Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust

Our Mission

The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust (CRHT) was formed in 2012 with a view to establishing a hangar facility for the helicopter along with a house for the crew whilst based in Whitianga, and provide a general base for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT).

With the ARHT providing the majority of the rescue missions to the Coromandel Peninsula it was becoming obvious that a permanent base should be established so the helicopter would be ready and waiting for emergency calls right here in Whitianga, saving precious time and costs. In the summer time as the population in this area increases, so does the demand on rescue services increase 10 fold.

To see how many missions to the Coromandel Peninsula where provided over the last years click here

Coromandel Rescue Helicopter missions

Our Vision

Donations are the life line for the rescue service with operational costs running at approximately $6,000.00 per hour for each helicopter whilst on a mission.

We are hoping that in the not too distant future there will be a helicopter and crew based all year round in Whitianga.

Coromandel Rescue Helicopter base building Whitianga

Recent Success

Going forward with a view to the possible establishment of a Rescue Centre at Whitianga the CRHT have sub-leased to Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue an area at the airfield next to the hangar for them to establish a base building.

This whole rescue facility is thanks to the hard work and generosity of this community and the NZ public.



Your donations make a huge difference and encourage us to continue our works of success.

Please support the saving of lives and donate by direct debit to our Hangar Fund bank: Account 03-1578-0116338-01.
Or even better become a Friend or a Sponsor of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Base.



Personal accounts from those who we have helped or worked with.


Make a difference and set an example

Thank you!



Events are a great way you can show your support for the trust, and have a great time in return.


Annual Get Together

90 Moewai Rd, Whitianga

Another successful hangar function attended by around 50 guests. A wonderful galore of Peninsula wide folks were treated to nibbles and drinks.


Concert in the Vines

Mercury Bay Estate, Cooks Beach

A very well patronised event again this year - a fundraiser with a great talent line up to entertain all. The arrival of the Rescue Helicopter was the usual treat for the younger and not so young generation.

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Matarangi Food + Wine Festival

Village Green at Matarangi Beach

This has become the go-to event on the Peninsula east side. An exceptional fun day with a host of talent on the stage plus a full range of local and other goods for purchase at the many stalls.

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What's happening lately?

Almost completed now, a system to allow the helicopter to approach and depart a fixed landing site with considerably more safety in adverse conditions.

In addition a link network is also being installed to reduce flying time through direct routes.

Coromandel Helicopter GPS APPROACH & LINK SYSTEM

Success Stories

Make a difference.
Click here for some of our latest missions.

1867 Missions to the Coromandel Peninsula since Dec 2012

Trust Members

Without that undefinable spirit, without the dedication, the professionalism, and any number of other enviable attributes we simply wouldn't be the organisation that you've come to know and love. We're proud of our staff and thank them for their wonderful contribution, and take pleasure in introducing them to you here.

Walter Russell

Walter Russell QSM JP

Founding Trustee

Water Russel is the face of the Coromandel Rescue Heciopter Trust and responsible for Public Relation.

Andrea McCartney

Andrea McCartney


Andrea is a trustee of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Merv George

Merv George

Trustee - Chair

Merv is a trustee and also the chair of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Doug Walters

Doug Walters


Doug is a trustee of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Jennie Turner

Jennie Turner


Jennie is a trustee of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

John Stephenson

John Stephenson


John is a trustee of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Nigel Strongman

Nigel Strongman


Nigel is a trustee of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about our organisation please feel free to contact us:

Phone 0274 521 298
90 Moewau Road, PO BOX 227, Whitianga 3542 | Google Map

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