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 (see table below for estimated release dates), and the cross hatched areas are currently being surveyed.
New data availability
New LiDAR data sets are quality checked and edited prior to publication as consistent and authoritative data for public consumption. The table below provides estimates for when datasets will be accessible from the LINZ Data Service and OpenTopography for areas where the data collection is complete.
Marlborough North (PGF)
West Coast/Westport (PGF)
|Bay of Plenty Northwest (PGF)||Q3 2021|
Data collection in progress – availability estimates for specific areas will be provided as data collection is completed
Table last updated December 2020
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.