Gillespie Pass: 2015

20-year-old American student Ally Willen went missing after crossing the Gillespie Pass with two other young American female students in torrential rain, hail and gale force winds. Ally died – while making her way, alone, through flood water covering a section of the … Continued

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