The Tangaroa Research Institute for Oceanographic Studies (TriOceans), is a marine research institute based in the Bay of Islands. We are a collective of experienced marine researchers and educators working to inspire the conservation of our local marine environment through research, education and community engagement.

From on the water data collection to analysis back at headquarters, TriOceans offers a full package of marine scientific studies! Check out our website at and follow us on social media to learn all about our team and the mahi we do! Visit or Instagram @trioceansnz.

About Our Team:

Our background in marine mammal science has led to a strong focus on abundance, behaviour, and acoustics of local whales and dolphins. Our experienced marine educators deliver engaging STEM and inquiry-based programing for all ages, on a wide range of marine science and conservation topics.  We also work alongside local hapū collaborators, which allows us the opportunity to weave mātauranga Māori into our work and educational programming.

Our Research:

After 10 years of marine research in Far North waters, the TriOceans team is fully equipped with a commercial vessel and the latest gear and software to produce high quality scientific studies. By working with iwi and conservation management agencies, we ensure our results are used to implement long-term conservation plans for the species who need it the most. To learn more about our research, please visit

Our Outreach:

Through our education programs and internship opportunities we are able to support and inspire students of all ages to connect deeper with te moana. We offer a range of opportunities from school outreaches to university-level internships. Visit to learn more or contact to inquire about an outreach program today!

Our current initiative is the Marine Kaitiaki Course, where local rangatahi are given the opportunity to learn and upskill in their pursuit of a marine conservation career. Through this fully funded 6-month course, students work with local kaitiaki, researchers, educators, tourism operators and industry professionals to kick-start their marine conservation careers.

To learn more about this program or inquire about future courses, please visit