Waikato Clinical Campus

Student's guide to Hamilton

Welcome to the Waikato Clinical Campus (WCC), an established division of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland. The WCC is based on both the Waikato Hospital and Rotorua Hospital Campuses.

Waikato Hospital is a tertiary, teaching hospital that provides all hospital services (with the exception of organ transplants), plus clinical diagnostic and support services including radiology, laboratory and pharmacy. It provides tertiary services for the Midland region comprising district health boards of Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairawhiti and Taranaki.


  • The hospital has 600 inpatient beds, 22 operating theatres and a dedicated outpatient clinic and procedure centre.
  • All diagnostic and treatment facilities are on one large campus called Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus in Hamilton which is central location within the tertiary region, with road and air ambulance support.
  • It is a teaching hospital with links to Auckland University. The campus includes an education centre with excellent library, and a clinical skills centre with a clinical simulation suite
  • It offers research opportunities and many specialties have their own research unit.
  • Since 2005 an extensive redevelopment programme has resulted in a number of new clinical buildings including an emergency and acute medical block, a large clinical centre, and an older persons and rehabilitation facility - as well as refurbished laboratory, wards, delivery suite and extended newborn intensive care facility.
  • There are two parking buildings that service the hospital and wider campus.

Waikato DHB serves a population of 391,770 and covers 21,220 square kilometres. It stretches from northern Coromandel to close to Mt Ruapehu in the south, and from Raglan on the west coast to Waihi on the east. It takes in the city of Hamilton and towns such as Thames, Huntly, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Matamata, Morrinsville, Ngaruawahia, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa and Taumarunui., Through Waikato Hospital, specialist diagnostic treatment services are offered to the whole of the Midland region - a population of 700,000 - and beyond. A regional trauma service is provided with a dedicated helicopter service based on campus.

For most of the academic year, there just under 120 undergraduate medical students on campus, nurses involved in postgraduate nursing programmes and an increasing number of undergraduate pharmacy students.

The campus administration is located in the Peter Rothwell Academic Centre. Within the campus is the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. The campus also has two dedicated seminar rooms, a common room equipped with both University of Auckland and Waikato DHB computers, and an after hours computer/study room. The adjacent Bryant Education Centre provides an excellent venue for undergraduate and postgraduate education including a 200-seat auditorium and related seminar rooms. While at Waikato Hospital you will have a chance to experience the warm and sociable atmosphere provided by a dedicated team of health professionals and administrators. You will be welcomed as part of this team.


A-Z guide of useful information

Academic advice

For academic inquiries please contact Raewyn Wooderson, the Student Manager, at the Waikato Clinical Campus (WCC), phone +64 7 839 8750.

All assignments should be handed to the Manager of the Clinical Campus for forwarding to the School of Medicine, Auckland. Please refer to your run information booklet for exact details.

Should it be necessary or unavoidable for you to miss assessments or time in the hospital please make sure your run supervisor and the School Manager are made aware of the situation. You may be required to provide a Medical Certificate.



Students cohorted to the Waikato Clinical Campus do not have accommodation provided for them. There is a wide range of private accommodation available within easy walking distance to Waikato Hospital. Suburbs closest to the hospital include: Melville, Hamilton East, Hamilton West, Glenview, Deanwell and Fitzroy.

Students carrying out selective and elective attachments are responsible for their own accommodation costs.



There are numerous bank branches throughout Hamilton. Those located in Hamilton East and in the main city centre are closest to Waikato Hospital. There are 2 ATM machines on Waikato Hospital Campus located on Level 01, Menzies Building and on Level 1, Hague Road Car park building, opposite the lifts.



Hamilton City, Victoria and Hood Streets come alive every night with many bars to choose from. Ask around the hospital for the current “hot spots”.



Bennett’s Campus Bookshop

  • Located on the University of Waikato Campus, phone +64 7 856 6813 Student discounts available on texts and stationery. Email: wku@bennetts.co.nz



  • Centre Place, Victoria St, phone +64 7 959 7000
  • Chartwell Square, Hukanui Road, phone +64 7 959 7002
  • The Base Maahanga Dve Te Rapa, phone +64 7 959 7008


Warehouse Stationery

  • 15 Ulster St, Hamilton North phone +64 7 838 1814
  • Lynden Court, Chartwell phone +64 7 853 8320

Bryant Education Centre

The Bryant Education Centre situated on the Waikato Hospital Campus provides an excellent venue for undergraduate and postgraduate education including a 200-seat auditorium and related seminar rooms.


