Contacting Coastguard using your VHF
Broken down, need a tow, or simply looking to make a Trip Report? Use these VHF Channels to contact us.
Remember you can also contact Coastguard on your cellphone by dialling *500. Find other ways to contact us.
If your boat is sinking, someone is injured or life is in danger, don't delay – call us via VHF Channel 16 (the international maritime distress channel), dial *500 from your cellphone, or dial 111.
Check the weather on Coastguard Nowcasting channels
NZ's weather can be highly unpredictable. Enjoying the sunshine and a light breeze at home is one thing, but the wind can be twice as strong out on the water.
Check the current weather and sea state via your VHF radio - simply tune into your local Nowcasting channel for real-time marine weather information and forecasts.
You can also see the VHF and Nowcasting channels on the Coastguard app, along with a boatload of handy features for fishos and boaties. You can now use the app to log your trip, as well as checking the marine forecasts and the current sea state via Nowcasting. You won’t want to leave the dock without this in your pocket.
VHF radio channels
Download the VHF channel map here.
Coastguard Nowcasting channels
Download the Nowcasting channel map here.
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