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LCDB v4.0 (Deprecated)

  • Added 27 Jun 2014
  • Updated 16 Jun 2020

The New Zealand Land Cover Database (LCDB) is a multi-temporal digital thematic map of land cover and land use. Land cover at each of four periods; summer 1996/97, summer 2001/02, summer 2008/09, and summer 20012/13, is both delineated and classified. The land cover classification evolved over the first three periods but compatibility has been maintained. The current version, LCDB v4 (and its predecessor LCDB v3), contains 33 classes. The classification used in LCDB v3 and v4 can be found in the document LCDB2-3CorrelationTable.pdf along with the correlation from the classification used in the earlier version (LCDB v2). This document is available as an attachment to this dataset in the LRIS portal (, and on the LCDB project site ( The LCDB was designed to be compatible in scale and accuracy with Land Information New Zealand’s 1:50,000 topographic database. The LCDB is intended for use in areas such as state of environmental monitoring, forest and shrub inventory, biodiversity assessment, trend analysis and infrastructure planning. LCDB v4.0 was released in June 2014 and includes non-temporal edits to the 1996/97, 2001/02, and 2008/09 time periods along with new mapping of change up to the summer 2012/13 period. A change layer, “LCDB v4.0 change” is available to indicate both non-temporal and temporal changes made between LCDB v3.3 and LVCDB v4.0, The non-temporal changes include error in earlier mapping. An “authority” attribute is also available in this layer acknowledging the source of the latest mapping of both non-temporal and temporal change. The Chatham Islands, which were available as part of LCDB-2 on a different map projection, have not yet been re-mapped in LCDB v3.0, v3.3, or v4.0.The data is referenced to the New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000 projection (NZTM2000) which uses the NZ Geodetic Datum 2000 (NZGD2000). Errors in the data due to misclassification (not changes since mapping) or poor delineation can be reported to Landcare Research for inclusion in the next release using the online feedback mechanisms in


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1. LCDB2 3CorrelationTable 19.5 KB docx
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 v4.0 cover class change summary 1996 2001 224 KB xlsx
6. LCDB v4.0 cover class change summary 2001 2008 234 KB xlsx
7. LCDB v4.0 cover class change summary 2008 2012 224 KB xlsx


Tagswetlands, Herbaceous freshwater vegetation, Downloadable Data, Indigenous forest, agriculture, Depleted grassland, Alpine Grass/Herbfield, Landslide, land use, forests, Environmental data, Permanent snow and ice, Vegetation cover, Short-rotation Cropland, Built-up Area (settlement), High producing exotic grassland, Urban parkland/open space, Gorse and/or broom, Broadleaved indigenous hardwoods, Matagouri or grey scrub, Forest - harvested, Low Producing Grassland, Herbaceous saline vegetation, Sand and gravel, Exotic forest, Lake or pond, New Zealand, River, Mixed exotic shrubland, 2008, Sub alpine shrubland, Deciduous hardwoods, 1996, Land Cover, Manuka and/or Kanuka, Flaxland, Estuarine open water, Transport infrastructure, Gravel and rock, Surface mines and dumps, 2001, Tall tussock grassland, Fernland, Orchard Vineyard & Other Perennial Crops, 2012, Mangrove
RegionsNew Zealand
MetadataISO 19115/19139, Dublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 48412
Data type Vector polygon
Feature count 479353
Attributes WET_CONTEX, Onshore, LCDB_UID, EditDate, EditAuthor, Class_1996, Class_2001, Class_2008, Class_2012, Name_1996, Name_2001, Name_2008, Name_2012
Services Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), Atom Feed


Added27 Jun 2014
Revisions 13 - Browse all revisions
Current revision Imported on June 27, 2014 in NZGD2000 / New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000. 740 geometries modified to be OGC compliant. Changelog.
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