About The New Zealand Open GPS Maps Project
Synopsis: Free street and road maps of New Zealand for Garmin mapping GPS. The street maps cover the whole of New Zealand with just about every road and street named in the country (except the Chatham Islands). These maps are free - do not pay for them - there are scumbag Ebay traders who sell them - they are ripping off our community by making money off our hard work.
From fugly Garmin world basemap
To a proper coastline
With some good detail
Streets with lakes and rivers
|Detail from the Waikato Region Touring Map showing the mythical Wardville.||Detail from the Auckland Region Street Map showing 'Spaghetti Junction'||Detail from the Dunedin Region Street Map||Screen shot from a 60C - yes these maps work in colour as well :-) Thanks to Aaron for the colour shots.|
Download Legacy New Zealand Open GPS Maps Project IMG files (and yes - these map files are free!)
Note that these are the legacy versions - the autorouting maps are available hereNote that all the maps you intend to use must be uploaded at the same time, as any existing maps (excluding the basemaps held in ROM) are overwritten. All of the Basic map set takes up < 8mb of memory, so a full set of New Zealand maps can fit on a Garmin Legend without any problems. The Extended set is intended for Garmin GPS with more than 8mb of memory - these extended maps have the word 'Extended' in the title when you load them into SendMap / Img2GPS. Do not try to upload more maps than will fit in your GPS - it won't work and no maps will show.
|Basic and Extended Maps - Complete Download Set - MapSource Compatible||Last modified||File size|
|Basic and Extended Map Set for MapSource - a complete download set and installer. The use of a download manager is highly recomended!||13 July 06||7.3mb|
|Last modified||File size|
|NZ DOC huts locations||7 July 05||31kb|
|South Island coastline (4)|
are effectively a 3.0 release. Based
data and recompiled for faster screen re-drawing. The road and street
names have been abbreviated for clearer display - e.g. "Queen Street"
is now shown as "Queen St" which has really reduced on-screen clutter.
Huge thanks to Kim Ollivier from Ollivier
& Co for
help with these maps.
(3) The POI for huts may be inaccurate - the LINZ data may be out by many meters. Always obtain the latest information from DOC http://www.doc.govt.nz/explore/index.asp
(4) The South Island coastline has been kindly contributed by Gary (aka 'KiwiLegend' on the NZGPS Forums). This is a substantial piece of work - creating 'proper' ocean polygons is not a quick and easy process, but the end results are worthwhile.
Map Coverage to date:
All of NZ is complete with all roads and streets (Corax data) and recompiled for faster re-drawing.To Do:
Produce tourist orientated POI - underway
Recommended GPS setup NB: These are screens captured from a Legend - the settings shown should be similar and applicable to other Garmin models.
samples available here)
How are these maps produced?
I have used existing publicly accessible data to generate this project, and freely available software to generate the maps. I have just purchased a set of Corax data from 2001 (which is being sold for a very reasonable cost) to help speed this project. The licensing of this Corax data allows me to produce the same 'open source' maps as I have already produced using the slow LINZ website extraction.
I am currently evaluating GPSMapEdit and MapDekode. MapDekode is winning at this stage for speed and workflow. The software I used has some limitations - no indexed streets - which means you can't search for a street. The search for POI and searching near the map pointer does work however.
I have produced two quick tutorials on GPSMapEdit and GPSTrackmaker. I'm not an expert in either but have found my way around enough to create some maps with them. Click the links to go to the tutorials.
All roads and streets from Ollivier & Co. Corax
|GPSMapEdit (NB shareware) from www.geopainting.com||NZ State Highways from http://www.sdms.co.nz/|
|GPSTrackMaker from www.gpstm.com||NZ Coastline (rough version), lakes, rivers, basic place names from MAF Forestry Public Domain Export Files also http://www.ollivier.co.nz/atlas/atlasdata.html|
|MapDekode from http://www.gpstm.com/eng/dekode_eng.htm|
|cGPSMapper from http://cgpsmapper.com (free version used)||NZ Coastline (better version) currently Corax data, alternate: http://www.gisuser.co.nz/pages/download/download.asp|
|IMG2GPS (uploading tool) from http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mdipol/img2gps||NZ Place names (used for POI generation) LINZ from http://www.gisuser.co.nz/pages/download/download.asp|
|SendMap (uploading tool) from http://www.cgpsmapper.com/en/download.htm||LINZ NZGD2000 data (topographic, roads, streets, rivers etc) from http://www.nztopoonline.linz.govt.nz/website/nzgd2000topo/terms_cond.htm|
|XImage (GPS screen grabber snapshot tool from Garmin - what I used for the images on this page) http://www.garmin.com/support/agree.jsp?id=545||
New Zealand Recreational GPS Users Society website http://gps.org.nz/
|MapDekode usergroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mapdekode|
|GPS Map Authors usergroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/map_authors/|
New Zealand Open GPS Maps Project Legal Stuff
These NZ Open GPS maps are free software. Any distrubution of it must be for free and at cost of media, packaging and shipping only. No 'finders' or 'research' fee may be charged for this maps distribution. The content of this website (i.e. the pages and images) may not be copied / reproduced without my express permission.