Bus it - Hamilton routes

See on line for all details. http://www.busit.co.nz/Hamilton-routes/


Careers and employment at Waikato Hospital

Please contact the RMO coordinator, located in the Campbell Johnstone Building, Level 1.



Chapel and chaplaincy

Hospital Chaplains

Chaplains are available at Waikato Hospital for spiritual and emotional support for patients, family and staff of all faiths or none.

Quiet room

The quiet Room is available for prayer and reflection. The Quiet Room is on B1 (street level) Menzies Building.


Services of Worship are held in the chapel on Level 1, Menzies Building every Sunday at 10am.

See more at: http://www.waikatodhb.govt.nz/page/pageid/2145878807/Support#chaplains



Lollipops Educare: 230 Pembroke Street (across from Waikato Hospital). Phone +64 7 838 0034 or visitwww.lollipopseducare.co.nz



Contact the Citizens Advice Bureau (see Citizens Advice Bureau) or the University of Waikato Student Union (07-856-9139).


Citizen Advice Bureau

Hamilton (city) – 55 Victoria Street (+ 64 7 839 0395)

Call free 0800 FOR CAB (0800 367 222) www.cab.org.nz


Computer access

There are numerous computers available for student use at the Waikato Clinical Campus and at the Waikato Hospital library. These are available during opening hours and offer free internet and wifi use (to be used responsibly). A limited number of after hours computers linked directly to The University of Auckland and WDHB network are available from 4.30pm, Waiora Waikato Building, Level 4 (access from north end of the building, via llifts on main corridor).


Counselling services


Eating places

See for amenities, shops, cafeterias etc

  • Waikato Hospital Campus, Upper Deck Café - Waiora Waikato Centre Level 2 (open 7.30am - 8pm Monday – Friday or 9am - 8pm Weekends and public holidays)
  • Hockin Café – Ground Floor, Hockin Building (beside the Breast Care Centre)
  • Momento – 224 Pembroke St, Hamilton (opposite ED, Waikato Hospital) 
    Tea and coffee are provided free with hospital ID. 
  • Bryant Education Centre, free tea and coffee is available between 8am-4.30pm


Hamilton offers a good range of entertainment options with a number of cinemas.

There are many restaurants spanning a full ethnic range.

The Hamilton Zoo (housing one of the largest bird aviaries in the South Pacific), Hamilton City Gardens and Waikato Museum of Art and History, Artspost are all worth a visit. For the less intrepid Waterworld offers a few fun hours. Don’t forget to support the Waikato Chiefs.

For up-to-date events information visit the Hamilton City Council’s events page.



Exam timetables are put on the web and your personal timetable will be posted to you. If you have a timetable clash or a special need (such as a disability), fall ill or your performance may be affected in some way, contact the WCS reception.

City Campus (Auckland): Room 134, The ClockTower, 22 Princes St, Auckland

Tamaki Campus: Seminar Room 231, Entrance Level 2, Building 721, 261 Morrin Road, Glen Innes

*Timetables for individual run assessments to be held at Waikato/Auckland/Rotorua will be available from the Waikato Clinical School during your run.


Financial advice

Financial advice is not directly available while at Waikato Hospital. Please utilise the services provided at the City Campus (Auckland). Student Finance Advisers counsel students on major sources of funding available to them, and on budgeting and financial planning. They administer the Student Emergency Fund, the Access Awards, and the Final Year Undergraduate grants.

Phone +64 9 373 7599 ext 87494 for an appointment or email financialsupport@auckland.ac.nz

  • City Campus (Auckland): Room 123, Level 1, The ClockTower Building, 22 Princes St, Auckland
  • Tamaki Campus: Room 109 261, Student Resource Centre, Morrin Road
  • Grafton Campus: Ground Floor, Building 501, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, 85 Park Road, Grafton


Should you encounter problems with the behaviour of staff or fellow students that is unwanted, unacceptable or offensive it may be harassment. University policy is that harassment and discrimination on any grounds are totally unacceptable.

Waikato Hospital has a zero tolerance policy towards harassment. For assistance please follow the Waikato DHB policy, located on each hospital ward or via the Waikato Hospital intranet.



