Emergency Communications Hire

Satellite Phone

A satellite phone, or satphone is a type of mobile phone that connects to orbiting satellites instead of terrestrial cell sites. They provide similar functionality to terrestrial mobile telephones; voice, short messaging service and low-bandwidth internet access are supported through most systems.

In remote areas, satellite communications are an invaluable way to ensure reliable methods of communications are kept open. Working slightly differently from mobile phones, satellite communications depend on having a clear line of sight to the satellite in the sky. They work most effectively when used outside, with as few obstructions (tall buildings, mountains, trees, etc.) as possible.

Our Satphone is not waterproof, dust or impact resistant.


The Inreach is a two-way satellite communicator. It offers two-way SOS, sends pre-loaded text messages, and provides remote tracking. It offers full GPS navigation. It’s linked to GEOS emergency services and Iridium, the world’s only truly global network. It’s pocket-sized, durable, waterproof, buoyant, and impact-resistant.

The InReach is pocket-sized, durable, waterproof, buoyant, and impact-resistant.


The Spot satellite messenger provides a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it, and emergency assistance when you need it. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where cell phones don’t – all with the push of a button. The SPOT has the following functions:


A PLB is an electronic device that is designed specifically to be used as the last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted and you are in grave and imminent danger. Our PLB’s will send out a GPS signal of your  location along witht the emergency request. Its use will result in a search and rescue response if you need it. Help will not be instant, and will depend on other emergencies already in process, but most activations are responded to within two hours

Waterproof and about the size of a phone, a PLB is a simple but extremely effective way to call for professional help in an emergency. Using a PLB is simple – they are designed to be used in moments of high-stress, and potential injury. you simply pull out the PLB, raise the aerial and wait

Important Tips

Emergency Device Usage Instructions (PDF)

Emergency Device Hire Form (PDF)

Emergency Device Terms of Hire (PDF)

Hire Fees

Device Hire Fee Usage Fee  
Satellite Phone NZD$35/day Voice: NZD$3.75 per minute or part of
    Text Message: NZD$2.25 each

Call to Sat phone cost:

Landline (Spark)


NZD$7.64 per minute

    Cellphone (Spark) NZD$15.95 per minute
    SOS Free
InReach NZD$35/day Message NZD$1.50 a message (160 characters)
    Waypoints / Tracking

NZD .50c per point (can be sent every 10

minutes if tracking)

    Weather Forcast NZD$3 a request
    Social Networking/sharing etc. NZD$1.50+ a message
    SOS Free
SPOT NZD$10/day Free  
PLB NZD$5/day Free