Author Archives: SWDminda


Pilots operate in the mountainous Southern Alps with human sling loads delivering and extracting our rescue teams to and from  the search and rescue area.  In marginal flying conditions these professional pilots are asked to land on a summit of a mountain the size … Continued

SAR Dogs

Wanaka Search and Rescue dogs are a small group of dog handlers aiming to provide a volunteer search and rescue dog capability for various search situations.The team operates under international minimum standards, and train and evaluate to this level. The … Continued


Search and Rescue responses on Lakes Wanaka and Hawea are controlled by the NZ Police, with the response being coordinated by the Incident Management Team of Wanaka Search and Rescue. The initial response on Lake Wanaka is provided by Coastguard … Continued