Topo50 Maps

The Topo50 map series provides topographic mapping for the New Zealand mainland and Chatham Islands at 1:50,000 scale and replaces the NZMS260 series.

Topo50 is the official topographic map series used by New Zealand emergency services.

Topo50 maps use the New Zealand Geodetic Datum 2000 (NZGD2000) and the New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000 (NZTM2000) projection. For the Chatham Islands map sheets, the Chatham Islands Transverse Mercator 2000 (CITM2000) projection is used.

Choose a map

Choose a map for the area you want at 1:50,000 or 1:250,000 scale. You can download maps as image files (TIFF and GeoTIFF formats) and data files (Shape and LSIFF formats), or locate retailers where you can purchase paper maps.

Topo50 Map Reading Guide

Information on Topo50 maps, how to read them, and how to navigate using a map can be found in the Topo50 Map Reading Guide (PDF 1.51MB).

Features of a Topo50 map

Find out about the features of a Topo50 map. more...

GPS & Topo50

Find out how to coordinate your GPS settings with the Topo50 map series. more...

Coordinate conversions

Access tools for converting between coordinates used on Topo50 maps and those used in the previous NZMS260 series. more...

Frequently asked questions

Including coordinate changes, differences between Topo50 and NZMS260 maps, and converting between NZMG and NZTM2000. more...

Digital images

Along with the paper-based Topo50 map series, digital images (TIFF, GeoTIFF) are also publicly available. more...

Sheet index, names & extents

View North Island and South Island map index diagrams, or a list of Topo50 sheet names and extents. more...

Update history

Access documents detailing the update history for Topo50 map sheets. more...

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