Marine Gazetteer Placedetails

Status Proposed standard Proposed standard
Language Name Name source
EnglishWaiatoto Sea ChannelIHO-IOC GEBCO Gazetteer of Undersea Feature Names   
EnglishWaiatoto ChannelNew Zealand Gazetteer   
PlaceType Seachannel 
Latitude 42° 47' 41.8" S (-42.79494°)  
Longitude 165° 13' 11.7" E (165.21991°)  
Min. Lat 44° 23' 54.8" S (-44.3986°)  
Min. Long 162° 36' 23" E (162.6064°)  
Max. Lat 41° 48' 50.3" S (-41.814°)  
Max. Long 167° 20' 0.7" E (167.3335°)  
Source IHO-IOC GEBCO Gazetteer of Undersea Feature Names, available online at
Notes GEBCO: associated meeting, proposer and year of proposal (en): Associated meeting: SCUFN-27. Proposer: Mark Dyer, New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB); and Adam Greenland, New Zealand Hydrographic Office (LINZ). Year of proposal: 2014.     
GEBCO: discoverer and year of discovery (en): Discoverer: Various research vessels. Year of discovery: 1960. History: Named in association with the nearby Waiatoto Canyon with which the feature has geomorphological kinship. "Waiatoto" is a Maori word - "wai": water; "a": of; "toto": blood. Formerly, Haast Channel.    
Additional information (en): This feature is on the outer reaches of the complex beyond Milford Basin to the SW of the South Island of New Zealand. It continues north-westwards after merging with Moeraki Channel complex at around 43°30'S, 166°30'E in 4100 metres of water. The name first appeared on NIWA Miscellaneous chart ¿West Coast Canyons¿ in 2009. Maximum depth (m): 4100.    
Previous coordinates (en): Lat: -42.79494 ; Long: 165.21991 (update 2020-04-22)    
Part of  Tasman Sea (IHO Sea Area)  [view hierarchy]   
Edit history Last edited on 2020-05-08 00:45:32 by Lonneville Britt
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