Antarctica & Pacific Regions

This section contains information on the role of LINZ in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica and the Pacific region.

Governing the territories and areas under New Zealand jurisdiction relies on having up-to-date and accurate information. LINZ supports New Zealand's role in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica and the Pacific region through its work in place naming, surveying, and providing maps and charts and geodetic information.

Maps & places

You can download topographic map images for the Cook, Niue and Tokelau Islands in the Pacific region at 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales.

Download a map image of the Antarctic Ross Sea region at 1:3 million scale.

New Zealand has jurisdictional responsibility for a number of offshore islands. Map images at 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales can be downloaded for the New Zealand offshore islands Auckland, Chatham, Antipodes, Campbell Island / Motu Ihupuku, Raoul, Snares Islands / Tini Heke and Bounty Islands.

LINZ supports and advises the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB), which is responsible for place-naming in New Zealand, including its offshore islands. The board's jurisdiction also extends to the Ross Sea region of Antartica. Find out more about Antarctic place names.

Charts & oceans

New Zealand's official digital maritime boundaries are created by LINZ.

We also produce the NZ202 - Chart Catalogue, which includes Pacific and Southern Ocean and Ross Dependency charts. As well as an index to charts by region, the catalogue has a numerical chart list, ocean sounding charts, general bathymetric chart of the oceans (GEBCO), and a record of chart corrections published in Notices to Mariners.

A lot of our work is in cooperation with other organisations around the world. LINZ is responsible for coordinating and issuing long-range navigational warnings to cover NAVAREA XIV in the Pacific region. Find out more about the NAVAREA XIV Coordinator.

LINZ was responsible for obtaining seabed data for New Zealand Continental Shelf Project to determine the furthermost extent of the continental shelf.

Geodetic information

LINZ maintains the Ross Sea Region Geodetic Datum 2000 (RSRGD2000), which was implemented in 2000 as the official geodetic datum for this Antarctic region.

Separate projections have been defined for the Antipodes, Auckland, Bounty, Campbell Island / Motu Ihupuku, Chatham, Kermadec, Raoul and Snares / Tini Heke Islands. Find out more about New Zealand's offshore island projections.

Spatial data covering New Zealand's continental shelf can be represented using the Continental Shelf Lambert Conformal 2000 projection.

Record of Understanding

Antarctica New Zealand / Land Information New Zealand's Record of Understanding - agreement to collaborate on key activities (PDF 830KB).

Last Updated: 27 July 2016