About Us 2017-04-10T16:21:39+00:00


Central Pharmacy first opened by Bernard Reilly in 1972, next door to the former Central Clinic and was mostly serviced by their patients. A decade later, David Honore became a partner and the pharmacy soon grew out of its space and a move across the street to the corner of Haupapa and Amohia St was inevitable. Bernard retired in 2000.

Andy Drysdale joined David as the new partner in 2007. David and Andy felt the dispensary was too small, the number of staff and work was increasing and the stock inventory was huge. Once again this burgeoning business was growing out of its limited space and another re-location was again unavoidable. In October 2009, the Pharmacy shifted across the road into a building incorporating Central Health Medical and Mokoia X-Ray.


The current spacious, bright and modern shop, with sharper, smarter modern interior, great lighting, colours and layout with considerably more floor space, is as much for staff as it is for customers.

The photo shop runs using high quality Fuji machines, chemicals and paper. The photo shop has digital kiosks, a huge selection of cameras, albums, frames and photographic accessories. Other services offered in the photo lab include Poster and Canvas prints and passport photos.

Central Pharmacy has always been known for its unique, well priced gifts. This area has increased in size and now includes beautiful fashion accessories including, jewelry, handbags and even fashionable clothes at remarkably low prices.


Central Pharmacy’s motto is “First in value, First in service”. This underlying discipline has served as the constant guiding light for the business through all its expansions and today is delivered to each and every customer by our dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

We now offer the Living Rewards loyalty program which can be used across over 340 Unichem and Life Pharmacy shops across New Zealand.

Please call in and see us when in Rotoura, bring in your Living Rewards card or join up in store. Browse our new fantastic website and experience Central Pharmacy for yourself, as Rotorua residents have enjoyed for decades.