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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Toby 2 days ago
Keep up the good work
Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc

Many thanks Toby. Hope everything is well with you.

Wanaka Search & Rescue Inc
Jayni on 21 Dec 2020
Its the 4 year anniversary since your group saved our son's life on Mount Aspiring. We thank you yet again for all you do. Jayni Caldwell
Natalie on 14 Dec 2020
Instead of Xmas cards this year I thought we’d donate to say a thank you once again for the amazing efforts put in by the team to bring Stephanie home to us. We miss her more than ever. Natalie & Sam.
Simpson Family
Simpson Family on 29 Sep 2020
Thank you Wanaka SAR for your amazing efforts in the search for Stephanie Simpson. This donation is being made on behalf of her family.
Rob K (MA-USA)
Rob K (MA-USA) on 14 Sep 2020
In gratitude for Yoga Services provided by your neighbor, Amanda Richards.

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