Accommodation at Margaret Stewart House

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We have health and safety processes across our centres, including Margaret Stewart House (MSH). This ensures the wellbeing of our community, especially those with compromised immune systems. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the supervisors on 04 380 0300.

For more information on COVID-19 for people affected by cancer, visit our COVID-19 Updates page

House Supervisor, Margaret Stewart House
16 Hospital Road, Wellington
P: (04) 380 0300
F: (04) 380 0389

Staying at Margaret Stewart House

Margaret Stewart House (MSH) provides you with a place to stay if you’re from out-of-town and having cancer treatment at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre.

The house is located in the grounds of Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown, Wellington.

Our atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and you are free to come and go as you please.

Please note that currently there is construction on the Wellington Children's Hospital which is located behind Margaret Stewart House. This may cause noise disturbances from time to time until the building is complete. 

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You need a referral letter to stay at Margaret Stewart House

You’ll need to ask for an accommodation referral letter (a letter saying you’re able to use this service) from your local hospital or the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre (04 385 5999 ext. 5303).

Please ask for a referral letter from your local hospital’s travel assistance clerk before booking a stay with us.


The cost of staying at Margaret Stewart House

Ministry of Health funding will, usually, pay for your accommodation.

To have your stay paid for by the Ministry of Health, you will need to register with Healthpac (Ministry of Health).

Please talk to the travel and accommodation officer at your local hospital about whether you qualify for Healthpac (a fund that pays for accommodation while people have treatment).


National Travel Assistance from the Ministry of Health is available if you live outside the 100km area from Wellington Regional Hospital.

You’ll need a note from your cancer doctor if you live in the 100km area and want to stay at Margaret Stewart House.

If you don’t qualify for Ministry of Health funding while staying at Margaret Stewart House, there will be a charge. Please ask to see our room rates.

Cancer Society accommodation is available through our cancer centres around New Zealand. Call 0800 CANCER (226 237) or for more information 


Having a support person with you at Margaret Stewart House

You are welcome to have one support person/caregiver stay with you, providing they can share a room.

Children under 18 years of age cannot stay with patients or supporters/caregivers, but they are welcome to visit.

All patients staying at Margaret Stewart House need to be able to look after themselves or with the help of a supporter/caregiver.


How your booking is confirmed

The hospital or the Blood and Cancer Centre will send your referral letter to the Cancer Society.

When we get their letter, we’ll send you a letter letting you know about your booking at Margaret Stewart House. 


Checking into Margaret Stewart House

Our Office hours for check-in are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4 pm. If you need to check-in at another time of day, please phone Margaret Stewart House to arrange it.


What Margaret Stewart House can offer

  • units with twin or double beds, en-suite bathroom, television, telephone, and facilities for tea and coffee
  • Self-contained units
  • Shared kitchens, dining and living areas
  • A comfortable lounge for indoor-outdoor
  • A quiet room
  • Guest laundry with full facilities
  • Limited off-street parking.

We are an easy walking distance to the treatment centre and within walking distance of Newtown shops.

Please note that there is very limited parking at Margaret Stewart House and we cannot guarantee parking for our guests and visitors. 

Margaret Stewart House – Our Support

Margaret Stewart House guests are welcome to use the services at our local Society offices (just opposite the hospital) during their stay.

Margaret Stewart House and its grounds are Smokefree.

We have two part-time House Supervisors. We also rely on many wonderful volunteers to make your stay comfortable. 


Some of our MSH volunteers

Power up the Margaret Stewart House

Thanks to a fantastic fundraiser initiated by the Cancer Society NZ - Wellington Division, we had solar panels installed ALL OVER OUR ROOF! This will save money and free up funds so that they can be used to provide care and services to cancer patients and families. The solar panels will save over $300,000 over the next 25 years warranty period of the panels. Thanks to everyone who contributed.