Waikato Hospital as seen over lake Rotoroa

Getting Here:

Hamilton is in the central North Island, and is easily reached by car from anywhere in the North Island. It is about 2 hours’ drive south of Auckland. The bus station is in the city centre and is only about 10 minutes away from the hospital by car, though the hospital is well-served by local bus routes.

The hospital is about 20 minutes’ drive away from Hamilton Airport.

Getting Around:

The main teaching room will be on Level 4 of the Waiora Building. The nearest entrance to the building is the ED entrance on Pembroke St. Viva rooms are nearby. Next door is the Anaesthetic Department, where tea, coffee and meals will be served at break times.


student sleeping

Candidates should book and arrange their own accommodation before arriving for the course.

There are several motels within easy walking distance of the hospital campus. We recommend the Argent Motor Lodge in Lorne St, which backs onto the hospital campus (Square 22-N on the campus map). Not only is the Argent the closest accommodation, but they usually give us a block booking for the course. If you attempt to book online, their website will tell you they are full. Instead you should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating that you are coming to the course. We have always had good reports about the quality of accommodation and catering at the Argent.

Across the road is the Abbey Travel Lodge. Slightly further away (but still within convenient walking distance) are the Colonial City Motel, the Ventura Inn, the Aspen Manor Motel, Ashwood Manor, or the Tudor Motor Lodge.

Candidates from Australia, who are self-funded, may choose to rely on alternative types of accommodation. This year we had candidates who reported successful use of AirBnB.


Parking is available in two multi-storey carpark buildings on the hospital campus. However, it costs $7.50 per day. We recommend that, if possible, you park off-campus and walk here.


We will provide lunch each day, as well as tea, coffee and nibbles at tea-break time. If you have particular dietary requirements, please let us know.

Real Coffee:

The nearest real coffee shop is Momento in Pembroke Street, which is about 5 minutes’ walk away from the course venue (Square 14-D on the campus map). It opens at 7am each weekday morning. There are also a couple of coffee outlets within the main hospital building itself. The Anaesthetic Dept has a high-tech coffee machine which will be available to course attendees.

Wifi Connectivity:

Most areas of the hospital (including the Library and the Anaesthetic Department) are provided with free public Wifi, which may be used at any time throughout the course.

Course Dinner:

The Course Dinner will be held in Hamilton city centre in the evening of Tuesday of Week 2. The cost of the dinner is included in the course fee. Attendance is encouraged, but not compulsory. The course organisers will attend, together with many of the lecturers and examiners.