Taupo Radio

Emergency, accident or incident, contact:

Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM
VHF Ch 16 (all NZ coastal waters)
SSB 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291, 12290 or 16420

Tel: 04 550 5280 from within New Zealand or +64 4 550 5280 from overseas

Email: maritime@kordia.co.nz


Rescue Coordination Centre
Tel: 0508 222 433 (Toll-F,ree in New Zealand)

Marine weather broadcasts

  • HF SSB from Taupo Radio ZLM
  • HF weather fax from ZKLF
  • Inmarsat-C

Schedules for all three weather broadcast services

Maritime Operations Centre in 2019
Maritime Operations Centre in 2019. Photo: Maritime NZ

Taupo Maritime Radio, part of the New Zealand government’s Maritime Operations Centre, operates from the Avalon Television Studios in Lower Hutt, near Wellington.

Avalon television studios in 2013
The Maritime Operations Centre is located at the Avalon television studios in Lower Hutt.
Photo (2013): Lcmortensen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The facility was designed and is managed by Kordia for Maritime New Zealand. It works closely with the Rescue Coordination Centre, at the same location.

The station’s transmitters are east of Taupo in the central North Island at 2974 Matea Rd, Matea (shown on the map below), while the receivers are located 37km to the north, at 681 Goudies Rd.

Taupo Radio also monitors Marine VHF channel 16 via 30 remote stations around New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands.

Taupo Maritime Radio covers international NAVAREA XIV using MF and HF
Taupo Maritime Radio covers international NAVAREA XIV using MF and HF. Graphic: Maritime NZ

Maritime New Zealand VHF radio channels

New Zealand Marine Radio Handbook

QSL cards

Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM does not send a QSL card, or even an electronic QSL card, in response to reception reports.

Instead it provides a very bland document on corporate letterhead.

Here are some of these QSL reports, which are interesting at least as an historical record of frequencies and equipment used.

Sep 2008
ZLM QSL letter
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