Tolaga Research is named after Tolaga Bay, which is located on the east coast of
New Zealand. New Zealand is the closest country to the International Dateline, and Tolaga Bay is
one of the first places in the world to see the new day. Tolaga Bay is located in a relatively
remote area in New Zealand which for many years could only be accessed by boat.
Sheep and cattle farmers in this region relied upon ships to transport their stock. Since Tolaga Bay has a shallow draft, it has a 660 meter warf extending into the harbor and towards the eastern sunrise.