Hospitals & Services
Find out about the maternity facilities at Kaikoura Hospital.
About Kaikoura Hospital
Kaikoura Hospital is located in the Kaikoura District of Canterbury, on the east coast of the South Island, approximately two hours' drive north of Christchurch. It provides birthing and postnatal services and aims to provide a supportive and family friendly environment to welcome the safe arrival of your baby.
Pregnancy and birth are normal physiological processes for the majority of women. If you have no complications detected, the option of birthing at a primary birthing unit should be offered and encouraged. By choosing to birth at a primary facility, you are more likely to have a normal birth and less likely to need interventions.
The hospital is located within rural community hospital where not only full midwifery care is offered, but where a local team of GPs provides skill and expertise in both obstetrics and paediatrics to provide support and assistance.
For pregnancies and births that require additional support and input Kaikoura Maternity works closely with colleagues in Christchurch.
Kaikoura Hospital has three maternity beds for labour, birth and postnatal care for low risk pregnancies. Postnatal home support is provided by midwives.
New Zealand 7300
Phone 03-319 7773
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Visiting hours are from 10am – 8pm in summer or to 6pm in winter (for security shut down).
A sober partner/support person may stay. A pull-out sofa bed is provided and meals are also provided.
Wifi is not currently available.
Use of mobile phones policy. You are welcome to bring your own mobile phone. This can be used freely within the facility, while respecting others privacy and consideration for those requiring rest.
Patient telephone is available 03 319 7770. Dial 1 first for outside call (local numbers only)
TV is available.
Newspapers are available on request
The kitchen provides for dietary requirements where possible.
Morning and afternoon tea, and supper is provided for mothers.
There is no on-site café.
Tea, coffee, milo, toast and plain biscuits are provided for snacks.
All women using Kaikoura Maternity Hospital have access to all the maternity services and out-patient services provided through the CDHB. These are mainly located at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. You should talk with your LMC to access the services.