IntroductionGet the right map for your trip. Find out what maps are available and where to buy them so you can adequately plan for your trip.
Discover the outdoors is DOC's mapping tool for recreation activities including walking and camping. You'll find the same map embedded throughout the recreation pages of our website.
See other maps and geospatial services for more about conservation land and waters that DOC manages.
Get the right map for your trip
You can get lots of different types of maps for visits to conservation areas.
Short walks and rides: Use the maps in recreation brochures.
Longer day walks and overnight adventures: Carry and use detailed topographic maps. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) produces 1:50,000 scale topographic maps for the whole of New Zealand.
LINZ maps and souvenir planning maps are available from DOC visitor centres nationwide.
Topo50 maps replaced NZMS260 series
In 2009 Topo50 maps replaced LINZ’s 1:50,000 scale NZMS260 series.
The Top50 map series use the New Zealand Geodetic Datum 2000 (NZGD2000) and the New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000 (NZTM2000) projection.
This means that the grid co-ordinates (known as eastings and northings) will be different from those on the older NZMS260 maps.
Topo50 and GPS
People using hand-held GPS will need to coordinate their GPS units with Topo50.
Changing Garmin GPS units from NZMG to NZTM factsheet (PDF, 360K)
For more information on the New Zealand Geodetic Datum 2000 (NZGD2000) and the New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000 (NZTM2000) projection visit the LINZ website.