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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Rob K (MA-USA)
Rob K (MA-USA) 5 days ago
In gratitude for Yoga Services provided by your neighbor, Amanda Richards.
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Westpac NZ on 04 Jun 2020
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The family of Allison Willen
The family of Allison Willen on 28 May 2020
It's been just over 5 years now and we continue to have the deepest gratitude for Sergeant Aaron Nicholson and the entire Wanaka LandSAR team for their efforts in the search and recovery of Allison Willen. (5/27/94 - 4/24/2015) Todd, Michelle, Brad and Magita Willen.
Olivia on 05 May 2020
Bella on 28 Apr 2020

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