about us

Wakatipu Search and Rescue was established in the early 1980s.  Our objective is to provide search and rescue expertise to the communities the Wakatipu area and their visitors. We provide a professional, timely and competent capability to rescue, or retrieve the lost, injured, ill or missing and bring them home to their loved ones, and also offer our expertise to assist adjacent Land Search and Rescue teams.

Often the only insight into the world of Search and Rescue the general public ever see, is a brief glimpse on the news.

Unpaid volunteers offer their skills 24 hours a day, seven days a week, often in extreme weather and testing terrain at no cost to the community or the subject. This can sometimes involve days or weeks at a time.  On average Wakatipu Search and Rescue have 20 call outs a year.

Wakatipu Search and Rescue Group consists of:

Field Teams

  • Alpine Cliff Rescue team
  • Sub Alpine team
  • Search Dogs

Non-Field Teams

  • Admin Unit
  • Group Support Unit
  • Group Committee

Wakatipu Search and Rescue is a volunteer organisation and is dependent on donations and fundraising for its revenue and resources to support its incredible team of volunteers.

Land Search and Rescue

New Zealand Land Search and Rescue Inc. (LandSAR) is the national volunteer organisation within New Zealand providing land search and rescue services to the Police and public of New Zealand. Wakatipu Search and Rescue is a member of New Zealand Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR).

New Zealand Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) is a national volunteer organisation which provides land search and rescue services to lost, missing and injured all over New Zealand. Our volunteers operate in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas including regional and forest parks, shorelines and caves.

Our professional volunteers offer their specialist search and rescue skills free to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the New Zealand Police and the Rescue Coordination Centre

We have over 3,500 trained search and rescue volunteers who are members of 60 local groups covering the length and breadth of New Zealand. There are also 11 specialist teams such as LandSAR Search Dogs, Cave Rescue, Canyon Rescue, Alpine Cliff Rescue and Swift Water Rescue who operate on a local level where there is a requirement for these specialist skills.

Learn more about Land Search and Rescue.

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