The Whangaruru Volunteer Coastguard is a small unit with a large operating area. We conduct search and rescue operations in an area from Cape Brett in the north, east to the Poor Knights islands 20 miles offshore, and down to Whananaki in the south. This provides seamless SAR coverage in conjunction with the Tutukaka and Bay of Islands Coastguard units. An ongoing challenge for the unit is finding enough locals to crew the boat, and we welcome all enquires from interested volunteers.

The major event of the year for the unit is a Rescue Day held every other Labour Weekend. Rescue Day involves many other northern region Coastguard units, some who trailer their boats from the Hokianga, as well as airborne units in some years. The event brings out a real community spirit, and the unit is an integral part in that community.

Our rescue vessel is named Tangaroa - In mãori mythology, Tangaroa is one of the great gods, the god of the sea - and is named in honour of several local men who's loss of life at sea was the catalyst for forming a local Coastguard unit to serve the Whangaruru area. Tangaroa is a 6.8m Naiad design, Circa constructed, rigid inflatable boat with twin 115hp Yamaha outboard engines.


Tangaroa in Whangaruru Harbour

Current crew outside HQ, Wharf Road 

Rescue Day 2008, Hokianga triumphs
over the locals.

The Rescue Day 2008 fleet prior to briefing.


Our unit would like to thank, and ask you to support, the following generous companies who donate equipment vital to keeping our rescue vessel in excellent working order. We would also like to thank our local supporters and members for their ongoing contributions that help to keep us afloat and provide a comprehensive search and rescue service in the area.


Whangaruru Volunteer Coastguard Incorporated
Post: RD4 Hikurangi 0184 Northland
News: https://www.facebook.com/whangaruru.coastguard
Email: whangaruru@coastguard.org.nz

The unit usually trains every Wednesday evening, but it is best to contact the unit in advance as this may vary. The WVCG committee meets every month throughout the year. Contact the secretary for meeting dates.

Last updated: 16 December 2014