21 Nov 2009

Icebergs could reach NZ waters

9:06 am on 21 November 2009

There is more than a 50% chance that a collection of icebergs will make it to New Zealand, according to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

The group of icebergs was first spotted near Macquarie Island by Australian scientists two weeks ago, and has since been seen alongside the Auckland Islands.

NIWA oceanographer Mike Williams says there's a strong chance this cluster could reach Banks Peninsula, though it still needs to get the right winds.

Three years ago after another iceberg drifted near Banks Peninsula, leading to a boom in tourist flights off the Otago coast.