New Zealand Localities is a collection of GIS layers and auxiliary tables which includes a layer of suburbs (urban area) or localities (rural area) for all of New Zealand.

The dataset has been developed by the New Zealand Fire Service as part of a consortium of agencies to provide support for enhanced emergency response, postal addressing and property information. NZ Localities uses in-use geographical names and alias names, as well as names gazette by the New Zealand Geographic Board.

The consortium, which includes Quotable Value New Zealand (QV), New Zealand Post, LINZ and representatives from territorial authorities (TAs), meet regularly to provide updates and maintenance of the NZ Localities dataset, with quality control from changes provided and requested by the public and agencies. The consortium works closely with TAs to agree to changes and maintenance of the suburb boundary definitions and naming conventions.

NZ Localities are generally used when locating or describing addresses or locations in New Zealand.

At present the dataset covers the North and South islands and all islands offshore of these areas. Coverage includes named lakes and bays (both coastal and lake).


The New Zealand Localities dataset can be used to verify location information for anywhere in New Zealand, free of ambiguity or confusion. A NZ Locality area does not contain duplicate roads of the same name, nor duplicate address numbers along the same named road.

The geographic subdivisions in New Zealand Localities are also useful as building blocks for larger subdivisions such as cities and towns. Rural mail delivery town boundaries are also built using NZ Localities.

Emergency Services such as the New Zealand Police, St John Ambulance, and the New Zealand Fire Service require one single localities dataset that can be used:

  • in communication centres for location, verification, and dispatch
  • in each organisation for reporting, evaluation and planning, particularly for medium term deployment planning
  • as a common layer to be used when exchanging information with other agencies, and
  • to assist in the development of a common operating picture.

Responsible party

Manager Data and Spatial Intelligence, Information Communication and Technology Services (ICTS), New Zealand Fire Service. Contact dsi‑


Covers the New Zealand landmass, including the Chatham Islands.

Projected coordinate system: New Zealand Transverse Mercator (NZTM)

Bounding box (NZTM grid coordinates):

  • Top: 6223164
  • Left: 1089971
  • Right: 2470566
  • Bottom: 4747979


Geospatial files as esri Shape files, with auxiliary tables in Microsoft Excel.


ANZLIC (profile of ISO19115) compliant metadata is available at


  • AS/NZS ISO 19131:2008 Geographic Information – Data Product Specifications
  • AS/NZS ISO 19115.1:2015 Geographic information - Metadata - Part 1: Fundamentals
  • ANZLIC Metadata Profile Version 1.1 of AS/NZS ISO 19115:2003


Available free of charge. A signed licence agreement is required. Contact dsi‑


Distribution is via Dropbox to all licenced users.

Last Updated: 7 October 2015