Abortion services in the Lakes region

Te Aka Tauawhi Tangata – Women’s Clinic



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Physical location

Bridgman South Building, Rotorua Hospital, on the corner of Pukeroa Road and Arawa Street.

Access to the Women’s Clinic is restricted. Please use the intercom on the entrance door.

Opening hours

Monday/ Rāhina 8am to 4pm
Tuesday/ Rātū 8am to 4pm
Wednesday/ Rāapa 8am to 4:30pm
Thursday/ Rāpare 8am to 4:30pm
Friday/ Rāmere 8am to 4:30pm
Saturday/ Rāhoroi Closed
Sunday/ Rātapu Closed


Early Medical Abortion (EMA) Up to 9 weeks
Surgical Abortion Up to 14+2 weeks
Second Trimester Service For Lakes patients at the discretion of medical staff up to 18 weeks
Contraception IUCD, IUS, Implant insertion, COC, POP Depo Provera (Post Abortion)

Patient information / what to expect

The day of your appointment

Due to the nature of the clinic, Tauawhi is discreetly located. When we book your appointment, you will be given instructions about where to go.

Rotorua Hospital provides a free carpark within walking distance to Tauawhi.

Please feel free to give clinic staff a call at any time if you are lost and need direction. On arrival at the clinic, you will be directed to the patient waiting room where you will be greeted by the administrator and signed in.

Early Medical Abortion

An early medical abortion is a two-day process but you only need to attend the clinic on one day. You are welcome to have a support person with you.

When you come to your appointment you will see a nurse, be informed about the medical abortion process and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The nurse will take a brief medical history and take a blood test (BhCG). The nurse may also need to check your weight, pulse and blood pressure.

You will also have a consultation with the clinic doctor, who will prescribe your abortion medication. When you see the doctor you will be asked to sign a consent form before you are given any medication. You will usually then take your first medication (Mifepristone) and go home.

Because early medical abortion is a two-day process, you will be given a date and time to take the second type of medication at home (Misoprostol). The day two medication will cause you to expel/miscarry the pregnancy. This usually takes several hours and you will experience pain and bleeding. We recommended you have a support person with you at home. You will also be supported by a clinic nurse who will be in contact with you by phone during that second day.

One week later you will be sent a text reminder to complete a second blood test (BhCG) to make sure the abortion has been successful. You can arrange to have a test at the clinic or at your local Pathlab. You will be notified of the result by clinic staff a few days afterward.

Surgical Abortion

Due to the medication you will receive you will not be able to drive until the day after your procedure, so you will need someone to drive you home after the appointment. You are welcome to have your support person with you.

When you come to the clinic you will see a nurse who will tell you about the surgical abortion process and give you an opportunity to ask any questions. The nurse will take a brief medical history and check your weight, pulse and blood pressure.

You will also have a consultation with the clinic doctor. The doctor will prescribe your medication and answer any questions you may have. You will be asked to sign a consent form before you take any medication. You will be given some medication and then will go back into the waiting room until close to the time of your procedure. A nurse will insert an IV cannula in your arm. This will be used to administer medication later on.

Before your procedure you will be taken to the Recovery room on your own. A nurse will help you get ready and you can relax while you wait. A nurse will take you to the Procedure room, where you will be supported by two nurses and the doctor. You can have your support person with you during the procedure.

If you have chosen an IUD or IUS (Mirena) for contraception, this will be inserted at the end of the procedure. Other contraceptive options such as Depo Provera injection can be given, or a contraceptive implant (Jadelle) can be inserted, at some stage during your time in the clinic.

When the procedure is complete you will be taken back to the Recovery room just with the nurses. You'll be offered an iceblock or drink of water. It is common to feel uncomfortable with period pain type cramps for a while after the operation. The nurses will look after you and will talk to you about how to look after yourself when you get home. When you feel well enough you can get dressed and a nurse will remove the cannula from your arm so you can go home.


Tauawhi clinic provides free abortion services and related counselling services to any pregnant person who is eligible for publicly funded health care.

If you are a non-permanent New Zealand Resident you will need to provide proof of eligibility for publicly funded health care. Please bring your passport and a copy of your current visa. A minimum two-year work visa or resident's visa is required.

If you are not eligible for funded health care you can access these services from Pathlab Tests:

  • Group + Hold $20
  • 1st Antenatal $135
  • Beta hCG or hCG $15
  • (Medical Abortions require 2-3 BhCG tests)
  • STI NAAT Swab $55
  • High Vaginal Swab $25
  • Ultrasound Scan (may be required): Approximately $150-$271 depending on the ultrasound provider.

If you are not a New Zealand resident the services will cost (in NZD):

  • Surgical Abortion: $2,400
  • Medical Abortion: $2,020
  • Failed Medical requiring follow-up Surgical: $380
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