Coastguard New Zealand
Coastguard New Zealand is the charity saving lives at sea. Our volunteer rescue crews provide the primary maritime search and rescue service in New Zealand.
Our volunteer rescue crews provide the primary maritime search and rescue service in New Zealand.
Last year we brought over 6,700 people home safely after an emergency on the water.
We are able to do this by being organised, trained and equipped 24/7.
Volunteering for Coastguard: A way of life
Since the first Coastguard unit was formed in 1898, Coastguard has been run by volunteers, and that remains the case today. We are hugely proud of our volunteers – people from all communities and walks of life who dedicate a huge amount of their free time to keeping their fellow New Zealanders alive.
Coastguard volunteers spend many hundreds of thousands of hours on search and rescue missions, radio operations, training or maintenance work each year. They’re highly trained professional volunteers, so you can be safe in the knowledge that when you call Coastguard for help, you’ll be in expert hands.