Queenstown and Wanaka aeromagnetic surveys

Publish date: 5 January 2018

NZP&M’s aeromagnetic survey project will start flights over central Otago from early January 2018.

Thomson Aviation is flying survey aircraft 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.

Map of Queenstown and Wanaka showing the aeromagnetic survey area.
Queenstown and Wanaka aeromagnetic surveys 2018

The surveys are 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 and this operation, which is expected to last three summers, will complete the data acquisition project that began in the summer of 2015/16.

The data gathered may 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, keep an eye out for updates on this page. If you have any operational concerns please call Thomson Aviation on 021 269 6870

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