Transport and travel

Please make sure you have organised transport home from Whanganui Hospital, regardless of how you arrived. 

If you have had an anaesthetic you must not drive for 24 hours.

Getting a taxi

There is a pay phone located by the main ward reception. Please ask to be collected from the main hospital entrance.

Catching a bus

A bus service comes directly to Whanganui Hospital. Timetables are available on Horizons Regional Council website or at the reception desk at the main entrance.


You may have been brought to the hospital by ambulance and if you belong to St John’s there is no charge for your arrival. However, there is a cost to return home by ambulance and the minimum charge is $144, depending on where you live. Please ensure you have appropriate transport arrangements organised for your discharge.

St John Wanganui Health Shuttle Information

St John Wanganui runs a shuttle service on weekdays for patients attending appointments at Palmerston North Hospital.

What area does it cover? Whanganui city to Palmerston North city

When does it run? Weekdays as required

How can I book? As soon as you know your appointment time call Citizens Advice Bureau on 06 345 0844 to make your booking between 9.30am and 2.30pm, at least 24 hours before your appointment.

Is there any cost? Donations are welcome.

Ministry of Health – National Travel Assistance Scheme

If you are required to travel outside your community, you may be eligible for assistance under the Ministry of Health National Travel Assistance Scheme.

Check your eligibility on the Ministry of Health website

For more information about travel assistance, please contact Te Whatu Ora Whanganui's Transport Coordinator on 06 348 1245 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.