Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust

Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust


Essential service


90 Moewai Road

What to Expect

The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust was established to develop and support the permanent helicopter base and crew for the Whitianga Rescue Helicopter.

Our Purpose and Team
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and crew is based in Whitianga over the summer period and holiday weekends to service the whole of the Coromandel region. The Trust's objective is to have a Rescue Helicopter based permanently in Whitianga.

To date the Coromandel Helicopter Trust (CRHT) has been successful in securing significant funding to establish the 20m x 14m hangar and four-bedroom crew base next to the Mercury Bay Aero Club airfield.

The CRHT is also working with the Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue team and have sub-leased an area next to the hangar for the establishment of their new base building.

Donations are welcome
The rescue facility has been possible to achieve because of the support and generosity of our community and the New Zealand public.  If you would like to make a donation or contact the Trust please call us, email us or go to our website for more informaiton.

Want to get involved as a volunteer?
We have a range of volunteer roles that you may be interested from bucket collections, assistance with events, maintaining our base headquarters and rescus operations. Contact our volunteer coordinator Brian for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Rescue helicopter responds to over 200 rescue missions per year.


Whitianga Rescue Helicopter
Whitianga Rescue Helicopter support vehicle
Whitianga Westpac Rescue Helicopter
Whitianga Westpac Rescue Helicopter Hanger
Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust Whitianga
Chopper Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust
Westpac Rescue Helicopter assisting at scene of accident
Westpac Rescue Helicopter on site of accident at the beach  in the Coromandel
Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust based in Whitianga


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Walter Russell Chairman Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust Whitianga 14 September 2015 Dear Walter On Father’s Day, 6 September, I was out for a walk and a short distance from home when things went wrong. I have an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) in my chest and a short distance from home felt my heart start a Ventricular Tachycardia episode. Unfortunately, my ICD did not give me a defibrillation shock that it is designed for, so I called 111 emergency for Ambulance assistance and they came to my aid quickly. On assessment they decided this was a situation that needed the help of the Rescue Helicopter Service to get me to Waikato Hospital quickly. Shortly after, I was taken to the Whitianga Heliport to meet the crew from Auckland. Walter, the whole operation was incredible. This is the second time that I have used these services and I cannot say in words how I felt when I met the helicopter crew. They had Marcel Driessen and Doctor Ula Heywood on board to care for me. Ula decided that I needed to be defibrillated by shock before I went to Waikato Hospital. She was so professional, thoughtful and cool, which settled me down as my situation was not at all good. After Ula and crew shocked me, my situation was stabilised and I was quickly flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment. I came home last Wednesday and am quietly regaining strength. For me and my family, the fact that there are such services here in Whitianga is indeed a God send. If possible please pass on to the crew of the Helicopter, my sincere thanks (Ula and Marcel in particular).

Kind Regards Peter Bethell 179 Buffalo Beach Road Whitianga 

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