Lodge units - Tairawhiti DHB

The units at the Cancer Society's Lions Lodge provide accommodation for people from Tairawhiti District Health Board who are having treatment for cancer at the Waikato Regional Cancer Centre in Hamilton.

There are five motel style units available at the Lodge, seven days a week, with separate outdoor access. Each unit can sleep two people so you can have a support person on-site throughout your cancer treatment.


The units are fitted with small kitchens which include a jug, fridge, toaster, microwave, pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and utensils so that guests can self-cater.

An evening meal is provided for each guest and support person Monday to Thursday. 

We also provide access to a range of frozen meals at cost price.


Each of the units has access to television and WiFi.

Transport and parking

The Lodge provides a free shuttle to take guests to and from their treatment and appointments at the hospital. Alternatively, you are welcome to walk to treatment or take your own transport.

On-site parking is available for guests at the rear of the Lodge.

Prescription service

While you are responsible for managing your own medication, a daily prescription service is available so you can order new or repeat medication to be delivered directly to you at the Lodge.


Patients staying at the Lodge usually provide their own linen. However, to avoid excess baggage if you are travelling from Gisborne by air, you have the option of using linen provided by Tairawhiti District Health Board. Lodge staff will discuss this with you by phone prior to your travel.


Washing machines and dryers are available for guests staying in the units.  

Support and activities

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society can provide a range of free practical assistance and supportive care services during your stay, including:

Are the Lodge units right for you?

If the Lodge units sound right to you, please discuss this with your oncologist when your treatment is being planned. If you would like to bring a support person to stay with you during your treatment, please let the Lodge manager know.

For more information about staying at the Cancer Society's Lions Lodge's units contact us.