These NZ Open GPS maps are distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
If you use these maps in any way (including any TradeMe GPS sellers who pre-load onto GPS units or provide the maps on CD along with the purchase of a GPS unit), please give "NZ Open GPS Maps Project" credit, and I'd also appreciate some feedback and which model of GPS you have so I can build up a list of hardware these maps work with: Contact
Now would be a good time to point out a few things: the data may not be 100% accurate. Don't blame me if you get lost! The normal navigation resources should be always used e.g. maps / charts / compass / local advise etc. The points of interest data is known to be slightly inaccurate as it was developed from points manually read from paper maps by LINZ...it is good enough for regional locations, just don't expect accuracy down to a couple of meters :-)
To access the 'source' of these maps:
All data used from LINZ can be used freely, but the copyright remains with the Crown. The following is on their website, and should be included with any maps distributed that are generated from their data:
New Zealand Geographic Place-Names Database LINZ's Conditions of use: In circumstances where this data or derivatives of this data have been used to generate information dissemination products such as maps, digital database products, internet databases, gazetteer books or similar, a clear and prominent reference should be made to Land Information New Zealand as the source of the data. If the data has been downloaded and translated or imported into another format or computer program Land Information New Zealand will not be responsible for any problems arising from the use of the data. The spelling or composition of the place names must not be altered unless the change is made to keep the name in line with a New Zealand Geographic Board decision or to correct a known error as detailed by Land Information New Zealand. This data may be freely distributed provided that these conditions are distributed with the data and adhered to by all recipients.
All topographic data featured in NZTopoOnline is subject to Crown copyright protection or is licenced to the Crown (DEM data used for hill shading is supplied under licence by GeographX Ltd). You may use, copy and distribute the information extracted from NZTopoOnline in any format or media without charge. However where the data is distributed to a third party, the source, date of extract and copyright of the Crown must be acknowledged eg (NZTopoOnline, extracted July 2002, Crown Copyright Reserved).
Q: Are the maps you have produced free? Whats the
A: Yes they are free, and you are welcome to open them up and edit them etc. I'd like to see a whole series of NZ maps made available online with local interest data. As for a catch, there is no catch. I contribute to open source projects where I can and this is my current project. The Corax data I purchased did cost me money, but I bought it with the intent of using it for this project and making my GPS maps freely available online.
Q: Why are you doing this?
A: Because I like to do stuff... Actually I need to have an after hours distraction from work to keep my mind busy. I'm a Replenishment Analyst (Retail Supply Chain) during the day so it's nice to think about something else at night rather than work stuff...
Q: What Garmin GPS models do these maps work with?
A: All Garmin mapping GPS should work ok with these maps (providing Img2gps | Sendmap and / or MapSource can be used). The Nuvi 350 is not compatable with MapSource. Models that I have had specific 'successful' feedback on include:
|Aviation Mapping||96, 96c, 296c (via datacard)||
|Etrex Mapping||Legend, Vista, Legend C, Vista C||
|60 Series Mapping||GPSMap 60, 60C, 60CS||
|70 Series Mapping||GPSMap 76, 76S, 76C, 76CS||
3200, iQue 3600, iQue M5
EMap, III+ (III+ limited to 1.4mb), V
|Chart Plotter||172C (via datacard), 276C||
Q: Can the POI
interest) files be loaded onto a Garmin Venture / Garmin 72 / Garmin 76?
A: Yes - I understand they can take POI files - but please note these models are not capable of displaying any maps except POI.
Q: Can your maps be loaded using Garmin's MapSource software?
