Where to go

Wairau Hospital

Wairau Hospital provides abortion services up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

If your pregnancy is further along than 13 weeks or there are significant medical or personal reasons you will be referred to Te Mahoe Unit in Wellington Hospital.

The First Step

To be referred, you can contact the referring doctor at Civic Family Health Care or see a GP or Family Planning doctor. They will book you into the clinic at Civic Family Health Care


Counselling is available at the Wairau Hospital, and is offered to every patient. This usually arranged by the referring doctor after the initial appointment.

Counselling is also available post-procedure.

Medical Termination

Medical termination is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy at Civic Family Health, Blenheim.

Surgical Termination at Wairau Hospital

The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under general anaesthetic (asleep) up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Surgical Termination after 13 weeks

Patients are referred to the Te Mahoe Unit at Wellington Hospital.

Patients travelling to Wellington are directed to WINZ if they are in financial difficulty and can claim under a Special Needs Grant for $300 for their travel expenses.

Follow up

Follow-up for surgical terminations is usually provided by the referring doctor.  Follow-up for medical terminations is provided by Civic Family Health Care until confirmation that the procedure has been successful.