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.
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 Stay04 385 5999 ext 5041
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).
Kōwhai Ward (Surgical ward)04 385 5999 ext 5518
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.
Children’s Cancer Service04 385 5999 ext 5604
A 3-bed day unit providing treatment and assessments for children undergoing cancer treatment.
|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 2023.04 385 5999 ext 5519
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.
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.
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.
General enquiries: 04 385 5999
Patient enquiries: 04 385 5947 or 04 385 5949
Te Wao Nui
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.
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.