Health service

Medical students based at Waikato Hospital are welcome to use the health services offered by the University of Waikato. This includes access to a general practitioner and counselling services. The University of Waikato Medical Centre is located at the University of Waikato.

Medical Centre – phone +64 7 838 4037, then 3 for an appointment

Counselling services – phone +64 7 838 4201



If you require any further information regarding Waikato Hospital or any general enquiries please contact the Student Manager phone +64 7 839 8750 or fax +64 7 839 8712. For information regarding the Waikato Region and Hamilton City please contact the Citizen Advice Bureau or visit www.hamilton.co.nz


Justice of the Peace

A comprehensive list is available with the Duty Manager of Waikato Hospital. Contact via the main hospital switchboard (0 from within the hospital or +64 7 839 8899 from outside).



The Waikato District Health Board Library has a core collection of books and journal titles, focusing on resources across all hospital specialities, as well as developing areas such as physiotherapy, rehabilitation, health statistics, general practice and management. It also has a valuable historical book collection. When you arrive at Waikato Hospital please register with the library for borrowing access.

See for further information.

Location: The library is located on the ground floor of the Bryant Education Centre, Waikato Hospital.

Contact details: Phone: +64 7 839 8880, Fax: +64 7 839 8897

Email: library@waikatodhb.govt.nz

Photocopying is available (0.10 per page B&W) 

* Don’t forget to use the University of Auckland library website for online access to many journals. 


Lost property

Check also with the School Manager, Waikato Clinical School, as often lost property belonging to students is returned directly to the Clinical School or with the Enquires Desk, Waikato Hospital.


Māori students - update

Te Puna Oranga (Māori Health Service) is located on Level 1 of the Hockin Building at Waikato Hospital. Contact details: Phone +64 7 839 8899.

See for further information.

The Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS) at The University of Auckland seeks to provide a supportive environment where students, their whānau and staff accept a commitment to academic achievement within a Māori/Pacific context. MAPAS is coordinated by Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (Department of Māori Health), and is an integral part of Vision 20:20 - a Faculty of Medical and Health Science initiative that aims to increase the number of Māori and Pacific graduates.

For more information visit MAPAS website.

Phone: 0800 20 20 99 or +64 9 373 7599 ext 84912 or 84488


Money machines

There are two ATM machines on Waikato Hospital Campus located on Level 1, Menzies Building and on Level 1, Hague Road Car park building, opposite the lifts.


Pacific students

The Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS) at The University of Auckland seeks to provide a supportive environment where students, their whānau and staff accept a commitment to academic achievement within a Māori/Pacific context. MAPAS is co-ordinated by Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (Department of Māori Health), and is an integral part of Vision 20:20 - a Faculty of Medical and Health Science initiative that aims to increase the number of Māori and Pacific graduates.

Email: mapas@auckland.ac.nz or fmhs@auckland.ac.nz

Phone: 0800 20 20 99 or +64 9 373 7599 ext 84912 or 84488



All medical students are issued a locater while at Waikato Hospital.

To answer a call, enter the 5-digit extension number that is showing on your pager.

To send a call use the following sequence:

Dial 932, the locater number you require, 1, the extension you are dialling from, adding the hash key.

Or see instructions
(27.1 kB, MSWORD)

Replacement batteries are issued at the Waikato Clinical School reception desk.



Parking is available on Waikato Hospital Campus site at a reduced cost to students of $7/week for unlimited entry and exit (see the Parking Office, Waikato Hospital – you must show your Student ID) – maximum of 2 weeks at a time.

Bike lock up is available in secure cages – FREE key available from the Parking Office (you must show your Staff ID).

There are 3 bike cages – Parking Office (also toilets and showers located here), Hague Road Carpark Building and the Pembroke Street Carpark Building.

For further information on parking or bike lockup contact the Parking Office on phone +64 7 839 8901. The office is sited in front of Hockin Building.


