Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

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

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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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  • Brian Cartmell

    Brian Cartmell 2 days ago



  • Jules and Fran

    Jules and Fran on 05 Mar 2020


    Keep up the good work looking after the community


  • Brian Cartmell

    Brian Cartmell on 28 Feb 2020



  • Toby

    Toby on 18 Feb 2020


    Thank you for all the good work you continue to do. You guys saved my life in 2013, and making an annual donation to Wanaka SAR is, for me, an obligation.


    • Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

      Many thanks Toby. Our recollection is that you were highly instrumental in saving your own life by doing all the right things! Many thanks for your support.

  • Jade

    Jade on 17 Feb 2020


    Thanks to the volunteers.


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