Appointments for special tests

Please refer to the list below for more information on locations where you can make appointments for special tests with Pathlab:   

Bone Marrow
  • BOP – Cameron Rd, via Tauranga hospital entrance - Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings 
  • Rotorua – Haupapa Street site only, Haematology Department, by appointment only
  • Waikato – N/A
  • Whakatane – Thursday mornings
Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Test 
  • BOP – Cameron Rd only, via Tauranga Hospital entrance - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday mornings
  • Waikato – 58 Tristram St, Hamilton, by appointment
  • Whakatane – hospital laborator,  Thursday mornings
Fine Needle Aspirate – FNA (Mammogram before FNA or 10 days post)
  • BOP – Cameron Rd only, via Tauranga hospital entrance, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings 
  • Rotorua – Lakeland Health site only, appointment made at Haupapa Street
  • Waikato – 58 Tristram St, Hamilton only, by appointment
  • Whakatane – Hospital laboratory only, Thursday mornings
Glucose Tolerance Test - GTT / PTT

You can have this test at any of our collection rooms. Click here for details of a room near you. Morning appointment required, patient must be fasting 8-12 hours, test takes 2 hours to complete and you must remain at the rooms for the duration

  • BOP – performed at all rooms, limit of 3 appointments on Saturday mornings 
  • Rotorua – Haupapa Street site only - NOT on Saturdays
  • Waikato – all surgeries – main lab only Saturday mornings 
  • Whakatane – every morning
NIPT (non invasive pre-natal test)

Currently performed only in Tauranga, Cameron Rd laboratory (via Tauranga hospital entrance)  on Monday or Tuesdays. An appointment is required with a referral by midwife, GP or Specialist.  Please note this is a non-funded test with a charge of $685 payable at the time of collection.

Synacthen - test for Addison’s disease

No cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, Dexamethasone, Betamethesone 8hrs prior to test. 8:50-8:55 am appointment time, the test takes approximately 1 hr 10 mins, patient must stay at the Lab for the duration.
  • BOP – Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance, it's important to ensure the Pathologist will be available.  The requestor must write a prescription for Synathen 0.25mg for the patient to collect from a pharmacy and bring with them to their appointment.
  • Rotorua – Lakeland Health site only - by request of specialist ONLY
  • Waikato – Main lab only 
  • Whakatane – hospital
Skin Allergy Testing

Allow 40 minutes for the test to be completed. It is important when you contact us for an appointment that you have a list of your medications to refer to. See the list of collection facilities below that perform this test and can give you detailed information on the testing process and requirements:

         • BOP- Cameron Road, entrance to Pathlab is via Tauranga Hospital entrance, Baymed
         • Waikato – Anglsea St Clinic, Thames and Matamata
         • Whakatane – Whakatane hospital site
         • Rotorua – Rotorua Hospital

Urine Drug Screens (pre-employment, visa applications, child custody etc)

No longer available.

DNA for paternity/maternity test

Cost for 3 people = $1,125.00.
Payment is required at time of testing (unless other arrangements made e.g. legal aid)
Recent passport style photograph required for all parties, plus passport or drivers license if available. Information of legal representation is required. 
Child under 16 years must NOT have sample collected without guardians consent (signed form DNA01c). 

  • BOP – Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance afternoon appointments, Monday-Thursday (Phoenix House appointments are available by arrangement)
  • Rotorua - Haupapa Street site only
  • Waikato – Main lab only in Hamilton and some out of town surgeries
  • Whakatane - Collection rooms only not hospital site 

Allergy testing

An appointment is required. Please contact a suitable collection facility below for more information on test requirements.

  • BOP - Cameron Rd, via Tauranga Hospital entrance, Baymed
  • Rotorua - Hospital site only (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 1pm - 3pm only)
  • Waikato - Main lab only in Hamilton, Raglan,Waihi,Thames,Matamata,Cambridge,Morrinsville
  • Whakatane - Whakatane Hospital, afternoon appointments only

Do I have to pay for my tests?

The District Health Boards (DHBs) provide funding for laboratory testing services and many services are free for eligible patients.

Your medical practitioner will let you know if your tests are funded by the DHBs. The table below sets out the rules for publicly funded tests. 


New Zealand citizens and residents New Zealand citizens (including those living in the Cook Island, Niue or Tokelau) and residents YES
Any person applying for immigration/emigration reasons Testing for immigration/emigration or visa purposes NO
Tests for screening purposes
Tests for a trial or study
Tests that are requested on a well person devoid of symptoms and with no identifying risk factors e.g. blood group, wellness testing 
Tests that are for, or part of a research project , a study or trial
Travellers Screening tests prior to travel -- e.g. Hepatitis immunity, rabies antibodies NO
Tests for employment,
pre-employment, education and work experience
Screening tests for education or work experience -- e.g. Nursing student medical 
Health and safety testing -- e.g. lead levels, drug testing
Self-referred or patients referred by other than NZ registered doctors Limited range of funded tests for midwives, smear taker, nurse practitioner NO
People obtaining a medical certificate, insurance or superannuation policy Where a certificate is required -- e.g. pilot or diver’s medical licence and insurance testing NO
Work permit holders Holds a current work permit, which together with the time the person has already been in NZ lawfully, allows for a continuous stay of at least two years
Foreign Language Teaching Assistants funded by Ministry of Education
Refugees and applicant refugees With proof of refugee/applicant status YES
Visitor permit holder Holds a visitor's permit
Refer to Ministry of Health eligibility conditions for child visitors under care of an eligible parent, or pregnant partner of an eligible person

Australian citizens As per New Zealand resident YES
United Kingdom citizens ordinarily resident in UK Testing required for medical conditions requiring prompt attention YES
Foreign Diplomats Other than Australia / UK diplomats and their family (including their children) NO
All persons receiving compulsory health services Compulsory treatment under TB Act 1948, Health Act 1956, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Act 1966, Mental Health Act 1992 
Prison inmates
Funded Students Funded by NZAID ODA and includes partners and children YES
Student permit holders Holds a current student permit (unless studying continuously since before 29 October 2003) NO

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