NIWA Vessels

NIWA's vessels are world-class environmental monitoring and research platforms. Our vessels and professional crews meet the most stringent health and safety standards. With more than 40 years of experience working in New Zealand’s marine realm we really know our back yard, however we can provide our services and expertise anywhere in the world.


RV Tangaroa

RV Tangaroa is New Zealand’s only ice strengthened and dynamically positioned deep-water research vessel. Equipped for ocean science, oil and gas exploration and marine engineering, Tangaroa provides a sophisticated environmental survey and ocean science platform throughout the South Pacific, Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

RV Kaharoa

Although designed primarily for coastal surveys, Kaharoa is capable of working throughout New Zealand's EEZ and further afield. The deployment of ocean-profiling Argo floats alone has taken it over 75,000 nautical miles.

RV Ikatere

A versatile inshore vessel, RV Ikatere is equipped with high-precision multibeam and sub-bottom profiler transducers for surveying and mapping the seabed.

Other vessels

NIWA operates about 30 other Maritime New Zealand-certified vessels based at Bream Bay, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Turangi, Wellington, Nelson, Greymouth, Tekapo, Christchurch, and Dunedin.