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 orange areas are in progress, and the cross hatched areas are large regional scale projects enabled through the Provincial Growth Fund.


Map of New Zealand showing LiDAR coverage as at July 2020

Access digital elevation models: LINZ Data Service

Access point clouds: OpenTopography

Provincial Growth Fund

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: 24 August 2020