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Historic Aerial Photos, Survey Footprints, NZAM (1939-2008)

  • Added 20 Dec 2017
  • Updated 19 Apr 2018

When New Zealand Aerial Mapping (NZAM) went into liquidation in September 2014, LINZ took ownership of their historic archive, and these photos are now available to the public.

This layer has been provided to enable potential users to identify the coverage of aerial photography for Mainland NZ flown by NZAM for private contract work between 1939 and 2008. These surveys compliment the Historic Aerial Photos, Survey Footprints, CROWN (1936-2005) layer which is currently being scanned.

If you are aware of any inaccuracies, please contact LINZ: or +64 4 4600110. The layer shows the approximate bounding box of each aerial survey undertaken.

How to Access Photos:
The Collection exists as photographic negatives which are not in digital form so the images are not downloadable.

The Collection is managed for LINZ by WSP Opus International. You can order images from the Collection from Opus NZ in a number of formats, including:

  • contact prints
  • enlargements
  • digital files
  • precision scans for photogrammetric production
  • orthophotos

You will need to tell Opus NZ the survey number (the value in the ‘survey’ attribute) covering your area of interest and the name of the survey.

Opus NZ will be able to provide information about the cost of providing images in the various formats. Contact them at: or 0800 680 690

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


Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

You may use this work for commercial purposes.

You must attribute the creator in your own works.


TagsNew Zealand
RegionsNew Zealand
MetadataISO 19115/19139, Dublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 92237
Data type Vector multipolygon
Feature count 4347
Primary key id
Attributes id, survey, survey_name, survey_date, neg_size, altitude, scale, copyright, stereo, photo_type, country, film, comments, lens,
Services Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), Atom Feed


Added20 Dec 2017
Revisions 15 - Browse all revisions
Current revision Imported on Dec. 20, 2017 in NZGD2000 / New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000.
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