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A quick reference online New Zealand topo-map

If you’re sitting in front of a computer right now (very likely) and just want to zoom around New Zealand’s topo maps, you could check out Gavin Harris’s New Zealand Topographic Map [1] website.

Gavin’s stitched together all of the current Topo50 maps from Land Information New Zealand, into a big giant topo map of New Zealand. It’s now available through a handy zoomable and scrollable web browser interface similar to a simplified Google Maps but instead with good topo maps of New Zealand. It’s very handy for quick reference of what’s in an area without having to pull out big paper maps, and it’s easy to send around links to specific areas on the map. For instance, here’s the area around the Holdsworth/Jumbo Loop [2] which is one of the most popular weekend tramps in the Tararuas.

Gavin’s website follows the LINZ removal of it’s NZ Topo Online service [3], which it no longer considered necessary now that it’s providing downloads of all its Topo maps in various static formats.

Update, 30th August: Coincidentally launched at about the same time, there’s now also another very similar service called NZ Topographic Maps [4] that’s just been made available, by Reuben Williams of Seagull Web Design. The latter service utilises Google Maps, and paints NZ Topographic maps over the top.

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#1 Comment By Amelia On 30 August, 2010 @ 9:00 am

THAT is going to be SO useful!
We have the entire country in topo-50 and 250 on the computer, but they are really slow to load and frustrating if you are searching for something that is near the edge of a map but you arent sure which one.
Thanks for the link, its saved to my browser and I’ll make sure I spread the word through my blog too 🙂

#2 Comment By Mike McGavin On 30 August, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

And as of the last few days, it turns out there’s now [4]! It seems as if they’ve both been developed independently. I’ve updated the text of this post.

[11] over at NZ Tramper has some ongoing discussion.

#3 Comment By Reuben On 6 October, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

For what it’s worth, you can also directly link to locations using lat long in the url on nztopomaps.com. As an example [12] or you can go one step further and include the zoom level, Google map layer map type and topomap layer transparency with [13]. This is a great way to see the landscape (forest cover etc) with the topomaps layer still visible.

I’ve put a video together to demonstrate how it works, [14]


#4 Comment By Mike McGavin On 8 October, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

Hi Reuben. Thanks for the update. It’s looking really sophisticated.

#5 Comment By janet lightner On 17 November, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

My daughter is hiking solo and needs some help. please advise