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Historic Aerial Photos, Survey Footprints, CROWN (1936-2005)

  • Added 05 Sep 2011
  • Updated 05 Nov 2020

This layer has been provided to enable potential users to identify the coverage of photography for Mainland NZ flown on behalf of the Crown between 1936 and 2005. It shows the extent of each aerial survey undertaken. The Historic Aerial Photos, Photo Footprints (1936-2005) layer shows the extent of each photograph in the survey.

The physical Crown Aerial Film Archive is managed for LINZ by WSP New Zealand. Most Crown photographs have been scanned and are available digitally from LINZ upon request. See the Crown Aerial Film Archive historical imagery scanning project for direction on how to access the digitised photos. The photos are not downloadable from the LINZ Data Service.

The original data used to create this layer was compiled prior to 2000 and it is possible that some errors exist in the data fields. If you are aware of any inaccuracies, please contact LINZ at

Photos not yet digitised by be ordered from WSP NZ. You will need to provide the survey, run, and photo number (values in the ‘SURVEY’, 'RUN', and 'PHOTO_NO' attributes) covering your area of interest. WSP NZ will be able to provide information about the cost of providing images in various formats. Contact them at WSP Photo Sales.

The New Zealand Aerial Mapping photo archive has been aquired and added to the Crown Aerial Film Archive. These images will also become available from LINZ once digitised or may be ordered from WSP NZ. Historic Aerial Photos, Survey Footprints, NZAM (1939-2008) shows the extent of each survey undertaken.

There are a small number of images held in the Archive that have not been referenced in the LDS layers due to incomplete metadata. WSP NZ will be able to let you know if additional photographs are available in your area of interest.


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TagsAerial, New Zealand, Historic, Survey
RegionsNew Zealand
MetadataISO 19115/19139, Dublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 51000
Data type Vector multipolygon
Feature count 4066
Services Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), Atom Feed


Added5 Sep 2011
Revisions 17 - Browse all revisions
Current revision Imported on Oct. 18, 2011 in NZGD49 / New Zealand Map Grid.
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