Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust
English Title:
Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust
First Established:
ICAO Code:
New Zealand


Narrative Summary

The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust was established to develop and support the permanent helicopter base and crew for the Whitianga Rescue Helicopter. The second Auckland “Westpac Rescue” Helicopter and crew is deployed to 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 within the next five years. To date the Coromandel Helicopter Trust has been successful in securing significant funding to establish the hangar and crew base next to the Mercury Bay Aero Club airfield. When deployed, the Rescue helicopter responds to over 200 rescue missions per year.

Key Dates

late 2010 First ARHT summer deployement to Whitianga.
2012 CRHT first established.
8 December 2012 Hangar officially opened.

Current Status

A permanent helicopter base has been established, with hangar and crew rest area.

Future Plans

Fund-raising for a dedicated helicopter.


Special Markings

The ARHT helicopter operates in the standard Westpac Rescue Helicopter red and yellow colour scheme.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

The trust has no helicopter of its own at the moment.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

The trust has no helicopter of its own at the moment.

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

CRHT Hangar, Abrahamson Drive, Whitianga.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helicopter is based at Whitingia Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


To be added


  • Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust
  • New Rescue Helicopter Trust for Coromandel
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