Major upgrade for Walking Access Mapping System

The innovative mapping system, online at, is designed to help New Zealanders and overseas visitors identify land in New Zealand over which the public has access. It displays topographical maps and aerial imagery of most of the country and includes an enquiry function that allows members of the public to submit their questions and issues direct to the Commission.

Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson said the enhancements, due to go live before the end of the year, would include an improved user-interface and a separate mobile-friendly version that would be accessible on smartphones and other mobile devices. The Commission would also open up the system to other public and private organisations that wanted to display their outdoor-related information to the public, he said.

“The mapping system will become a platform for organisations to display all kinds of useful information to people interested in getting out and about in the outdoors. Users will be able to sort the information to find many different points of interest, from walking and cycling tracks to fly fishing access points.â€