Getting from Waiheke Island to Auckland takes about 35 minutes on the ferry.

That’s a long time when you need urgent medical help. Thankfully the Waiheke community can rely on the “Chopper” to get people to hospital in six-seven minutes, a literally life-saving service provided by the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust [].

Through the annual Chopper Swim Challenge, [] swimmers raise funds for the Chopper, swimming 20km from Matiatia Bay on Waiheke to the ARHT base at Mechanics Bay in Central Auckland.

Some cover this eye-watering distance “solo”, others team up with friends. All take to the water to support an amazing cause.  This page gives you the opportunity to get behind them.

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

Providing the Greater Auckland and Coromandel regions with an air ambulance and rescue service, FREE of charge 24/7/365. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust is a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005, registration number CC21935.
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