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Due to a high turnover, All our beacons are fresh stock and have the full advertised battery life

All of our Personal Locator Beacons are NZ Coded and can be registered Free with Maritime New Zealand.

They also work worldwide

We highly recomend ACR ResQlink Personal Locator Beacons

We highly recomend ACR ResQlink  Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for 1-way outgoing SOS emergency distress calls.

It may not have a lot of extra services or the ability to receive incoming messages but what it does, it does well and has a long track record of saving lives.

The ACR ResQlink is small but tough. This PLB is a buoyant, GPS enabled rescue beacon that is suited for outdoor adventures of all sizes. Whether you want to boat, hunt, hike or cycle, this should be part of your essential gear.

The ACR ResQlink will relay your location in an emergency to a reliable system of satellites for the first responders. its’s buoyant, has an LED strobe light, has a self test function and 66 channel GPS.

The ACR ResQlink Beacons are a compact, full-functional personal locator beacon from a long-standing company that uses the COSPAS/SARSAT communication network and protocol. The explicit function of the ResQlink is to send a distress SOS transmission.

  • COSPAS/SARSAT’s reliability and long track record

  • No annual subscription

  • Simple operation

  • Free battery replacement if used


Personal Locator Beacon informationn and there use



EPIRB stands for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon,

PLB, stands for Personal locator beacon,

The distinction between these devices are a matter of size and shape, resulting from their intended uses. EPIRBs are designed to be attached to marine vessels, ELTs are used in aviation and PLBs are for individuals

Choose the right beacon,

Although they all work in the same way, different beacons are designed for use in different environments.
There are three types of beacons:

  • EPIRBs (emergency position-indicating radio beacon) are best for boats, ships and other activities on water

  • PLBs (personal locator beacon) are for those tramping, climbing, hunting and travelling to remote locations, microlights and balloons and any other outdoor activities. If being used for paddling or small water craft then they need to be of a type that can float and operate in water.

  • ELTs (emergency locator transmitter) are only for aircraft

Most Personal Locator beacons work as an emergency device only – sending a signal when you need help. But some models also provide messaging and tracking options. These devices allow for pre-set messages to be sent and may be able to receive text messages and link up to social media accounts so your friends can follow your progress. The major drawback of these devices is that they operate on a subscription service. and most don't have the 121.5mz making it harder to pinpoint the location

One of the most reliable ways of signalling that you need help,


Due to New Zealand’s rugged landscape and changeable weather a personal locator beacon (PLB) is an essential item for those who regularly head into the back-country bush walking, hiking & backpacking,  Beacons (also known as Eperb distress or emergency beacons) are the most effective way of letting people know that you need urgent help and where to find you.

Radios, GPS tracking systems, distress flares, whistles, lights and mobile phones may be useful as a back-up, however, none are as effective as a PLB Personal Locator Beacon when you need help in distress or an emergency.

​It’s important to get your beacon re-coded for New Zealand in order for it to be registered with the Rescue Coordination Center NZ (RCCNZ). If you don’t do this, rescue services in the country you bought your beacon from will be sent your distress signal, delaying your rescue. Re-coding the beacon can be done here in NZ through Wilco Marine


Where to place you beacon  

​We suggest you place your (PLB) Personal Locator Beacon either in one of our custom made pouches attached to your belt or a zipped pocket, always carry your beacon where you can get to it in an emergency, The last thing you want is the beacon to be in something that you may be separated from. We provide the pouches for $15 in our online shop: “These are made specifically for ACR 375, 400 & 425 beacons


How a Emergency Personal Locator Beacons works

A personal locator beacon is a small electronic device that on activation broadcasts a signal to a satellite.

