NZ's Oil and Gas Fields

Oil (green) and Gas (red) production fields in the Taranaki Basin. Image from Petroleum Basin Explorer, GNS Science.

Oil (green) and Gas (red) production fields in the Taranaki Basin. Image from Petroleum Basin Explorer, GNS Science.

Oil and gas production currently only occurs from fields in the Taranaki Basin. In addition, there is ongoing exploration for oil and gas in Northland, East Coast, Canterbury Basin and also the Great South Basin.

One of the recent discoveries is the Pohokura Gas field, discovered in 2000 and currently the largest gas field, just 4 km offshore at a depth of 3,480 m below the sea.