New Zealand Geographic Board launches new Gazetteer

9 March 2018

The New Zealand Geographic Board has made significant enhancements to the presentation, search ability and coverage of the New Zealand Gazetteer – the official record of place names in New Zealand.

“The Gazetteer is the government’s authoritative source of information on our place names, including their location, their history and whether they’ve been made official, says Board Secretary Wendy Shaw.

“Two new base maps in the new Gazetteer, covering the Board’s entire naming jurisdiction, make it easier for people to find places and learn about the history of the name,” says Wendy.

The NZ Colour basemap from the LINZ Tile Service shows New Zealand, its offshore islands, and undersea to the edge of the continental shelf.

The Topo basemap combines all LINZ Topographic maps from the LINZ Data Service, including Antarctica.

Other improvements include:

  • better search functions with improved predictive-text, results for partial matches, and search filtering
  • the ability to turn on different layers – aerial imagery, labels, territorial boundaries and exclusive economic zone boundaries
  • geographic extent of many official place names, for example where the place name includes rivers, ranges, national parks
  • the full record of ‘events’ for each place name, ie legislation and gazette notices.

The Board encourages all New Zealanders to use the Gazetteer to learn more about our place names.

The online Gazetteer can be found at

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