NIWA leads many ocean research voyages from the tropical waters of the Pacific to Antarctica, on our world-class environmental monitoring and research vessels.

  • 2022 - Chatham Trawl Survey

    The NIWA research ship Tangaroa was chartered by the Ministry of Primary Industries to survey the hoki fishery on the Chatham Rise during January 2022.
  • 2021 - Kaikōura Canyon

    Kaikōura Canyon reveals its muddy secrets
  • 2021 - Macquarie Ridge

    RV Tangaroa has sailed to the Macquarie Ridge to under charter by Australia’s CSIRO Marine National Facility to recover ocean bottom seismometers and acquire multibeam sonar and sub‐bottom profile data in the Macquarie Island region.
  • Study discovers microplastics in New Zealand’s seabed

    Media release
    A pilot study carried out by NIWA and the University of Auckland has found microplastics in samples collected from the seafloor in the Marlborough Sounds.
  • Lost scientific buoy recovered from Kāpiti seafloor

    News article
    Researchers have recovered a scientific buoy from the Kāpiti Marine Reserve that went missing in late March.
  • 2021 - Hikurangi margin

    Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle helping scientists collect the latest earthquake data.
  • Iceberg in the Ross Sea.

    2021 - Antarctic Voyage

    RV Tangaroa undertook a 45-day voyage to the Southern Ocean and Ross Sea in January-February, 2021.
  • NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

    Media release
    NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa leaves soon on a six-week voyage to Antarctica, making it one of the few full scientific expeditions to the continent since the global outbreak of COVID-19.
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    2020 - Subantarctic survey

    This month-long fisheries trawl survey on the RV Tangaroa, aims to estimate the relative abundance of hoki, hake, ling and other middle depth fish species in the Southland and subantarctic areas.
  • A multi-coring device used to take seabed samples in Kaikōura Canyon is brought back aboard NIWA research vessel Tangaroa. 

    2020 - Kaikōura canyons

    The 2020 voyage provided an opportunity to progress ongoing studies into the ecological and sedimentological impact and recovery following the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake.
  • 2020 - Argo floats deployment

    The crew of NIWA research vessel Kaharoa spent 75 nights at sea.
  • 2020 - Snapper survey

    Scientists are conducting snapper research off North Island’s west coast.