New Zealand Land Search & Rescue

New Zealand Land Search & Rescue

New Zealand Land Search & Rescue (LandSAR) is the national volunteer organisation which provides free land search and rescue services.


To sum up the commitment that our volunteers gave to the lost, the missing and the injured through Search and Rescue and Civil Defence across New Zealand in the past year:

* There were a total of 291 Search and Rescue Operations across New Zealand

* 2,551 volunteers were involved in these operations, both at a Police led level and a Rescue Coordination Centre NZ led level

* Our volunteers gave up 20,632 hours of their time to the Operations alone, not including the LandSAR training they complete in their own time on top of their personal work and family life

*1,086 people were brought home to their loved ones safely

The impact of this number of lives being saved is huge. Countless families, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and friends have been spared the heartache and loss that they would have experienced if they had lost a loved one.

None of this would be possible without the goodwill and generosity we receive from the public. Your support helps us fund accredited training programmes, ongoing operational expenses and essential equipment purchases.

More about us

We provide expert Search and Rescue (SAR) services free of charge to members of the public, who are lost or missing in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas, shorelines, and caves throughout New Zealand.

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Latest donations

Guest Donor
Guest Donor 4 days ago
Keen mountain biker and occasional tramper. Really valuable service, hope my donation helps.
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 16 Sep 2021
Really appreciate what you do. Wish people wouldn't put others in danger going out in bad conditions but appreciate some are genuinely caught out.
Form Building & Developments Ltd
Form Building & Developments Ltd on 13 Sep 2021
Erin on 13 Sep 2021
Donated on behalf of my lovely friend Melanie who went up a mountain + got a civil union with Tommy, both lovers of the land, lots of love xxx
The Leemans
The Leemans on 27 Aug 2021

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