Coastguard Whakatane

Coastguard Whakatane is a volunteer run marine search and rescue service aimed at making Eastern Bay of Plenty waterways a safer place for boaties.

The organisation has a Coastguard Rescue Vessel "Whakatane Rescue II", which is manned by brave, passionate, highly trained volunteers so you know that a call to Coastguard Whakatane will put you in expert hands.

The Communications Centre is based in the Coastguard Whakatane Headquarters at The Heads,  the end of Muriwai Drive. The centre is manned  7 days a week, 365 day a year, between 08:00 and 18:00 hours.  Between 18:00 and 08:00 hours your call will be answered by Coastguard Northern Region in Auckland.

Information for Boaties

Coastguard Whakatane encourages all boaties to call Coastguard on leaving and returning to port, also when moving position during the day.

  1. All vessels intending to depart or enter across the Thornton, Opotiki and Ohiwa bars are asked to advise their intention to do so prior to the crossing.
  2. CG Whakatane will log the call and monitor the vessel
  3. Once safely across the bar the vessel reports its safe crossing.
  4. If no safe crossing report is received by Coastguard Whakatane within 10 minutes, the vessel will be called on VHF 80 & 60 to confirm the safe crossing.
  5. If the safety of the vessel cannot be confirmed an "all stations" call will be made and the matter referred to a Marine SAR Advisor and the Police.
  6. Boat owners using the Thornton, Opotiki and Ohiwa bars are encouraged to adopt this practice.