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

Elevation data captured as part of LINZ’s role in the coordination of national LiDAR is being made freely available through the LINZ Data Service as 1m Digital Elevation Models and the source point cloud data for the areas in green. Capture and supply of data from the orange areas is in progress and will be made available on the LINZ Data Service in the future.

Map representing elevation data coverage across New Zealand

PGF-LiDAR opportunity and new data capture partnerships

LINZ is interested in hearing from potential partners for new LiDAR data procurement. LINZ is managing the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) regional elevation data capture project on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Provincial Development Unit. The project provides co-funding of up to $19 million to help regions obtain a baseline elevation dataset. This data will deliver enormous practical value and multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries.

See the PGF-LiDAR page for more information.

We are also keen to discuss other opportunities that may contribute to the national dataset. To discuss future (non-PGF) project plans and potential partnerships, please email us at

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: 1 May 2020