Supporting research on Antarctic atmospheric processes and aquatic ecosystems.


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NIWA scientists have worked for many years on Antarctic atmospheric processes and aquatic ecosystems.

We supply logistical support for scientific studies and hydrographic surveys in the Southern Ocean.

Discover the beauty of Antarctic seafloor communities, with experienced NIWA polar diver Peter Marriott. 

Our research vessel

RV Tangaroa is New Zealand’s only ice strengthened and dynamically positioned deep-water research vessel.


Research projects

Read about the wide-ranging research that NIWA scientists lead and contribute to in Antarctica.


Read the latest news about our Antarctic research and voyages.

Marine Protected Area

The Ross Sea region is vital to the future of the Antarctic ecosystem.

Contact us

View key NIWA staff involved in our Antarctica research programmes.