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The names of New Zealand places and features, such as mountains and rivers, as well as settlements and localities, reflect the culture and shared heritage of New Zealanders.

Knowing the correct names for places and their location is important for people in all manner of everyday communications and activities, for businesses and their transactions, and for emergency services in responding to incidents. Get help finding names.

New Zealand Gazetteer of Official Geographic Names

View and download the New Zealand Gazetteer of Official Geographic Names (the Gazetteer), a publication of the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB). The Gazetteer is an authoritative list of names for New Zealand features, places, offshore islands, Crown protected areas, as well as undersea and Antarctic names. more...

Find official names with macrons

Discover which official names have macrons - for example, Waimangō Point - and when to use them. more…

Find Antarctic names

Learn about the various international databases of Antarctic place names, including names assigned by different countries. more…

Find undersea feature names

Explore international databases of undersea feature names, including names assigned by different countries. more...

Find Māori names

Read about the use of Māori place names today, tips for researchers and how to find out more about the origins of Māori place names. more...

New Zealand Place Names Database (archived)

This database, previously known as the New Zealand Geographic Place Names database, is no longer available for searching and downloading as of 10 June 2013. Note that maintenance of the database ended on 31 October 2008. Because it was not maintained, it was not considered to be authoritative as the source of official geographic names defined by the New Zealand Geographic Board Act 2008. The NZGB’s online searchable Gazetteer supersedes it. Other topographic Geographic Names can be found in the LINZ Data Service.


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