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Eddieb
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A Personal Locator Beacon, also known as a Rescue or Distress Beacon, is a small electronic device that in an emergency can be used to signal rescue services that you need help.

They are a one time use device and are highly recommended for those who travel alone into areas of New Zealand with little or no cell phone reception and very sparse traffic.
In the South Island especially many tracks are well out of mobile phone signal range and may only see vehicles once per week or even less. If you have a breakdown or accident and injury or find yourself trapped due to weather conditions it could be a very long time before someone finds you, if they do at all.

To find out about how rescue beacons work, where to buy or hire a beacon and how to register your beacon see the https://beacons.org.nz website.