Gas in New Zealand

Recoverable reserves23.8Mtoe

Production3.78Mtoe per year

Production ratio6years

Currently, all gas production in New Zealand takes place in the Taranaki basin. Early stage exploration is currently underway in the Canterbury, Great South, Northland, Deepwater Taranaki and Raukumara basins. The MED’s Energy Outlook 2010 Reference Scenario predicts that by 2030 around one third of New Zealand’s gas production will come from these frontier Basins.

The largest users of gas in New Zealand are Contact Energy and Genesis Energy for electricity generation. Electricity generation accounts for approximately 35 % of annual gas Demand.In New Zealand, 90 per cent of natural gas production comes from two gas fields: Maui (offshore) is mined by the Maui Mining Companies; and Kapuni (onshore) is mined by Shell and Todd. The remainder of the country’s gas requirements come from a number of fields including the McKee, Kaimiro, Waihapa/Ngaere/Tariki/Ahuroa and Ngatoro fields.


Gas data represents natural gas only, for unconventional gas please refer country notes within the WER 2013 report gas chapter.