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NZ Heritage Maps Platform

SO [Survey Office]. Roll 2/115 Topo map South Westland. Arawata riverSO [Survey Office]. Roll 1/73 Timber Map WestlandCrown Grant Plans. Christchurch DistrictSO [Survey Office]. Part Roll 2/129 Old Nelson PlotsSO [Survey Office]. Part Roll 1/33 Town of HokitikaSO [Survey Office]. Native & Public Reserve in the town of NelsonPictonTimaru Roll. Sectional Surveys. Pareora, ArowhenuaBlack Map. Forks of Selwyn. Black Map. Oxford North CoastSO [Survey Office]. Roll 1/68 Middle HaastSO [Survey Office]. Roll 1/49 Geological map Stafford River to Gorge RiverWestport - KawatiriMagnetic Plan. Ottley Fells run, Clarence R.DBlack Map. Ferrymead (Estuary) . [sections of map missing due to rips]Black Map. Selwyn North.

 

Welcome

This site has been provided by NZ Micrographic Services to make available to the public the high resolution images of (very) large format maps created during the early european settlement and exploration of New Zealand.  

Early New Zealand maps (mahere rangahau) were draughted by (prominent) surveyors in the mid-19th century and are stored for LINZ at Archives NZ today.  These maps are extremely large – typically two meters deep and some more than 7 metres long - and extremely fragile due to deterioration over time.  The ability to enlarge and move around the map opened up a new way to learn and share.  

We have unlocked the footprints and settlements of our settler and Māori forebears into a virtual landscape for future generations to view and interact with.  Land Information NZ has made it possible for these delicate maps, that are held by Archives NZ on behalf of all New Zealanders, to be digitised by NZ Micrographic Services in high resolution for open access to all interested parties.

Feel free to browse the maps in this collection and to enjoy the detail in the maps.  Please contact us if you would like to download a high resolution image file.