About NZ Coast

NZ Coast is a collection of information and resources about the New Zealand coastal environment and related hazards.

Much of this information is delivered via digital maps and is nationally consistent.

The primary aim of NZ Coast is to give resource managers key information about the coast to inform decision-making. It also provides the public with educational information and resources, and aims to raise community awareness about coastal hazard issues. This web resource is continually under development and we welcome your questions, queries and feedback.

Funding and contributors

NZ Coast was developed as part of the "Reducing Impact of weather related hazards" programme and funded by FRST under contract C01X0401. It is currently part of the "Multi-hazard forecasting system" programme and "Forecasting coastal hazards" project funded by MSI (now MBIE) under contract CCO-109.

The Coastal Explorer tool is based on NIWA's Water Resources Explorer New Zealand (WRENZ), a web tool developed by Ude Shankar using FRST Capability Funding.

There have also been generous inputs in building the tools and database from regional council staff and local experts, university staff and consultants including: Auckland Regional Council, Environment Bay of Plenty, Environment Waikato, Gisborne District Council, Northland Regional Council, Otago Regional Council, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, University of Canterbury, University of Waikato and West Coast Regional Council.

Collaboration with the University of Sydney has contributed to the development of the classification of beach systems for New Zealand. The beach hazard and safety rating for New Zealand beaches has been developed in association with Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Dr Andrew Short of the University of Sydney.

Wharariki Beach. [NIWA]
Pohara Beach. [NIWA]
West Coast, South Island. [NIWA]
Manawapou Beach. [NIWA]