PHOTO: Foxton would all but disappear as the Manawatu River rises. Climate Central.

A new interactive map shows how high sea levels could rise by the year 2050 – and the results are alarming.

Independent research group Climate Central published the map on Tuesday. It compares the data of predicted sea rise levels against known land elevations across the world.

In New Zealand, several towns and cities could be underwater in just 30 years’ time. 


The entirety of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter could succumb to the sea, as would areas of Parnell and Point Chevalier. 

Helensville would be no more, and Parakai would suffer too.

Large swathes of Mount Albert, the North Shore and Onehunga are all at risk of flooding as is the coastal areas of Mangere. 

Alarming new map shows the devastation rising sea levels could cause in New Zealand
Photo credit: Climate Central.