Author Archives: SWDminda

New SAR base is completed

  A far cry from operating out of the Wanaka Police Station’s meeting room.  Grants and donations have enabled our volunteers to construct a SAR base building permanently set up with communications, specialist equipment, and state of the art Incident Management … Continued

LandSAR NZ Supreme Award

The LandSAR New Zealand national office has a series of annual awards honoring individual contributions. At the top of the tree is the “Supreme Award”. This is not necessarily presented annually, and requires extraordinary skills, commitment and circumstances.  Wanaka Search … Continued

Cascade Saddle: 2009

Auckland woman Irena Yun set out in January 2009 to tramp the tough 8-10 hour Cascade Saddle route from Aspiring Hut in the West Matukituki to the Dart Hut on the upper Dart River. Travelling alone, she rejected warnings that … Continued

High Country Rescue Documentary

The documentary “High Country Rescue was filmed on location over 3 years with the Wanaka LandSAR. This is a fantastic series and can be purchased from TVNZ Follow the New Zealand Police, and Search and Rescue volunteers as they brave the … Continued

Mountain Rescue – book by Phil Melchior

Mountain Rescue is written by Phil Melchior, a member of the Wanaka Search and Rescue team and can be purchased online. Thrilling tales of search and rescue in high-country New Zealand. Ill-equipped, underprepared, suffering from summit fever or just plain … Continued

Management & Police

The Police and Maritime New Zealand’s Rescue Coordination Centre (for beacon activations) are the two statutory authorities for search and rescue in New Zealand. Our Incident Management Team works with them to coordinate, direct and manage search operations.  

Alpine Cliff Rescue

Our Alpine Cliff Rescue experts operate in the alpine and in steep inaccessible terrain using advanced rope techniques.  All ACR volunteers are experienced mountaineers or professional guides. Below is a video showing a training session for cliff rescue with the … Continued

Bush/Sub-alpine Rescue Team

The sub-alpine team are a group of experienced trampers and hunters who generally search for the lost, missing and injured below the permanent snowline. Their skills are honed from years of tramping through the NZ back-country. A passion of this … Continued

River Rescue

The river rescue team are experts in kayaking and working in and around the massive hydraulic pressures generated by our fast-flowing mountain rivers. Swiftwater rescue requires a huge degree of discipline by water technicians.  These guys read seething cauldrons like we … Continued