Current and historical topographic maps (topomaps) of New Zealand

The site hosts 'the latest maps' as of the last day of each decade from 1949 to 2009. Available map series are:

  • 1959 NZMS1 1:63360 (1 inch)
  • 1969 NZMS1 1:63360 (1 inch)
  • 1979 NZMS1 1:63360 (1 inch)
  • 1989 NZMS1/NZMS260 transition
  • 1999 NZMS260 1:50000
  • 2009 Topo50 1:50000

Work on 1949 (early NZMS1 1st editions) has yet to commence. Once map generation is completed, improving the web interface is the next goal.

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"This work is based on/includes LINZ’s data which are licensed by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence." - See more at:

Historical maps were scanned by Auckland Univeristy, and thay also georeferenced most of the post 1960s maps. Other maps were georeferenced here at mapspast, so contact us first for any errors you find.