The Defence Force will practise responding to disasters such as tsunamis and cyclones as part of the world's largest international maritime exercise next week.
An Air Force Boeing will leave New Zealand on Monday and HMNZS Canterbury is already on its way to the Exercise Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC.
More than 40 ships and submarines, and 200 aircraft, from 23 countries will take part in the exercise, held biennially in Hawaii.
Defence Force spokesperson Captain Garin Golding said about 250 personnel from this country will take part.
He said training exercises will include scenarios for conflict, and providing relief for disasters such as tsunamis and cyclones.