New Zealand Topographic Map

Land Information of New Zealand has made available a great set of 1:50,000 scale Topographic Maps available online. I downloaded all 455 of the maps covering the main island of New Zealand and converted them to a seamless Google Earth overlay.

The maps show roads, placenames, contour lines, elevations points, etc, and make a great tool for planning hiking trips and other outdoor adventures.  Since they are Google Earth overlays, you can also adjust the transparency of the topographic maps to compare the maps with the underlying imagery available from Google Earth.  You can also see the names of features from Google Earth on the maps.

There are two versions of the topographic map overlay available.  The free version is designed to be used online and has highly compressed images to allow for faster loading.  The Pro Version is designed to run from your local computer, does not require an internet connection, and has much higher image quality.

The Pro Version is almost 9 gigabytes.  Make sure you have enough space on your computer and a high speed internet connection before purchasing.

Free Version Pro Version
Internet required No internet required
Lossy compression No image compression
Reduced resolution Same resolution as source
Free $30
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Free Version

Pro Version

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The original GeoTIFF files can be downloaded (very slowly) from LINZ.

The maps are Sourced from LINZ and Topo50. Crown Copyright reserved.

 

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12 comments to New Zealand Topographic Map

  • [...] Street Views, USA Matt Fox at Google Earth Library has just created a very impressive topographic map overlay for New Zealand. The imagery is lined up perfectly, and amazingly [...]

  • Budd

    This is tremendous work. I take it that it’s impossible to separate the overlay out into distinct layers? E.g., Retain just State Highways and native forest, etc.

    • topomatt

      Correct, it is not possible to separate out the different layers with the way I have it set up. Although I think much of that data is also available as vectors. It would be possible to bring the vector data into google earth, but I have no plans to do that.

  • Ross

    Good work!
    As I already have most of the geotiffs myself – actually converted to .ecw & .tab files (for MapInfo Pro),
    could I easily set this up to grab the images from my own computer instead? Perhaps by using file:/// instead of http:// inside the KML files?

    • topomatt

      To display in Google Earth, they must first be cut into smaller tiles. For example, there are about 48,000 tiles for this particular map overlay. Does it load slowly?? I might be able to change some of the code around to get them to load more efficiently, especially when you first load them.

  • [...] Fox at Google Earth Library has just created a very impressive topographic map overlay for New Zealand. The imagery is lined up perfectly, and amazingly [...]

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  • This is a fantastic resource, it must’ve taken a lot of work. Is it possible to split the overlay into smaller files, say South Island and North Island for example, to make the downloads a bit smaller?

    Cheers,
    Kev

  • James

    Absolutely fantastic! Many thanks. This is invaluable for planning climbing/tramping trips – being able to swap between and satellite and contours is great to help visualise the terrain. Extremely useful for SAR as well.
    Any chance of putting the Topo250 series on as well? Either as a separate layer, or combined with the Topo50 layer and displayed map series depending on zoom level.
    Thanks for your hard work!

  • David Booth

    Had great success with the Topo overlay, (thanks for the great work in preparing the maps), but now it refuses to work. What happened? I get several versions of NZ Topo Map on Places” and in “Temporary Places” but none seem to display a topo overlay?

  • Zane Boulder

    It’s very slow from where I’m at (I have a good quality DSL connection in Boulder, CO, that is quite usable with GE satellite images). At first your demo appeared not to work but after waiting for several minutes, it finally came to life after I zoomed in on a very small area (a few square miles). However, after zooming out to a broader area, it stopped working. It seems excruciatingly slower than GE is for satellite images of the same area (Lake Wanaka).

    I’d gladly pay $100 USD for a couple of DVDs that contain overlays I could install on my hard drive so I could browse any area of NZ without having to wait for minutes. Oh, and maybe you could work on making the retrieval go faster as you hinted at.

    Sorry about the speed issue. The server that the NZ maps are on is in the middle of a 60+ gigabyte upload that will take a several more days to complete, so I think that is probably causing problems right now. Due to tax reasons, I’m only able to sell digital downloads and would be looking at a 10 gigabyte download for the NZ maps so not sure how practical that would be to download.

    But….thanks for reminding me about this problem. A couple things. 1) I just made a small tweak that should help significantly, so please let me know if they are loading any better. Note that you should right click on the layer and select “refresh” to see the improvement. Keep in mind that the batch upload is still going on right now so will probably still be slower than normal for a few more days, but you should still see some improvement now.

    Also, I’m going to try recompiling the maps using a different method, but I’m not sure yet if that will work or not due to the enormous size of this overlay.

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