Lakes District Health Board serves a population of just over 100,000 and covers 9,570 square kilometres. It stretches from Mourea in the north to Mangakino in the west down to Turangi in the south and across to Kaingaroa village in the east. The major centres of population are Rotorua and Taupo and the main smaller communities are Mangakino and Turangi. The DHB’ boundaries take in the two main iwi groups of Te Arawa and Ngati Tuwharetoa.
Lakes DHB is responsible for the provision (or funding the provision) of the majority of health services in the Lakes district.