NIWA's vessels are world class environmental monitoring and research platforms.


NIWA offers well-equipped, safe and efficient vessel platforms to suit a wide range of scientific research, survey and marine engineering requirements, from small-scale inshore surveys to deep-sea voyages to remote, inhospitable environments such as Antarctica.  


NIWA Vessels

NIWA's vessels are world-class environmental monitoring and research platforms.

Vessels key contacts

Contacts for our vessels-related services.


NIWA leads many ocean research voyages from the tropical waters of the Pacific to Antarctica. This page highlights some of these voyages.

Applying for RV Tangaroa voyage time

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), through the Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF), has contracted NIWA to provide access to RV Tangaroa for the next four years (up to 2019/20) as a national research facility.

Joint NZ-US mission to upgrade tsunami warning station

A tsunami reporting station situated in the Pacific Ocean that is currently off line is to be upgraded in a joint operation involving New Zealand and United States government agencies.