Where to go

Rotorua Hospital

Rotorua Hospital provides local anaesthelic surgical abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and medical abortion up to 9 weeks at Te Aka Tauawhi Tangata - Women's Clinic (Tauawhi).

A second trimester surgical and medical service is available at Rotorua Hospital for women from Lakes DHB only. 

The First Step

To be referred, please contact one of the following :

  • Te Aka Tauawhi Tangata   Phone  0800 726 447
  • Your GP
  • Rotovegas Youth Health (free for 15-24 y olds)  Phone  07 3431013
  • Convenient Care Clinic  Phone 07 3488454
  • Rangiora Sexual Health Clinic  Phone  07 3497918

The doctor will talk to you and organise some essential blood and swab tests, and an ultrasound if required. You will be offered a counselling appointment and, if you wish, be referred to Tauawhi at Rotorua Hospital


Counselling is optional and is available through the social work team at Rotorua Hospital. Post abortion counselling appointments are also available.  

Medical Termination

Medical termination (taking pills) is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy. 

Surgical Termination at Rotorua Hospital

Vacuum aspiration is available up to 14 weeks under light sedation and local anaesthetic (awake).

Termination more than 14 weeks pregnant

If you are more than 14 weeks pregnant, there is both a medical and surgical second trimester service at Rotorua Hospital. It is stall accessed by the same pathway as early abortions.

Follow up

Follow-up is provided by your referring health care provider. Post abortion Counselling is available by referral to the social work team at Rotorua Hospital.