The Westpac Chopper Challenge


The Westpac Chopper Challenge has landed!

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter crews work together 24/7, 365 days a year to complete over 1000 rescue missions,  every mission presenting multiple mental and physical obstacles to overcome.

Now it’s your turn to face the obstacles in a team of four….

On 17th November we are taking off for Matakana for the ultimate test of teamwork, endurance, strength, and stamina….

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has partnered with Westpac and Action Matakana to bring you this unparalleled test of your physical and mental capabilities.

You and your three teammates will be put against the clock to complete either one or two laps of this purpose designed 3km course with over 30 demanding obstacles in your path.   Think scaling 9ft walls, wading through creeks, rope swinging over mud pits and that’s just the start.  

One lap or 2, teamwork - and a change of clothes - will be vital!

“I have travelled all around the world competing in trail runs and Action Matakana is one of the best courses out there in terms of obstacles.”

Liam Wilkinson – Ascend Fit

Why compete? Did you know Westpac Rescue Helicopter Crews work in teams of four? These teams include a Doctor, a Pilot, a Crewman, and an Intensive Care Paramedic. Although each has their own role on the team, it is imperative that they work together to complete each life-saving mission. The Westpac Chopper Challenge has been created to recognise this inspiring teamwork and raise vital funding for this life-saving service.

Rise to the challenge! 

Our goal is to raise $100,000 and so we are asking you and your team to fundraise $5,000 for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust – that’s the average cost of one rescue mission. 

YOUR MISSION - Take part, have a great time and save a life.



About Us

The Auckland based Westpac Rescue Helicopter is staffed full-time by a highly experienced flight crew consisting of pilots, paramedics and crewmen, and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In addition to this, the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) complements the team with specialist trauma physicians with the team to make further improvements to the chain of care for the patient.

2010/11 was the Auckland Rescue Helicopter services’ 40th year in operation. This was a milestone for the service, which started the world's first ever civilian surf rescue helicopter service back in late 1970. Since then, the service has performed many thousands of rescues and is internationally recognised for its pioneering work in saving lives.


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