NIWA scientists have worked for many years on Antarctic atmospheric processes and aquatic ecosystems. Our research vessel RV Tangaroa also supplies logistical support for scientific studies and hydrographic surveys in the Southern Ocean.

Our Far South

Our Far South: Beyond Stewart Island is a month-long voyage around Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, organised by  Gareth Morgan. NIWA's General Manager, Research, Rob Murdoch was on board and will be presenting on NIWA's science in the area.

Find out more on our Our Far South



Dr Craig Stevens shares images and experiences from experiment K132, which is at a coastal ocean flow in Antarctica : unlike most oceanography the work is conducted from camps on sea ice. 

See our photo gallery 'Antarctic report'


Dr Craig Stevens talks about his work on sea ice. 



  • Antarctic hydrographic surveys
  • Vessel support for international research programmes


Antarctica New Zealand, also known as the New Zealand Antarctic Institute, is responsible for developing, managing, and administering New Zealand activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Visit the Antarctica New Zealand website 


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Principal Scientist - Marine Physics
Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology
Ice Tethered Profiler being deployed in Antarctica by NIWA and Antarctica NZ staff. Mount Erebus in the background. (Craig Stewart, NIWA)
Tangaroa in Ross Sea pack ice during the 2008 IPY-CAML voyage (Peter Marriot IPY-CAML)
Kayaking amid icebergs near Nansen Island, on the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. (Katja Riedel)
Ice core containing bubbles of trapped atmosphere from the past
Pelorus on Tangaroa deck in ice. [NIWA]