NZ Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the changeover is taking place on Thursday and the returning crew should be back in Auckland just after midnight.
“They have done a thoroughly professional job,” Dr Coleman said.
“The crew has flown a total of 105 hours, completed 36 hours on search, and have covered a search area which is more than one and a half times the size of New Zealand.”
Dr Coleman said New Zealand remains committed to supporting the Australian-led search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean for flight MH370.
The new crew will be ready to begin searching on Friday.