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  • Added 18 Oct 2013
  • Updated 16 Jun 2020


The New Zealand Land Cover Database (LCDB) is a thematic classification of land cover. The current version LCDB3.3 contains 33 classes designed to be compatible with earlier LCDB versions. The polygon features contain a code and boundary representing the land cover type at each of three periods; summer 1996/97, summer 2001/02, and summer 2008/09. The data set was designed to be compatible in scale and accuracy with Land Information New Zealand’s 1:50,000 topographic database. LCDB is intended to be used in areas such as state of environmental monitoring, forest and shrubland inventory, biodiversity assessment, trend analysis and infrastructure planning. The list of classes used in LCDB3.3 can be found in the document LCDB2-3 CorrelationTable.pdf along with the mapping from the class set used in the previous version (LCDB2). This document is available as an attachment to this dataset in the LRIS portal ( and on the LCDB project site ( LCDB3.3 was released in August 2013 and includes corrections to all time steps 1997/97, 2001/02 and 2008/09. In particular, it incorporates edits arising from user feedback, a review of improvements to low producing grasslands in the South Island, updates to croplands from Kyoto Land Use mapping, and corrections to the dating of land cover change mapped in LCDB3.0. “EditAuthority” and "EditDate" attributes are maintained in this layer to indicate the source of the change for both non-temporal and temporal changes mapped.The Chatham Islands, which were available as part of LCDB-2 on a different map projection, have not yet been re-mapped as part of LCDB3.


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1. LCDB 2-3 Correlation Table 126 KB pdf
2. SPOT5 Ortho Final Report (26 July 2009) 3.09 MB pdf
3. Illustrated Classes LCDB2 14.1 MB pdf
4. LCDB v3 Land Cover Legend 21.0 KB lyr
5. Lcdb v33 cover class change summary 208 KB xlsx


Tagswetlands, LCDB3, Transport infrastructure, Downloadable Data, Surface mines and dumps, Orchard vineyard and other perennial crops, Depleted grassland, River, Herbaceous freshwater vegetation, Permanent snow and ice, Vegetation, Indigenous forest, LCDB3.3, High producing exotic grassland, Urban parkland/open space, Gorse and/or broom, Matagouri or grey scrub, Forest - harvested, Herbaceous saline vegetation, Broadleaved indigenous hardwoods, Exotic forest, Lake or pond, Landslide, Mixed exotic shrubland, Sub alpine shrubland, Estuarine open water, Land Cover, Manuka and/or Kanuka, Flaxland, Built-up area, Gravel and rock, Alpine grassland/herbfield, Low producing exotic grassland, LCSB, Short-rotation crop, Tall tussock grassland, Fernland, Sand and gravel, Deciduous hardwoods, Mangrove
RegionsNew Zealand
MetadataISO 19115/19139, Dublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 48401
Data type Vector polygon
Feature count 452868
Attributes WET_CONTEX, Onshore, EditDate, LCDB_UID, EditAuthor, Class_1996, Class_2001, Class_2008, Name_1996, Name_2001, Name_2008
Services Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), Atom Feed


Added18 Oct 2013
Last updated24 Oct 2013
Revisions 8 - Browse all revisions
Current revision Imported on Oct. 24, 2013 in NZGD2000 / New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000. 784 geometries modified to be OGC compliant. Changelog.
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