Public transport

Information regarding the Hamilton City bus service can be found online at http://www.busit.co.nz/Hamilton-routes/



  • Campus Pharmacy, Student Union Building, University of Waikato, Knighton Road, phone +64 7 838 4740
  • Glenview Unichem Pharmacy, Urlich Shopping Centre, 143 Ohaupo Road (1km from Waikato Hospital), phone +64 7 843 6097
  • Anglesea Clinic Pharmacy, Gate 2, Angelsea Clinic, 7-9 Thackeray Street, phone +64 7 839 3999
  • South City Health Pharmacy, 91 Kahikatea Drive, Hamilton, phone +64 7 834 4266


Self-service card-operated photocopiers are available at the Waikato DHB Library ($10 and $5 amounts) or one photocopier is coin-operated. Please enquire at the library regarding the purchase of a card or change. For academic needs the receptionist at the Waikato Clinical School will provide photocopy services.



The Waikato region offers a diverse range of activities such as tramping, mountain biking (Rotorua and Te Aroha), hot pools (Rotorua and Te Aroha) and much more. It also offers easy access to the lower Central North Island (Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Waitomo) and a whole range of activities. A trip to Raglan (30 minutes from Hamilton) is a must while in the Waikato for its beautiful beach at Whale Bay, great range of restaurants, art galleries and clothing.

Keeping fit and healthy while in the Waikato is easy due to the wide variety of recreational activities at the Rec Centre, University of Waikato. They are located at Gate 1, Knighton Road, phone +64 7 838 4177, visit www.unirec.co.nzirec.co.nz or email unirec@waikato.ac.nz

Waikato Hospital Squash and Tennis Club, contact the Student Manager for student rates and information for student rates and information.

Swimming/Aqua Sports – Gallagher Aquatic Centre, located 1km from the Hospital, Collins Road, phone 07 958 5890

Lake Rotoroa, a 3.8km walk/run located minutes from the hospital. The Lake is full of bird and aquatic life and supports a lakeside café. It is also surrounded by sports fields and hosts many events. Pick up a “Lake Rotoroa Esplanade Walkway” leaflet – located outside the Waikato Hospital cafeteria.

Walking/Running – all over the Waikato area. Visit www.sportwaikato.org.nz

Mountain Biking – both Te Aroha and Rotorua offer great mountain biking tracks.

Tramping – the Waikato Region contains some of the most varied scenery in New Zealand and caters to all level of trampers.



Located at the entrance to the Accident & Emergency Department. Dial 99777 or contact via the hospital switchboard (0). Available 24 hours a day. Security Officers will escort you to your car during dark hours/late at night.



Many shopping areas in Hamilton - Central city, the Centre Place Mall, Te Awa, The Base Te Rapa, and Westfield Mall, Chartwell.  

On weekends markets can be found in any number of places including:

  • The Frankton markets on Saturdays - Commerce Street 8am to 1pm,  Hamilton Night Market on Saturday from 5pm to 11pm - K Mart, 25 Bryce Street
  • Farmers Market (River Road carpark, 204 River Road,) every Sunday 8am to noon, Cambridge Farmers market every Saturday 8am to noon
  • Cambridge Trash n Treasure market every second Sunday 8.30 to 1.30pm
  • The Tamahere Country Market is held at the St Stephen’s Church grounds, corner of Airport Rd and Tamahere Drive, (just off State Highway 1) on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 1pm.
  • The Gordonton Market is held 2nd Saturday of every month from 8.30am-1pm on the Hukanui Park Grounds, next to the Gordonton Hall on Gordonton Road. (About 8 minutes north of Rototuna)



Student Job Search

Located at the University of Waikato phone 0800 757 562 or www.sjs.co.nz.



Summer studentships/prizes

A number of summer studentships and prizes are awarded and administered by the Waikato Clinical School. Please visit or the Student Manager at Waikato Clinical School of the University of Auckland summer studentship website for more information.



Telephones are located throughout the hospital and can be used for local calls or answering a page. Direct dial the extension you require or dial 1 for an outside line.



There are toilets throughout the hospital and Bryant Education Centre - staff toilets are available on wards and you will need to ask the receptionist for the code.



Power companies

Telephone connection – a variety of telephone companies

Mobile phone companies


Visitor Centre

Hamilton i-SITE Visitor Centre 
Corner of Caro & Alexandra Street, Garden Place, Hamilton 
Phone: +64 7 958 5960 
Freephone: 0800 242645 
Fax: +64 7 839 3127 
Postal: Private Bag 3010, Hamilton 
Email: info@visithamilton.co.nz 
Website: www.visithamilton.co.nz