Tsunami immediate evacuation

Information icon. If a tsunami warning is in effect, it will be posted on the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management website: www.civildefence.govt.nz and in the yellow box on the top right hand side of our website homepage

How to use the maps

How to use the tsunami evacuation zones map.

Tsunami Evacuation Zones map

Open a full version of the Tsunami Evacuation Zones map in our LocalMaps Gallery

Immediate evacuation

In the event that an immediate evacuation of tsunami zones is directed:

  • Move immediately to the nearest high ground, or as far inland as you can
  • Walk or bike where possible and drive only if essential. If driving, keep going once you are outside of evacuation zones to allow room for others
  • Remain there until an official all-clear message from Civil Defence
  • Stay up-to-date via radio, TV or social media
  • Share warning information with family, neighbours and friends in tsunami evacuation zones
  • Stay off beaches and shore areas and out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries – this includes boats)
  • Do not go sightseeing.

The first wave may not be the most significant – there may be multiple waves which continue for a number of hours.

Tsunami evacuation maps

For information on evacuation areas for Northland in the event of an Earthquake or a Tsunami warning, find your Tsunami evacuation map

We encourage you to:

  • Familiarise yourself with tsunami zones relevant to your home, workplace or holiday destination
  • Create and practice a household emergency plan - find information at:
  • Have a getaway kit or grab bag in case you need to leave in a hurry - find helpful resources at: