Abortion Services in New Zealand

Lakes DHB

Taupo District, Rotorua District

Licensed institutions

Rotorua Hospital at Te Aka Tauawhi Tangata - Women's Clinic (Tauawhi)

Street Address: Cnr Arawa & Ranolf Street, Rotorua
Postal Address: Private Bag 3023, Rotorua
Phone: (07) 348 1199
Facsimile: (07) 349 1309

Services provided

As from February 2018 services are available for surgical abortions up to 14 weeks and medical abortions up to 9 weeks.

First trimester


The booking office is open 8am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday.

To be referred please contact one of the following:

Te Aka Tauawhi Tangata Free Phone 0800 726 447

Your GP

Rotovegas Youth Health (free for 15-24 yr olds) Phone 07 343 1013

Convenient Care Clinic Phone 07 348 8454

Rangiora Sexual Health Clinic Phone 07 349 7918

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.

Information required from the referrer:

NHI number, patient contact details, gestation date scanning, first antenatal bloods and STI screening swabs.


There are certifying doctors working in these clinics who are able to provide this. Some patients will be referred with one certificate from their referring doctor.


Counselling is optional ans is available through the social work team at Rotorua Hospital. Social workers are accessed through the main hospital switchboard number listed above (07 348 1199). Only those who request counselling or those women whose GP considers counselling is important or necessary are seen.

Post-abortion counselling is available.

The procedure

Medical Termination:

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

Surgical Termination at Rotorua Hospital:

Available up to 14 weeks. The procedure is vacuum aspiration under light sedation and local anaesthetic (awake).

General anaesthetic can be arranged on rare occasions for certain medical reasons.

Surgical Termination more than 14 weeks pregnant:

If you are more than 14 weeks pregnant, surgical termination can be accessed via an Auckland gynaecologist. You will need to be referred by your referring doctor.



Follow-up is provided by your GP or othe referring health care provider. Complications requiring admission will be dealt with at Rotorua Hospital.

Postabortion counsellingg is available by referral to the social work team at Rotorua Hospital.


The service is free for eligible patients. The charge for those ineligible for publicly-funded services is approximately $1300.

Second trimester - all grounds, other than fetal anomaly

Second trimester terminations are arranged by the referring GP through an Auckland gynaecologist phone 09 520 9361.

Travel and accommodation costs are covered by WINZ for women with a Community Services card.

The first certificate can be provided locally.

Second trimester - fetal anomaly

Terminations of pregnancy for fetal abnormality are normally carried out at Rotorua Hospital, depending on gestation.

Referrals are made via the antenatal clinic.

Second trimester terminations for fetal anomaly are carried out using mifepristone and misoprostol.

DHB responsibilities

All District Health Boards are required to provide termination of pregnancy services "for those women who meet the criteria provided by the Crimes Act 1961 and the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977". See Ministry of Health. However they may not necessarily provide the services themselves. Accessing accurate, up-to-date and informative details about how individual District Health Boards provide these services, has been extremely difficult. The information provided here is the best that we have been able to obtain for this district to date. We will continue to update the website as we obtain further information.

Last Updated: 27 July 2019