Whanganui has something for everyone. Our centrally located region offers access to outdoor activities such as kayaking, skiing, surfing, tramping, cycling, fishing and hunting. Nestled between two snow-capped mountains, on the banks of Whanganui River there is always plenty to do and explore.  

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Te Whatu Ora | Whanganui

The vision for Whanganui Hospital is He Hāpori Ora - Thriving Communities. It outlines our commitment to achieving equity, particularly for Māori, in working with our partners in care in a social governance model and enables individuals, whānau and communities to be healthy at home. Collectively, we will work together to build resilient communities, empowering whānau and individuals to determine their own wellbeing.

The Whanganui Region

Whanganui is widely regarded by its inhabitants as one of the most attractive and historically important cities in Aotearoa, New Zealand's provinces. The city exerts a strong influence over its 65,000 residents and serves as a central hub for the 16,000 people residing in the surrounding districts.

Located on the west coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand's North Island, Whanganui sits at the mouth of the Whanganui River, Aotearoa, New Zealand's third-longest river. For those who enjoy skiing and outdoor activities, the proximity of the picture-perfect, snow-covered, Mt Ruapehu - only a two-hour drive from the city - is an invaluable asset.


Whanganui Hospital

Whanganui Hospital is located in the centre of this beautiful region, our hospital encourages a relaxed and healthy work life balance which is a great reason to consider us. Whanganui Hospital is a 138 bed - Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) secondary hospital, including acute mental health inpatient facilities.


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Hospital Services

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

A to D

Acute mental health ward (adult)
Ambulatory clinics
Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation Ward/Acute Stroke Unit
Child Development Service
Children’s Ward
Community Assessment and Rahab Team
Community based clinics that support the people of Whanganui in their health journey
Community Mental Health and Addiction Services
Critical Care Unit 
Dental Services
Dietetics Service

E to Z

Emergency Department (15 bed) Acute Assessment Unit
Forensic Mental Health unit
Maternal Infant Child Adolescent Mental Health and Addition Services
Maternity unit
Medical ward
Occupational Therapy Service
Older Peoples health
Operating theatres
Physiotherapy Service
Social Work Service
Speech Language Therapy Service
Surgical Ward
Therapy Services
X-ray and Radiology
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Local Information

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For short-term stays

Getting around

  • Lets go Whanganui operates from the city centre to outer suburbs. 
  • Discover Whanganui by walking, cycling or hiking. 
  • Taxis and Ubers also operate around the main centres and there are many rental vehicle providers.

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Relocating to Whanganui

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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