COVID-19 information for the public

The all-of-Government response website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place. The aim of this site is to give people simple steps to unite against the virus and slow its spread, including advice on health, self-isolation, travel, financial support, business and many more areas of life being impacted by COVID-19.

Getting tested for COVID-19

Taranaki DHB has four community-based locations in the Taranaki (New Plymouth, Waitara, Hawera and Opunake) for COVID-19 testing.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing symptoms relating to COVID-19 you can get advice and arrange testing through the following options:

For Māori health support and information on testing please contact:

COVID-19 testing clinics

Please call or text the testing clinics first. If you’ve been referred to the testing clinics from your doctor/GP please go home and wait for clinic staff to contact you with a test appointment time. We ask you not to show up without an appointment, as this will help us manage the waiting times better. There is NO CHARGE for testing, it is FREE.

Please note, the testing clinics are only for COVID-19 swab testing and do not provide any other medical treatment, including influenza vaccinations. You need to contact your general practice, doctor or pharmacy for this. 


Base Hospital, David Street, Westown, New Plymouth
Located in the old St Johns Ambulance building (Lorna Street/Gate 3 entrance)
PHONE: Please call/text in advance: 027 380 1433
HOURS: Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm / Saturday and Sunday, 9am-1pm

MediCross Urgent Care & GP Clinic, Egmont Street, New Plymouth
PHONE: Please call to book an appointment: (06) 759 8915
HOURS: Medicross is open 8am - 8pm, but testing hours are between 10am - 4pm, 7 days a week / e-referral will be operational soon.


Hāwera Hospital, Hunter Street, Hāwera
Please call/text 027 380 0894 and discuss your needs with the testing team and they will arrange an appropriate time for you to come in, or find a solution for testing if you cannot access one of the clinics. There is NO CHARGE for testing, it is FREE.
HOURS: 10am - 2pm, 7 days a week in Hāwera, however testing hours may vary.


Waitara Health Centre, 26 Grey Street, Waitara
PHONE: Please call in advance (06) 754 8119
HOURS: Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5.30pm


Opunake Health Centre/Coastal Care, 26 Napier Street, Opunake
PHONE: Please call in advance (06) 761 7324
HOURS: Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Visitors policy

At Alert Level 1, Taranaki DHB’s visitor policy remains unchanged. However we encourage all visitors coming into our hospitals and health centres to continue using the QR code for tracing purposes and recommend people keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while on our premises, use face coverings if it makes you feel more comfortable, use hand sanitizer on entry, practise cough or sneeze etiquette, and please stay at home if you are unwell.

To ensure our patients have the opportunity to get well, and care is able to be provided by our clinicians, we strictly adhere to our visiting hours found below. Visiting outside of these hours is not permitted unless by prior arrangement with nursing staff.

Please do not come in for appointments and to visit patients if you are unwell or have been unwell or have had a stomach bug in the last two days.

We encourage patients to bring in their cell phones to keep in touch with families. General inquiry calls are not put through to the wards.

Please download the NZ COVID-19 tracer app so you can use the QR Codes when coming into our hospitals and other health centres. This will help you keep a record of when you’ve visited our sites.

While it is great for everyone to be able to visit those in hospital we need to remember that patients in our care need time for rest and recovery.

WARD 2A, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B
Monday to Sunday: 2pm - 8pm

Open visiting for immediate family/caregiver only
General visiting: 2pm - 8pm

Monday to Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10am - 8pm

Open visiting for immediate family only
However no visiting between 12pm - 2pm

Phone 0508 SEX HEALTH (0508 739 432), 188 Powderham Street New Plymouth
Monday: 6pm - 8pm
Tuesday & Friday: 9am - 12pm

5 David Street
Open visiting for families, general visiting 10am - 7pm daily

What is Taranaki DHB doing to manage COVID-19?

Useful links

For COVID-19 enquiries email

COVID-19 Healthline number

0800 358 5453