walkable and cycling friendly. Rental vehicles are also a good option.
  • Explore the breathtaking Southern Alps via the TranzAlpine train.

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Relocating to the West Coast

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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