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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.


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.

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.

We have been saving lives on the Coromandel Peninsula since 2012

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Total Missions

Latest News

08 Mar

Non-Fatal Drowning

On Feb 23rd, the crew of the Auckland and Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked from their base in Whitianga to New…

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16 Feb

Man Rescued

On the 7th Aug the Auckland and Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew (W2) was called to Whangapoua for a man who had…

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10 Dec

To the Rescue

On 29 January Jo was outside on her deck when she pushed shut an open window and was shocked to find her…

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