Testing for Covid-19

Getting assessed for Covid-19


If you have flu-like symptoms, a cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing or loss of sense of smell, you should be tested for Covid-19.


For COVID-19 health advice call 0800 358 5453 anytime.


For COVID-19 vaccination advice call 0800 28 29 26 (8am - 8pm 7 days a week).

You can also find information at www.covid19.govt.nz


For all Whanganui district/rohe vaccination and testing clinic sites and open hours, please go to www.wdhb.org.nz



Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT)

Whanganui Racecourse

19 Purnell Street – use the Purnell Street entrance
RAT pick up is available
RAT supervised testing available
This is a drive through clinic
Monday to Sunday, 8.30am to 3pm

Te Rito

133 Wicksteed Street
RAT pick up only – available from porta cabin outside main doors
Vaccination – inside

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

Saturday 9am to 4pm

Sunday 10am to 3pm


Outside these times, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or go to Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM), 8am to 9pm.


This is a drive-in/walk-in service. There is no charge and no need for an appointment.


For after hours service, call Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) on 06 348 1300. WAM is open 8am to 9pm.


Getting tested at your GP


If you are visiting your general practice and it’s more convenient to be assessed there, this is also an option. Please make contact with them ahead of your visit. 


General practices (GPs) in Raetihi, Taihape, Bulls and Marton can assess their rural communities – please ring first.


Note: If you have the above symptoms and are at a higher risk because of recent contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19; recent overseas travel; direct contact with overseas travellers (e.g. staff working at the borders and in managed isolation facilities); worked on an aircraft or vessel on international routes; or cleaned at an international airport or port in areas visited by people arriving from abroad, you MUST self-isolate while awaiting your COVID-19 test results.  


If you need medication, the person prescribing it will send your prescription electronically to your pharmacy and can arrange a delivery. You can also phone your pharmacy from home to discuss how you will arrange to get your medication.


How do I get my results if I have been tested for Covid-19?   


If your result comes back positive, you will be contacted by the Whanganui Public Health Unit directly. If your test is negative (clear of having COVID-19), you will be contacted by your general practice.


Further information is available by calling Healthline on 0800 3585453.