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Sitting astride an active plate boundary and isolated from other countries by a vast ocean, New Zealand has a spectacular and dynamic landscape. Learn more about New Zealand's exciting geological environment by exploring these webpages, taking a virtual tour, watching exciting videos, playing interactive games, and browsing our photo galleries.

  • Earthquakes & Faults

    Explore the “Shaky Isles” – our fault lines, earthquakes and monitoring network.

  • Ice & snow

    Ice & Snow
    Wild, cold and remote environments, from NZ’s Southern Alps to Antarctica.

  • Volcanoes

    Get to know New Zealand’s volcanoes – locations, eruptions, and surveillance.

  • Fossil Energy
    New Zealand's oil, gas and coal resources - creation, location, exploration and processing.


    Study past tsunamis to understand how future tsunamis may be generated.

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    Geothermal Ecosystems
    Explore the life in NZ's extreme geothermal environments

  • Fossils

    Discover amazing time capsules that tell us about past life forms and environments.

  • Ocean floor

    Ocean Floor
    Join us on an expedition to Zealandia – the unseen land beneath the waves.

  • geothermal

    Earth Energy
    Find, extract and harness New Zealand's abundant geothermal resources.