This signal alerts the New Zealand Rescue Co-Ordination Centre that you are in distress

When a PLB is activated, the signal is picked up by a satellite, which then sends information to The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) they will determine the exact location of the beacon, and will contact the people listed on the beacon’s registration details.  This is why it’s important to register your beacon upon purchasing and to keep emergency contact details up to date, and let those contacts know your plans in order to help establish your position. When the position has been determined, RCCNZ will launch a search and rescue operation. All modern Personal Locator Beacons transmit a 406MHz signal, but some also transmit the older 121.5MHz signal, which helps searchers home in on your location once they arrive in the vicinity. Your chosen (PLB) Personal Locator Beacon should also be GPS-enabled so it can also send your location to searchers (non GPS models still work but take longer for orbiting satellites to pinpoint your location).

all of our PLBs Person Locator Beacons Purchase have all three 406MHz, 121.5MHz &  GPS

When should you activate you Beacon

Distress Personal Locator Beacons are for life threatening situations, RCCNZ advise people to err on the side of caution and to activate their PLB when in need of rescue, please don't leave it till the middle of the night; it’s easier and more convenient to search during the day with plenty of daylight. if possible, find a clearing and remain there, Once activated keep the Personal Locator Beacon turned on and stay in one place. If you’re hopelessly lost or need rescuing due to an injury, the more you move around the harder it is for rescuers to find you. if possible find a clearing, create arrows out of rocks and sticks and leave bright pack liners beside a riverbed or move to a ridge or a flat area large enough for the helicopter to land and would help rescuers spot you and draw attention to your location. Use common sense and do what you are able to do to aid rescuers in finding you
Do not move if it is dangerous to do so. If the injured person is not able to be moved and someone can stay with them, one person could take the PLB to a clearing and then guide rescuers once they arrive. But realize that New Zealand bush and terrain can make it tricky for searchers to hone in on a Personal Locator Beacon. also the reason we only supply beacons with all three transmit signals 406MHz, 121.5MHz & GPS

Accidental activation of your PLB

If your beacon is set off accidentally, phone The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ)  immediately.
New Zealand (toll free): 0508 4 RCCNZ or 0508 472 269
This will ensure a search and rescue operation is not launched needlessly.
If you are unable to contact RCCNZ immediately, switch off the beacon and make contact as soon as you are able to.
There is no penalty for accidental activation.

Safety Tips

  • Keep your PLB securely on your person,

  • Ensure everyone in your party knows where the beacon is and how to operate it.

  • Get familiar with your beacon before you head out

  • When possible, have more than one PLB in your group.

  • Make sure your PLB is waterproof and you have a floatation device for it. (like all the ones we sell)

  • Read the instruction manual and understand how to operate your beacon

  • Check the expiry date for the battery, which is shown on the beacon label

  • Batteries should be replaced by your supplier or agent

  • Make sure your beacon is registered and that your details are kept up to date


Register your emergency Personal Locator beacon

It’s the law, it’s free and easy and it could save your life

Registration of your Emergency Personal Locator beacon is FREE and only takes a couple of minutes. Registrations can be submitted online, emailed or downloaded and sent through post.

Registering your beacon is a legal requirement.

Ensuring your Personal Locator beacon (PLB) is registered with the Rescue Coordination Center New Zealand (RCCNZ) is vital – a registered Personal Locator Beacon means a quicker, more targeted response can be launched. RCCNZ may also be able to find out exactly who is with you, how long you have been gone, and whether anyone has any medical conditions. Rescuers will then be in the best position to help you when you are located.

Disposing of an old Personal Locator Beacons

Old or obsolete beacons need to be disposed of carefully, to ensure they are not set off by accident.
Do not just throw them away, as a lot of time and money has been spent on search operations to dig beacons out of rubbish tips.
The battery needs to be disconnected and the beacon disposed of according to local regulations, as many beacons contain hazardous materials. The names of distributors who dispose of old beacons can be found at https://beacons.org.nz/.

PLBs are ideal for emergency's in many outdoor activity's

Tramping, bush-walking, hiking, backpacking, Hunting, sailing, boating, Climbers, 4 wheel drive clubs, Farmers, Forestry workers

Don’t own a Personal Locator beacon? Rent one!

Locator Beacons are readily available See https://www.locatorbeacons.co.nz/hireoutlets and there list of locations near you

you can get into trouble very quickly while out in New Zealand’s rugged landscape, Get yourself a Personal Locator Beacon from us and take it for walks and hopefully you never have to use it