DOC is one of New Zealand’s leading organisations in geospatial technology. Geospatial data is location-based data, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a tool to manage, store, view and edit this data.
DOC has developed for public use, the following mapping tools to view and access DOC’s spatial data.
DOC Maps is a mapping application that displays information on:
- DOC land, activities and facilities
- general land classifications
- property and cadastral information
The standard viewer is accessible on all devices including desktop, tablet and mobile.
The advanced viewer with enhanced functionality is for desktop users. This requires a Microsoft Silverlight plugin. You may already have this installed.
DOC Maps: Discover the outdoors
“Discover the outdoors” shows DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres. It is designed for people planning their outdoor activities.
"Discover the outdoors" is accessible on all devices including desktop, tablet and mobile.
The DOC Geoportal website allows DOC’s spatial data to be shared externally with the general public. You can:
- Search for data layers and browse by content type
- View live data and map resources
- Download DOC data in many geospatial data formats, including .wfs, .kml, .nmf, .lyr for use in GIS and other applications. Download the technical guidelines (PDF, 148K) to find out how to obtain the data.
- View metadata
- Export images
Go to the “About” section of the Geoportal to find out more
Great Walks – New Zealand android application
The Great Walks application is an interactive guide to all nine of New Zealand's Great Walks that includes trip planning guides, highlights, annotated maps, elevation profiles, audio pronunciation guides, and bookings. Most features work offline - for example, your current location appears on a map during a walk by using GPS.
Collection and use of Geospatial data at DOC
One of the basic principles for data quality is to capture accurate data at source. DOC staff use GPS hand held devices to edit and update spatial information ‘on the go’.
GPS data is used for planning, delivering and reporting on DOC’s day-to-day work and supporting DOC management and operations. Examples of use include:
- Biodiversity monitoring
- Land management
- Pest control
- Weed control
- Historic and Archaeological
- Fire control
- Informing Treaty negotiations
Natural Resource GIS network group
The Department of Conservation facilitates a natural resources group geographic information systems (GIS) network with the aim of identifying common needs, improving coordination, and identifying opportunities for collaborative projects and community partnerships.
Find out what's happening with the natural resources group
Open source data: