LINZ launches high resolution NZ base maps

By on 18 August, 2020

Lyttelton Harbour / Whakaraupō, Canterbury. Source: LINZ Basemaps.

Land Information New Zealand’s free new base maps offer resolution accurate to 5cm in urban areas.

The new base maps are released under open licenses, with authoritative data provided by the LINZ data service. The new layers cover mainland New Zealand, Chathams and other offshore islands with 10m satellite imagery, with resolution accurate to 5cm in some urban areas.

LINZ’s acting Chief Executive Kathy Mansell saidthe development of LINZ Basemaps is one of the ways LINZ is making data more accessible.

“LINZ Basemaps can be enjoyed by anyone interested in exploring New Zealand in exquisite detail – from teachers and schoolchildren to app developers or those planning holidays in our beautiful country,” she said.

“Its full potential is unlocked in the hands of geospatial information specialists and web developers who can add more data about our country over the basemap to create a story or message, or make decisions.”

Jonathan Ball, LINZ’s Open Data & Reuse Manager, said the new data products were developed to incorporate research and feedback from LINZ data customers.

“We designed LINZ Basemaps to meet the needs of as many customers as possible by delivering it via a range of APIs and projections including New Zealand’s own NZTM2000,” he said.

“We are committed to improving the design and features over time based on customer feedback and are currently planning a topographical map product to bring another level of functionality to LINZ Basemaps.”

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