Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ)

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

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What does RCCNZ do?

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

  • all major maritime and aviation search and rescue missions within New Zealand’s search and rescue region
  • land-based missions arising from someone activating a distress beacon.

These incidents are termed ‘Category II’ incidents. RCCNZ also assists with other rescues when required, and provide search and rescue (SAR) services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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

RCCNZ’s search and rescue area extends from the mid-Tasman Sea, halfway to Chile, and from the South Pole, almost up to the Equator.

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 1,200 search and rescue incidents.

Our search and rescue partners

We work with a large number of agencies, including:

Other services

RCCNZ also provides secondary support services, including:

  • 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 area determination on request from Police and Coastguard
  • tsunami alerts.

Boating safety code

Outdoor Safety Code

Advice to remember when you are heading outdoors.

1. Choose the right trip for you

Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.

2. Understand the weather

It can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.

3. Pack warm clothes and extra food

Prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.

4. Share your plans and take ways to get help

Telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.

5. Take care of yourself and each other

Eat, drink and rest, stick with your group and make decisions together.

Related information:
Register your beacon with the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).

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Download an information leaflet about RCCNZ.

More about RCCNZ

This leaflet provides more information about RCCNZ.

[PDF: 1.51MB, 10 pages]

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Contact RCCNZ

24-hour emergency numbers:

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

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RCCNZ Postal Address

PO Box 30050,
Lower Hutt, 5040

Facsimile:

+64 4 577 8041

E-mail:

rccnz@maritimenz.govt.nz

Management and administration (office hours)

Office hours for RCCNZ are Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm.