Coastguard Whanganui was formed in 1978 when the Marine Search and Rescue Group which had been created in 1964 became Whanganui Volunteer Coastguard Inc. The group had been established as a result of a number of incidents off the Whanganui coast which identified the need for a managed response to marine search and rescue at Whanganui

Over the years the Unit has grown from a small number of enthusiastic volunteers and a very small vessel to a strong viable Unit with a great team.


Our volunteers provide a modern marine search and rescue response and VHF Radio Service to the Whanganui community and wider area. 

Visit our About Us section for more information on our unit's VesselSponsors and how you can Contact Us.

Legal Name Wanganui Volunteer Coastguard Inc
Charity Number    CC20974 

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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