NZ Heritage Maps Platform
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. You are able to download a high resolution jpg or tiff version of the maps. For a copy of a full resolution tiff (that provides a 1:1 reproduction when printed at 300ppi), please contact us using the contact us form on this site - handling charges will apply.