Canterbury Cancer Centre

New Christchurch Cancer Centre accommodation

A long-awaited “home away from home” for cancer patients needing to travel to Ōtautahi/Christchurch for treatment has opened.

The Cancer Society’s new building is a replacement for the original, which was destroyed 12 years ago in the Christchurch earthquake.

The facility offers free accommodation, as well as integrated services for those navigating their diagnosis.

The $22 million facility boasts 50 rooms for patients across the South Island needing treatment in the Garden City – and it’s all free of charge.

Two-bedroom units are also available to accommodate families.

The facility is also now home to several cancer charities too, serving as an integrated cancer support hub.

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The new Canterbury Cancer Centre is for people with cancer and their support person when they need to stay away from home to access cancer treatment.

About the facilities:

The Canterbury Cancer Centre, located at 74 Langdons Road, Christchurch offers:

  • 46 hotel-type rooms with ensuite bathrooms each containing a double bed or
    twin beds
  • Accessible rooms downstairs for those with mobility issues
  • 4 two-bedroom whānau apartments for families who need to stay together as a
  • Sheets and towels provided for your stay
  • 6 kitchens and dining rooms for guests to prepare meals in
  • BBQs available for use
  • 3 communal lounge rooms
  • A guest laundry
  • Off-street parking
  • Transport via shuttle service from the accommodation to Christchurch
    Hospital or St George’s Cancer Care Centre
  • Internet access
  • Walking distance to public transport, Northlands Malls, supermarkets, shops
    and cafes, cinemas, library and recreation centre
  • Support from Cancer Society staff

Who can stay in the accommodation?

Nelson/Tasman people who need to travel to Ōtautahu/Christchurch for a specialist’s appointment, biopsy, surgery, radiation treatment and/or chemotherapy, may be able to stay at the Canterbury Cancer Centre with their support person. (Note:  if you are an inpatient at Christchurch hospital the accommodation is not able to be accessed for your support person for that period).

Guests need to be capable of managing independently.

Is there a cost?

Patients are not charged for accommodation but, if eligible, we will make a claim on your behalf to the Ministry of Health for a government subsidy.

How do I organise accommodation?

If you are referred by Nelson Hospital for treatment in Christchurch, the Nelson Hospital Patient Travel office will then contact you and book the Canterbury Cancer Centre accommodation for you and your support person.  If you are having treatment at St Georges hospital privately then contact St Georges to arrange. For any enquiries about the process, feel welcome to contact our office or phone 03 539 1137.