Coastguard Nelson covers an area 7,400 square km from the top of Farewell Spit to the northern tip of D’urville Island, Tasman bay inclusive. This is the biggest stretch of water a single Coastguard unit covers. 

Our team meets on Tuesdays and Saturdays to train together. Visit our About Us section for more information on our unit's Vessel, Sponsors and how you can Contact Us.


Legal Name Nelson Volunteer Coastguard Inc
Charity Number    CC33023 

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Coastguard is a charity. Our volunteers need your help to save lives at sea.

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Support the Coastguard and our volunteers in their mission of ‘saving lives at sea’, and get benefits at the same time.

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Book a Course

Increase your knowledge and confidence by completing a boating course.

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No matter your skill set, there’s a place for you in the Coastguard whānau.

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Thanks to our life-saving partners:
  • Auckland Council
  • Northland Regional Council
  • Waikato Regional Council
  • Hutchwilco
  • Marine Deals
  • Tower
  • Kordia
  • Hyundai
  • Line7
  • Century Batteries
  • Half Moon Bay
  • NZCT
  • Lotteries Grants Board
  • Lion Foundation
  • Pub Charity