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 to 1181 Amohai St into a building incorporating Central Health Medical and Mokoia X-Ray. 

Central Pharmacy’s motto is "First in value, First in service" and its intention to make this a unique pharmacy and retailing business to share with the people of Rotorua has never changed or waivered. This motto and underlying discipline has served as the constant guiding light for the business through all its expansions and relocations and today is executed and delivered each day to each and every customer by our dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

The current spacious, bright and modern shop, with sharper, smarter modern interior, great lighting, colours and layout and with considerably more floor space, is as much for staff as it is for customers and makes our staff proud enjoying coming to work every day. Central Pharmacy’s dispensary now covers a considerably larger area than before and is capable of having more pharmacists, in addition providing training for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on the job. There is a state-of-the-art “Robotic Dispensing Unit” which dispenses medication packs for the elderly as well as those who need extra care when taking their medications.

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. Through the web site you can now send your digital images and have them printed and posted to you or call and collect and discuss your photographic needs with the very knowledgeable staff in the lab. 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.

Through our new website, www.centralpharmacy.co.nz,  we intend to carry on this fantastic service, pricing and selection of stock to bring you the best Pharmacy experience possible from the comfort your home or workplace. Please call in and see us when in Rotoura, join up to our Loyalty club or browse our new fantastic website and experience Central Pharmacy First for yourself as Rotorua residents have enjoyed for decades.