Support us & help save a life

Our SAR volunteer efforts are provided free of charge to the victim and the government

Wanaka Search and Rescue needs about $50,000 a year just to keep going:

  •  running costs on our operational headquarters building (comms, power, rates)
  • essential clothing and equipment;
  • vital training from advanced first aid (pre-hospital emergency care) to vertical rope rescue techniques;
  • hours of helicopter time to ensure that all teams are able to operate safely in and around helicopters in often difficult weather and terrain.

We get no support from Government agencies but exist solely on grants and donations.

We are very grateful for the continuing support of the Central Lakes Trust; the Otago Community Trust; the Lion Foundation; & the Infinity Trust.

We are also grateful for the donations received in appreciation from those we have helped.

Wanaka Search and Rescue Inc (LandSAR Wanaka) is a registered chairity (CC10853) and all donations are tax deductible.

Why it is important to support Wanaka Search and Rescue

To help explain, click on the thumbnail below to read the full version of an amazing letter received after a SAR operation:

How can I make a donation?

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Click on the Give a Little logo to donate via our Give a Little page

You can donate to Wanaka Search and Rescue via an internet bank transfer.

  • Our bank account number is Westpac  03 1739 0003 888 00 Wanaka Search and Rescue
  • If you would like a receipt, please email us via the Contact Us page to let us know the date of payment and donation amount
  • If you wish to remain anonymous please use the reference ‘Web Anon’ in your transaction details.
If you are in Wanak you can stop by the Wanaka Police Station on Ballantyne Road OR visit any Westpac counter and donate to Wanaka Search and Rescue
Send to: the Treasurer, Wanaka SAR, Box 119, Wanaka or through the Wanaka Police Station