On 7 March 2022 Canterbury DHB temporarily closed Darfield, Ellesmere and Waikari Rural Community Hospitals (RHCs) due to widespread and elevated COVID-19 infection rates among our staff and community. Residents were relocated to other facilities that could provide safe and appropriate care.
Until we have sufficient staff to ensure the safe and appropriate care of their residents, the reopening of Waikari, Darfield and Ellesmere must unfortunately be further delayed. Residents, their whānau, friends of the hospitals and other local stakeholders are being kept informed but we have no reopening date for the three hospitals at this time.
Waikari Hospital is located in Waikari village, approximately one hour's drive north of Christchurch on State Highway 1 and inland from Waipara.
The hospital is set in beautiful grounds overlooking the Alps. Waikari Hospital meets the needs of the local community as well as covering a large rural district including continuing care of the elderly, general medical, surgical rehabilitation, carer support, respite care and palliative care. Note: Maternity services are not available at Waikari Hospital.
16 Littles Drive
This hospital does not provide emergency medical services. In a medical emergency, call 111 and ask for an ‘ambulance’.
We welcome your feedback about our services and your experiences at Waikari Hospital.
Note: We cannot give medical advice by email. Please contact your doctor or the person in charge of your medical care.
Disability car parking
Meals on wheels
Visitor and disabled toilets
WiFi (Free to use)
Page last updated: 16 June 2022
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