Photo taken by Andy Spain of Te Wao Nui Child Health Service building on Riddiford Street, Newtown

Photo credit: Andy Spain

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    Our services


    Haere mai ki Te Wao Nui, our new child health service for the Wellington region. Te Wao Nui can be found in the Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood Building, next to Wellington Regional Hospital.

    We’re excited that our new children’s hospital, Te Wao Nui, will begin welcoming patents from 17 October 2022. We’ll confirm the date for the opening events before then.  

    Our team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals care for tamariki / mokopuna (children) needing specialist medical and surgical care.

    For information about other regional child health services, please click here.

    Our services


    Level 2 look out for our kaitiaki Tiaki, who can help you find your way on this floor.


    Level 2 of Te Wao Nui contains the main entrance, reception and café.
    On this floor you’ll find the the Children’s Clinics, Child Development Service, Child and Family Safety Service, Child Health Community Nurses, and Allied/ORA.
    Level 3 look out for our kaitiaki Kōwhai, who can help you find your way on this floor.


    Children’s Day Stay
    This unit has 12 beds. We look after children who need tests, treatments and day stay operations. We are open from 7am Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

    04 385 5999 ext 5041




    Kōwhai Ward  (Surgical ward)
    We look after children who need surgery and surgical care. Kōwhai Ward has 17 beds for all surgical and surgical specialty patients up to the age of 16 who need to stay overnight or longer.

    04 385 5999 ext 5518




    Children’s Cancer Service
    A 3-bed day unit providing treatment and assessments for children undergoing cancer treatment.

    04 385 5999  ext 5604


    Level 4 look out for our kaitiaki Piko, who can help you find your way on this floor.


    Piko ward (Medical ward)


    The opening of  Piko ward on Level four is delayed due to some additional building works required. Planning has commenced for the move in 2023.

    We look after children with medical conditions who need specialist medical care. Piko ward has 23 beds for all medical and medical specialty patients up to the age of 16. 

    04 385 5999 ext 5519




    Short Stay Unit
    This unit has 9 beds for any child needing a short period of treatment or observation – up to 24 hours. This unit supports children who have been referred from our emergency department, and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
    Phone TBC


    How to find us

    Te Wao Nui is located in the Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood Building on Riddiford Street in Newtown, next to the main Wellington Regional Hospital building. Parking is available behind this building. Access to the parking is through the main entrance and the exit is via hospital road.


    Downloadable maps

    Coming soon


    Phone number

    General enquiries: 04 385 5999

    Patient enquiries: 04 385 5947 or 04 385 5949


    Physical address

    Te Wao Nui
    Riddiford Street
    Wellington 6021


    Opening hours

    Parents/ caregivers are welcome to visit at any time.

    Other whanau/visitors are welcome (with parent/caregiver approval) between hours of 8am-8pm.

    Children/young people under the age of 16 years of age must be supervised by an adult (over sixteen years of age) at all times.


    Finding your way around

    Te Wao Nui has three floors. Each floor has child-friendly way-finding signage, featuring our colourful kaitiaki whānau. There will also be maps available at reception.

    If you’re unsure where to go, please ask one of our volunteers at the desk in the main atrium or our friendly staff members. All staff wear identity cards and are happy to help you.



    More information


    Last updated 30 August 2022.