Our Stories

Gillespie Pass, Mount Aspiring National Park: 2015

On Saturday 25th of April 2015, 20 year old American student Ally Willen went missing after crossing Gillespie Pass between the Young and Wilkin river valley’s in Mt Aspiring National Park.   The weather on the 25th was horrendous, with … 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