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Soil map for the Upper Plains and Downs of Canterbury

  • Added 05 Oct 2010
  • Updated 16 Jun 2020

This database describes the soils of the pastoral and cropping land of Canterbury, from the Kowhai River in the north to the Rangitata River in the south, but not including Banks Peninsula. The original survey was mapped as a reconnaissance soil survey at 2 miles to the inch. These original soil boundaries have been very substantially revised and recompiled onto 1:50,000 scale topographic base by T.H. Webb in the 1990s and again in the 2000s.


1. Plains and Downs Soil Code Explanation (Excel) 11.5 KB xlsx
2. Soil Bureau Bulletin 14 - Soils of the Plains and Downs 17.6 MB pdf
3. Soil Bureau Bulletin 34 - Soils and Agriculture of part Paparua County 68.9 MB pdf
4. Plains and Downs - Readme (text) 1.14 KB txt
5. Plains and Downs Soil Map Legend (ArcGIS Layer file) 19.5 KB lyr


TagsCanterbury Plains, Christchurch, Soil, Downloadable Data, South Island, Canterbury, Soil survey
RegionsWaimakariri District, Selwyn District, Christchurch City, Ashburton District
MetadataISO 19115/19139, Dublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 48157
Data type Vector polygon
Feature count 2710
Attributes Series_1, Type, Depth_1, Texture_1, Phase_1, Slope_Cl_1, Soil_name, Code, Subgroup, Group, Order
Services Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), Atom Feed


Added5 Oct 2010
Last updated5 Oct 2010
Revisions 3 - Browse all revisions
Current revision Imported on Oct. 18, 2011 in NZGD49 / New Zealand Map Grid.
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