By law, ships need to carry official charts and navigation publications needed for their voyage - this includes the Almanac, an annual publication that is updated fortnightly through our Notices to Mariners.
The New Zealand Nautical Almanac (NZ 204) is published annually by LINZ. It covers the period 1 July to 30 June and provides official information to aid safe navigation in New Zealand waters. It is produced by the New Zealand Hydrographic Authority as required by New Zealand's obligations under the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO).
The requirements for ships to carry chart and nautical publications, including the Almanac, are set out in Maritime Rules Part 25 Nautical Charts and Publications (pursuant to Section 36 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994).
Reproducing content from the Almanac
Information reproduced or reprinted from the Almanac is not equivalent to or a replacement for the Nautical Publications specified in Maritime Rules Part 25 Nautical Charts and Publications (pursuant to Section 36 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994).
All material in the New Zealand Nautical Almanac is Crown Copyright.
Updates to the Nautical Almanac
Notices to Mariners (NtMs) updates mariners fortnightly with critical navigational information, including official updates to the Almanac. The most common NtM corrections affecting the Almanac are amendments to the List of Lights.
The New Zealand Nautical Almanac 2020/21 Edition (NZ 204) is now available in hardcopy from chart retailers. The Almanac can also be downloaded from this website either as a Full Nautical Almanac or as a number of Nautical Almanac Extracts.
LINZ accepts no liability for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damages that result from any errors in the information, whether due to LINZ or a third party, or that arise from the use, or misuse, of the information available from this site.