A: Yes. Thanks to some donated software I've got the maps working with MapSource. See here for detailed step by step instructions for installing the maps into MapSource using the installer (there is no real user interaction required)
Q: Where can I get Topo maps for my Garmin GPS?
A: There are some available - see here or contact KiwiLegend (Gary) on the NZ GPS Forums for details and cost. I have a set of these and they are very good.
Q: What about
A: Yes! Check the forums for details as they develop and grow.
Q: Will these
maps work with my Japanese import's GPS system?
A: Nope, these are intended to work on Garmin GPS hardware only.
What can I use to analyse data from my GPS - like tracks etc?
A: I recommend and use GPSTrackMaker - not only does it make maps, it can download tracks, routes and waypoints that you have created on your GPS, and save them to files. Another program worth a look is EasyGPS for working with waypoints, and G7toWin which can handle tracks, routes and waypoints - but no graphics.
Do these maps work in colour?
A: Yes, though most of the screen shots on this page are from a Garmin Legend (which has a grey-scale display)
Can these maps be used with a
A: Yes, some people do use them on the pocket PC platform. It requires the paid version of Pocket Map Viewer - see this thread and this site. Please note that I do not provide any support for PMV. I don't have a pocket PC or PMV so I can't answer any questions either.
Can these maps be used with
A: Yes - they need to be converted first. Use GPSMapEdit and load an img file. Once the img file is loaded, press '0' to force the display of all levels. Zoom in until you have a good level of detail to export. Follow the menu path File | Export | OziExplorer File. Select the 'Set whole map' button and confirm the file name and directory for the export. You will need quite a bit of video memory to do the export. The resulting .map and .bmp should be able to be opened with Ozi.
How do I upload the maps to
Step by step instructions for installing and loading these maps with MapSource
Step by step
instructions for loading these maps with SendMap
I welcome email and feedback etc, however, please read the FAQ first as your questions may have already been answered - the most common questions I get are from people having issues installing the maps onto their PC and uploading them to their GPS. Please contact me via the forums as your question may be able to be answered by the group.
Best mountain bike website on the planet
|Uniquely New Zealand A privately compiled website on NZ tourism||New Zealand Recreational GPS Users Society website http://gps.org.nz/|
|Tony KiwiGPS (TradeMe seller 'Savages') has been a great help with Garmin Software and hardware - top bloke and great to deal with! TradeMe Link Business Link|
|GPSriders.net - Not NZ specific, but covers GPSRs and their use on motorcycles||Te ARAROA - The Long Pathway -Te Araroa Trust is establishing a New Zealand-long foot trail|
|Geoff's NZ 'places' in gpx format. Geoff has converted the LINZ data to WGS84 and split the nearly 60,000 waypoints into districts.||I got my Legend GPS from Karl (Logical Choice Electronics) on TradeMe - great trader.|
- outdoor tracklogs including NZ content. You can
download tracks in a couple of different formats including GPX. Great
idea - I hope this resource grows.
http://www.gpstravelmaps.com/ - GPSTravelMaps.com is exactly what the names says- GPS Travel Maps.
If you have ever taken a trip for a weekend or even longer and tried to use your GPS while there, you may have noticed that the base map is very limited in its detail. Buying the maps for that particular location is unrealistic since you will only be there for a short time and the prices are too high. We have a simple solution for you. Download one of ours and have local scale maps in your GPS to use while exploring the area. The perfect solution for all travelers with a mapping GPS!
- A small but passionate group of high-country recreationalists have
continued to use and derive great pleasure from these structures over
the years. This website aims to raise awareness about remote huts, and
coordinate the efforts of hut users to assist in the preservation of
There were over 60 huts or bivs from the Buller down to the Haast area intially proposed for minimal maintenance. This website, for practical reasons, limits its focus (with the potential of expanding) to around 40 structures in the Hokitika area, from the Taramakau catchment down to and including the Waitaha River in South Westland.
I've just come back from a road-trip / MTB trip in the South Island - some photos below. I've also done a write up of the trip on Vorb with many more pictures.
I have created a NZ mapset designed to be used with the freely available GPSTrackMaker for use on PCs and Laptops. Click here for more info.
This is a side project that uses the same data as the NZ Open GPS Maps Project for Garmin. This side project grew out of an experiment and I thought people may find it useful - it's a vector mapset that is searchable for any named map feature. Using GPSTrackmaker on a laptop connected to just about any GPS - real time GPS navigation is possible! It's also great just for using as an atlas of NZ!