We create and provide the authoritative national record of the country’s physical features – New Zealand’s topography. It’s an important part of building our common understanding of where is where. To do this we map both the built and the natural environment of New Zealand –the mountains, plains and rivers, and the roads and railways.
We produce Topo50 maps, at a scale of 1:50,000 and Topo250 maps, at a scale of 1:250,000. These cover New Zealand and its offshore islands, some Pacific islands and Antarctica's Ross Sea region. You can find and download these maps using our online Map Chooser or buy the printed versions from retailers.
We’ve also made the data that we use to create the maps available online through the LINZ Data Service. That’s where you can find aerial images and ortho photos – images that we have corrected to allow accurate to-scale measurement, just like a map.
It’s all information that helps us get around. It is especially vital for emergency response and we work with emergency services to ensure they have the information they need, when they need it. Our topographic data plays a significant role in defence planning and land management. Such a national record of the country’s physical features is also critical to help us understand our country and its assets, and for supporting economic development.