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How much does it cost?

We have you covered with a range of Coastguard membership options - which one you choose depends on your situation. All memberships give you free on-water assistance in all popular boating areas around New Zealand*. Non-members pay $350 per hour for non-urgent assistance.

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$130 a year

Covers you, your partner,
and any kids under 18
on any vessel


Sign up online and get your ship sorted today.

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Vessel membership

From $400 a year

For boat share situations
or commercial vessels*
Covers one named boat


Call us on 0800 BOATIE (262 843) to set up a vessel membership.

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Lifetime membership

$1,950 one-off 

Covers you, your partner,
and any kids under 18
on any vessel, for life!


Sign up online and you're covered for life.

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Club membership

$150 a year

Valid for eligible not-for-profit
Clubs or Incorporated Societies*
Covers club vessels only


Call us on 0800 BOATIE (262 843) to set up a club membership.

Gift memberships are available, just call the friendly membership team on 0800 BOATIE (262 843) during office hours.


*More detail

  • Free assistance is available in all popular boating areas around New Zealand, within 30NM of a Coastguard Unit - see the map of units near you.
  • For individual and life memberships you, your spouse and any dependents under the age of 18 are covered on any vessel.
  • For Vessel Memberships one named vessel is covered with any skipper; commercial vessels (such as fishing charters, ferries or fishing boats) are only able to hold a Vessel Membership.
  • Club Membership is available only to incorporated societies, voluntary or not for profit organisations that primarily exist to promote training, education or recreational activities to further maritime pursuits in New Zealand. Proof of eligibility may be required.
  • A 24 hour stand-down period applies to new members.
  • View the full membership terms and conditions.

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Got the Coastguard app? Done your Day Skipper course?
Find out all you need to know at our Boaties Best Mate website.