Coastguard Waihi Beach was formed in 1990.

When a local fisherman lost his life in 1989 there were no sea rescue services available in the area.

In 1990 a public meeting was called by local boating people to express concerns about the growing number of boaties and the dangerous Bowentown Bar. 


A steering committee was formed and in May that year the Waihi Beach Volunteer Coastguard Association Inc (Coastguard Waihi Beach) was established.

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

Legal Name Waihi Beach Volunteer Coastguard Association Inc
Charity Number   CC32979

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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