Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ)

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is New Zealand’s national search and rescue organisation

For a Search and Rescue Emergency Dial the 24 hour emergency number 0508 4 RCCNZ (0508 472 269)

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What does RCCNZ do?

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is responsible for coordinating:

  • Search and Rescue Operations that require coordination at the national level
  • Maritime and aviation search and rescue missions within New Zealand’s search and rescue region
  • Land-based missions that are initiated via a Satellite Distress Notification Devices
  • SAR support and advice to emergency response partners (e.g NZ Police, Ambulance and Civil Defence)

We deliver these services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

RCCNZ is a part of MNZ's wider maritime incident response function


Covering one of the world’s largest search and rescue areas

Quick stats

  • Spanning 30 million square kilometres, RCCNZ covers one of the largest search and rescue areas in the world.
  • This area extends from the mid-Tasman Sea, halfway to Chile, and from the South Pole, almost up to the Equator.
  • Every year, RCCNZ responds to approximately 1,500 search and rescue incidents.
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Other services

RCCNZ also provides secondary support services, including:

  • Support New Zealand Police with Category 1 Search and Rescue
  • Medical advice and assistance to mariners
  • Maritime assistance service
  • Ship Security Alert System
  • Marine accident reporting
  • Aviation accident reporting
  • Oil spill reporting
  • Bomb and security alerts on aircraft
  • Search and Rescue planning support for partner agencies
  • Issue of Maritime Navigation Warnings including Tsunami Alerts


Our search and rescue partners

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We work with a large number of agencies, including:

For additional Search and Rescue information visit

Contact us

24-hour emergency contact:

New Zealand (toll free):
0508 4 RCCNZ (0508 472 269)

Calling from outside New Zealand:
+64 4 577 8030

Distress beacon registration enquiries:

New Zealand (toll free):
0800 406 111

Calling from outside New Zealand
+64 4 577 8042

Postal address:
PO Box 30050
Lower Hutt 5040

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