Recreational Map-users in New Zealand:
The Haves and the Have-nots

Pete McDonald.


In 2006 there were about fifty-three 1:50,000 or 1:75,000 topographic maps specially designed for walkers, trampers and other recreational map-users. To cover the whole of New Zealand with such maps would have taken about three hundred sheets. It was extremely unlikely that the Department of Conservation and commercial firms would produce recreational maps to cover the whole country. To fill the information gaps, it was possible that the then proposed government access agency might itself produce a national public-access map series.

This paper argued that we already had a state mapping body, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), and that the government ought to adjust LINZ's mandate to require it to design and produce this public-access mapping. In particular, it suggested that LINZ should design its planned new series of paper 1:50,000 topographic maps to meet the needs of walkers.

August 2006.

Recreational Map-users in New Zealand: The Haves and the Have-nots (300 KB, twenty-one A4 pages).


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The Department of Lands and Survey published its first 1:50,000 topographic sheet in the NZMS 260 series in 1977 (sheet T12, Thames). Land Information New Zealand is now designing a new series of paper 1:50,000 maps, to be called NZTopo50.