In early 2012, the communities in and around Houhora were approached to gauge the support of starting up a Coastguard Unit. The response to forming a Unit was keenly received and supported. 

Coastguard Houhora Inc became affiliated with Coastguard New Zealand in October 2012. Initially using volunteers’ vessels of opportunity, we began providing a consistent rescue service to our community.

In July 2015, the team were given the use of a 5.5m Naiad – named 'Houhora Rescue' – to assist us with the required training. Later in 2015 we gained Operational Status thanks to the dedication of our volunteers to train when required.

Coastguard Houhora now has their own dedicated premises, thanks to the hard work and hours given by volunteers and supporters.

We provide marine search and rescue services from Cape Reinga to Knuckle Point – (entrance to Doubtless Bay.) This level of service requires a high level of training and commitment from our volunteers who are all locals. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers. 

Houhora Rescue 5.5m Naiad


The new, dedicated Coastguard Houhora premises 


Our sponsors are important to us and we thank them all - we appreciate their support! Without the support of our many sponsors more time would be spent fundraising when we ought to be out training.

While not all sponsorship is financial, with some sponsorship coming through in the form of advice, goods, labour, it all makes a difference to our team. We're incredibly grateful for the support of our wonderful community.


President: Robin Gemmell
Email Robin here

Last updated: 1 May 2018