Waipuna Hospice has a short stay inpatient unit (IPU) located on the outskirts of Tauranga, overlooking the picturesque Wairoa River. 

Most people under the care of Waipuna Hospice will not require an inpatient hospice admission, but in some cases patients may be referred by their GP, specialist doctor or hospice nurse for a short stay for pain and complex symptoms control, rehabilitation, or respite care.
Our  team of nurses, doctors, social workers and family support will spend time identifying your specific needs, and will work closely with you, your family/whanau and your community care team, to ensure your treatment is specific to your needs.

In the Inpatient Unit you will have access to all of Waipuna Hospice’s support services such as counselling, massage therapy and chaplaincy.

Your length of stay in the IPU will be determined by your particular needs, but generally most stays are between seven and ten days.

For some patients it may be identified that a transition point between home and ongoing care in a private hospital is deemed as more beneficial than transferring back to the home from the Inpatient Unit.

What should you bring?

  • Your usual medication
  • Toiletries and continence products if you use them
  • Comfortable clothing, nightwear and a dressing gown
  • Photos and mementos
  • All linen is provided, but you are welcome to bring your favourite blanket, quilt or pillow
  • Mobile phone and laptop (free wifi is available)

Please leave valuable items at home.

Staying in our Inpatient Unit

Our rooms are spacious and private with an outdoor patio overlooking the countryside and gardens.

Each room has its own ensuite bathroom, Freeview television and radio. Rooms are fully air-conditioned and equipped with an electric bed with a pressure relieving mattress. A DVD player and free wifi is also available.

Your room is your own private and personal space while you are at the hospice, and we encourage you to personalise it with photographs and special mementos.

Bed linen is provided, but please bring a favourite blanket, quilt or pillow if it will make your stay more comfortable.

Family members, whanau, friends and carers are welcome to visit during your stay, and on occasion we may even be able to accommodate pets.

Meals are prepared for patients by our onsite cook, and can be tailored to your specific tastes and dietary requirements.

The hospice building and grounds are no smoking areas, this includes e-cigarettes. There are designated smoking areas for patients and visitors, please discuss the location of these with your nursing staff.

You may nominate a key support person to stay with you overnight. Please discuss with a hospice nurse in advance.

Visiting our Inpatient Unit  

Family, whanau and friends are welcome to visit loved ones during their stay in the inpatient unit (IPU), subject to the patient’s wishes.

Waipuna Hospice has two family lounges which are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, and are available for small family gatherings. There is also a BBQ and family kitchen where hot food can be prepared.

We ask visitors to consider all patients and visitors to Waipuna Hospice.

Visiting hours are between 10am and 8pm, but can be extended if consideration is taken for other patients at night. Visitors are asked to sign in and out at reception and for safety reasons the main gates into the property are locked between 7pm and 6am. These are controlled by staff via a call system.

All hospice buildings and most of the grounds are no smoking areas. Visitors who smoke are requested to use the designated areas.

Our hospice is located at 43 Te Puna Station Road, RD6, Tauranga 3176.