Central Otago and northern Southland aeromagnetic survey

Publish date: 6 December 2018

NZP&M’s aeromagnetic survey project will start flights over central Otago and northern Southland from early December 2018.

Thomson Aviation is operating a helicopter over these areas to measure magnetic fields and natural radiation.

The aim of the survey is to get better insights into the mineral potential of these areas. The data gathered will be available free to industry and provide valuable information for potential investors.

The survey is part of an $8 million government investment in new data, which was announced in Budget 2014. Of this, $6 million was dedicated to these surveys.

This operation, which will continue until May 2019 depending on weather conditions, will complete the data acquisition project that began in the summer of 2015/16.

The data gathered may also but also provide insights on fault lines, information on aquifers and soils which can help local authorities make decisions on land use, environmental planning and engineering and construction projects.

For further information please refer to this fact sheet [PDF 382KB]. If you have any operational concerns please call Thomson Aviation on 021 269 6870


Aeromag survey area map showing the Queenstown and Wanaka area

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