3 DAYS - $30.
7 DAYS - $40.
AFTER 1ST WEEK OF HIRE AT $40; $30 PER WEEK
Every year thousands of people come to New Zealand or get out of the
city for the weekend to enjoy the pristine environment, stunning scenery
and thrilling adventures on offer in our great outdoors.
A locator beacon can mean the difference between a swift rescue and
spending hours or even days wandering lost or lying injured in a remote
part of New Zealand’s dense native bush and forest plantations, high
mountain ranges, winding river valleys or rugged coastline.
That is why the Southland Locator Beacon Trust was established: to
provide a personal locator beacon hire service for travellers and lovers
of the outdoors throughout New Zealand.
Find out more about the Southland Locator Beacon Trust
Look for this sign for PLB hire all over NZ
With over 30 locations all over New Zealand, you can hire a
personal locator beacon wherever you venture. Look for this sign outside
our outlets where PLBs are available.
Find where to hire a PLB…
ACR locator beacons
We hire out 3 types of ACR locator beacons with built-in GPS
locator chips. Made from durable ABS high impact/ high visibility
plastic to withstand the rugged New Zealand terrain.
Details of our PLB devices…
Be safe with a PLB
Whether you are hiking,
fishing, or hunting, whatever you are doing to enjoy our
amazing outdoors, we strongly recommend you always wear a beacon.
Read about PLB rescues…
Any one of these state of the art Personal Locator beacons would suit
any adventure you want to go in New Zealand, they are small,
lightweight, durable and super functional. they are not so big as to be a
hindrance to you and come in a comfortable 'High Viz' pouch and wide
nylon gut strap so that you can wear them on your person at ALL times
you are out moving around.
We STRONGLY recommend that you don't put them into your pack and
carry them that way.. if you are separated from your pack for any
reason, then become lost or injured... you need it to be with you... NOT
in your pack.
What does the Southland Locator Beacon Trust do?
It’s a fact: Personal Locator Beacons or PLBs save lives. The
Southland Locator Beacon Trust provides hire facilities for locator
beacons to make enjoying the outdoors safer.
We currently use three high specification models from the ACR locator beacon products range
Micro Fix, ResQFix All have the built-in GPS chip, and the AquaLink
and also include a strobe light. They are all waterproof and will
float, and are built from durable ABS high impact/ high visibility
plastic so will stand up to the rugged terrain here in New Zealand.
Since we began in 1994 there has never been a failure with the ACR
products. During that time there have been over 200 people rescued. Of
those 200, more than 50 would have lost their life or sustained
permanent injury had they not had a Personal Locator Beacon with them.
More about ACR Personal Locator Beacon Rescues
Active PLB monitoring for rapid and precise SAR response
When you hire a personal locator beacon from the Southland Locator
Beacon Trust, we don’t forget you. We monitor our database every day. If
you don’t return when you said you would on the hire form, we’ll start
looking for you!
More about the Locator Beacon and how it works
Should you find yourself in a situation where you need rescuing*,
simply activate your PLB. The signal from the transmitting Beacon is
picked up by satellites that orbit the earth, and the signal relayed to
the Search and Rescue Unit closest to the area where the signal is
coming from. Then a search is mounted by the NZ Rescue Coordination
Centre to find the missing person with the beacon.
The Trust has around 30 outlets throughout New Zealand, in both the
North and South Islands where our PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons) are
available for hire.
Find a location to hire a PLB from the Southland Locator Beacon Trust