Access nationally consistent high accuracy elevation data through the LINZ Data Service.

High accuracy elevation data

The LINZ National Elevation Programme provides LiDAR based elevation open data for much of New Zealand. This data provides significant value to both the public and private sectors for applications including land management, natural hazards, climate change, 3D visualisation, surveying, engineering, construction, communications, archaeology, etc.

Digital elevation models and point clouds are available in a nationally consistent format for the green areas in the image below. The solid orange areas will be available soon, and the cross hatched areas are planned or currently being surveyed. There is no National Elevation Programme LiDAR data available or planned for the white areas.

Visit the Elevation Aotearoa site for an interactive map showing LiDAR availability, use case examples, and other information on using LiDAR data.

Elevation Aotearoa


Access digital elevation models: LINZ Data Service

Access point clouds: OpenTopography


Seeking new data partnerships

Do you hold data that could be included to improve the national dataset? Are you planning new LiDAR data collection projects? If so, please contact us to discuss partnership opportunities to grow and refresh this national resource.

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LiDAR base specification

This specification provides a foundation for New Zealand public sector LiDAR procurements. It sets minimum standards to ensure that high quality LiDAR point cloud data and digital elevation models are suitable for inclusion in the Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) led National Elevation Programme to facilitate easier discovery and access through central data management. Data captured under this specification will contribute to the National Elevation Model consisting of a bare earth digital elevation model (DEM), a digital surface model (DSM), and the corresponding classified point cloud.

Last Updated: 4 April 2022