Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

Highly trained and experienced volunteer team members provide search and rescue services to members of the public in the Wanaka region


The Wanaka region is a playground for both New Zealand and international visitors. Throughout the year, thousands of people come to Wanaka to climb, tramp, kayak, go canyonning, mountain bike and fish. For most the experience is a memorable one. For a few, it is also memorable, but for the wrong reasons; these are the ones who encounter difficulties and require assistance. Operating in conjunction with the NZ police and the Rescue Coordination Centre, the unpaid volunteers of Wanaka LandSAR carry out between 35 and 50 operations a year, making Wanaka consistently one of the busiest SAR groups in the country.

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Wanaka Land Search & Rescue provides a search, rescue and recovery service to members of the public who encounter difficulty in the mountains, hills and rivers of the Wanaka region. We are a 100% volunteer organisation who carry out between 35 and 50 operations in an average year. Most of these have successful outcomes but on occasion we are tasked with recovering bodies and returning them to family members.

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the search for Stephanie  15 February 2020

Posted by: Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

Volunteers from the Wanaka SAR swift-water/canyon team search the area in which Stephanie was found.

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Sue on 11 Jul 2021
Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

Many thanks. We appreciate your support.

Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc
Richard on 06 Jul 2021
For Sally and her family. I know Stephanie lives on through you all.
Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

Your support is much appreciated. Wanaka SAR

Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc
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Guest Donor on 23 May 2021
So much gratitude for rescuing Kathryn Olsen and Clint from the back country on Tuesday 18 May 2021. You do an amazing job and we will be forever grateful.
Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

Many thanks. Recognition like this from the the people we are able to help, and their friends and families, is especially meaningful to our volunteer responders.

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Jacqueline on 13 Apr 2021
In memory of Stephanie Simpson. Thank you.
Rachel on 15 Feb 2021
In memory of Stephanie Simpson and to support the amazing work you do ❤️
Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

Thanks Rachel. Much appreciated.

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