To make it as easy as possible for you to get to Palmerston North Hospital, we’ve put all your options in one place.
Car | Bus | Health Shuttles | Finding your way around the hospital | Taxi | Bike or walk | Once you're here
You’ll find the main hospital entrance at 50 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North (Gate 11), with other entrances on Heretaunga Street and Tremaine Avenue, each clearly marked with a Gate number.
We have over 650 car parks for the public, with 40 minutes free parking. After that fees apply based on the time used. There are concessions and exemptions available.
Please view our car parking page, with more information on parking, including maps, fees, mobility parks, and how to use our free car park shuttle.
There are a number of bus routes that stop right outside the hospital on Ruahine Street. The Cloverlea/Milson, Rhodes/Roslyn and Feilding to Palmerston North services all stop there. Other city bus services, including Ashhurst to Palmerston North, have free transfers that can be used to catch a hospital-bound bus.
These are always subject to change, so check out the Horizons Regional Council website for the most up-to-date timetables.
A wide variety of organisations run health shuttles to help people from rural areas reach the hospital for their appointments. These services are volunteer run, and can be subject to change, so make sure to ring and confirm your booking.
A list health shuttles coming to and from Palmerston North Hospital from locations around the MidCentral and Whanganui DHBs is available.
Finding your way around the hospital
If you’ve parked in our car parks and need a lift around the hospital campus, you can hail our free car park shuttle. This shuttle delivers patients/visitors to and from their cars and can be identified by its flashing roof-top orange light. The shuttle can be called from the pay machines by pressing the 'assistance' button. The shuttle operates from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
We also have a wide range of maps that can help you find where you’re going.
Palmerston North Taxis has installed ‘CabSpots’ around the hospital campus. These are numbered signs that you quote to the dispatcher, so the taxi knows exactly where you are – you can find them on this map.
You can call a taxi using the free taxi phone on the wall by the pharmacy in the main foyer. There are also taxi parks to your left when you walk out the hospital’s main entrance, and on Heretaunga Street (opposite the Hospital Dairy).
Bike or walk
Palmerston North has a good network of cycle lanes and footpaths that join up to Ruahine Street, making it easy to get here. Make sure to use traffic light crossings if you’re a pedestrian as the surrounding streets are busy.
Once you're here
If you don’t feel up to walking from the car park to the main building, press the ‘assistance’ button on a parking machine to call the handy car park shuttle. They are easily recognisable with their flashing orange light.