Our New Zealand raster basemaps offer an aesthetically pleasing, realistic-looking representation of vegetation, landforms and topographic detail.
We have developed seamless nation-wide coverage at pixel resolutions down to 4 metres.
The basemaps are designed for use in GIS and geoportals where they function as a reference framework and provide context. No legends are required because the content is presented in a familial way and is intuitively recognised.
Mapmakers can use the basemaps as a canvas on which to draw artwork or overlay thematic detail. We use them ourselves in this way.
The basemaps are also designed for draping over terrain and visualisation in static and dynamic 3D environments.
At smaller mapscales our basemaps will outperform orthophotography. They are guaranteed free from cloud, unwanted transient objects and clutter. There is no reflected glare from snow/water surfaces, no unintended variation in colour toning or saturation. Hill shading is guaranteed to be consistent in depth and direction.
The map content is derived from multiple sources, with topographic detail drawn primarily from the Land Information NZ Topo50, landcover from the Landcare LCDB, and relief shading derived from the Geographx 8m terrain. Up to 100 feature types may be represented, depending on location and configuration. While the focus is on physical landscapes, the standard version of the basemaps contains some cultural content, including urban/industrial areas and the roading/rail networks. The basemaps do not include placenames or type labels.
Maintenance and updating is undertaken as and when warranted. Both content and appearance can be customised on request.
We invite enquiries as to basemap availabilty, pricing and conditions of use.
Please use the email contact link at the bottom of this page.