Imagery & Orthophotos

National Imagery Coordination

Land information New Zealand has the role of Steward for Imagery, one of the fundamental data themes identified by the New Zealand Geospatial Office. As part of this role LINZ is developing a National Imagery Coordination Programme. more...

Imagery Available on a Creative Commons Licence

This register identifies the most recent aerial imagery that is available on a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand Licence. more...

Imagery Acquisition Register

This register identifies potential public sector imagery acquisition campaigns. more...

Specification relating to the acquisition of orthophotography

Provides a common set of specifications and guidance notes for the purchase of orthophotography by the New Zealand public sector, in support of the National Imagery Coordination effort. Download specification here.

Aerial photography

NOTE: The company which maintains the Crown aerial imagery library, New Zealand Aerial Mapping, went into liquidation on September 4, 2014, and as a result provision of products from the Library, and LINZ’s imagery scanning project is currently on hold. LINZ will continue the project, and we are currently looking at options to resume scanning as soon as possible. Please contact LINZ’s imagery team if you would like to be advised when scanning is resumed. 

From 1937 to 2005 LINZ and its predecessors, Lands & Survey and Department of Survey and Land Information (DOSLI), commissioned aerial photography for the Crown to use in mapping and database maintenance. With advances in satellite technology, aerial photography is no longer commissioned.

LINZ has made available via the LINZ Data Service:

  • Crown imagery archive photo extents, including aerial photography and orthophotos commissioned by Lands & Survey, DOSLI and LINZ.
  • LINZ Orthophotos commissioned between 1994 and 2006.

The Crown Aerial Film Negative Collection is now managed by New Zealand Aerial Mapping Limited.

Archives New Zealand also holds some Crown aerial photographs in Archway, its system for documenting government records.

LINZ’s historic imagery scanning project seeks to digitise the Crown aerial imagery archive in the interest of long term preservation, easier access, and better use of this valuable national resource.


KiwImage was an All of Government project to capture accurate, high resolution imagery of New Zealand and the Offshore Islands. KiwImage was purchased on an All of Government licence and is now available to all Government Agencies, Territorial & Regional Authorities, State Owned Enterprises (SOE), Emergency Services, Crown Research Institutes, and Universities. more...

LINZ orthophotos

Digital orthophotos, derived from aerial photography, show terrain at a constant scale. Image displacements caused by camera tilt and terrain relief are corrected.

LINZ publishes orthophotos of New Zealand from its archive. The New Zealand orthophotos shown are historical and no further orthophotos of New Zealand will be published.

Christchurch earthquake imagery

Access aerial imagery, captured on 24 February 2011, of the area affected by the earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011. more...

Antarctic orthophotos

LINZ also has some Antarctic orthophotos, obtained through satellite imagery, available for download. These were commissioned by LINZ as part of the production of map data for the Darwin Glacier region of the Ross Sea.

The refreshed LINZ website will be live on Monday 3 November.

You’ll still be able to access the same information, but you’ll notice a change in the design and layout of the site.

Read more about the changes.