Me and my girlfriend will go there in January and we plan on hiking for a week or so. Unfortunately there are no maps or books available for NZ hiking in my area. Could you recommend some for me?

Also I started using a GPS recently so the maps can be in any form (digital or paper), but I'd prefer to have a paper version as well.

We're looking at Rees Dart, but we're opened to any recommendations you might give us.

  • topomap.co.nz should get you started as far as maps go. Wherever you go, popping into a hunting / fishing store or similar you'll pick maps up easy enough when you arrive.
    – Sirex
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 19:17
  • Yeah, I know about that site. See comments below. Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 21:24

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Omnimap seem to have all 1:50k maps with a delivery time of around two weeks. However, Omnimap are quite expensive (US$ 16.95 per sheet). By comparison, MapWorld New Zealand charges NZ$ 7.90 (US$ 6.50) per map.

Land Information New Zealand have a (probably incomplete) list of international resellers. This list includes Omnimap. Probably some of the domestic resellers also sell to foreign customers, so they might be your best bet.

  • Funny how they have one reseller for Great Britain and one for England ;)
    – gerrit
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 16:32
  • Thank you for the info, didn't know about omni until now. A friend also recommended I plan with these online topographical maps and then buy the paper ones when I'm there. He said they're really easy to find locally. Now all I need is to decide on a hike. Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 18:27
  • It's good to have local info as to how easy maps are to find locally. In my experience, that varies widely by country: from every kiosk in Switzerland, to well-stocked bookstores in Norway, to well-hidden hunting stores in Spain. When in doubt, it's safest to buy online in advance, no matter how beneficial it is to support the local economy by buying locally.
    – gerrit
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 20:06
  • I think I'll be okay as I'll be attending a conference there before hiking. So I'll have 10 days to walk around and hunt for maps. But I'll keep that in mind, thanks. Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 0:31
  • What kind of organisation would organise a conference in New Zealand :O usually they try to find places that are relatively easy to reach...
    – gerrit
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 8:33

I am from New Zealand and I tend to agree with the topomap service. Another great resource is the Department of Conservation Website http://www.doc.govt.nz Happy Hiking

  • Welcome to The Great Outdoors S.E. Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:41

I'm a kiwi too (a director of Hiking New Zealand.com) We do remote guided small group trips around NZ. Some of us are starting to play around with digital map solutions. A good one I found is BackCountryNavigator PRO. It cost a few bucks but is excellent. You can download maps for when you are out of Internet range and your GPS works on it. Don't use Google Maps or Apple Maps for wilderness info -- tracks etc are unreliably marked or out-of-date. excellent otherwise tho

With this tool you can do all your research at home and just buy the odd map as a back-up or for the more full on trips where you really can't afford a smart phone 'incident'. Good luck and enjoy our wonderful back-country. If you want take a look at our web site - we have a few hiking tips and ideas there too.

Reece dart is nice, plenty of other options, try and stay away from the crowded great walks huts if you are looking for solitude :-)


Quick tips:

Go to http://www.i-needtoknow.com/milford/maps/index.html

They have several links for hikers, including maps.

One you might check out is the Department of Conservation's online maps at:


Also, Google says there's another site called www.kiwifootpaths.com that may be useful...

  • Thanks, but all the links from the first site are broken. Including the 2nd and the 3rd that you posted. Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 14:29
  • Fixed the link. Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 19:57

NZ Topo Map - www.topomap.co.nz is a great resource. You can highlight the area of map you're interested in and print it out in high quality to take with you.

If you have a Windows Phone then you can download the NZ Topo Map app and take sections offline with you.

Or if you have an Android phone, New Zealand Topo Maps Pro by Atlogis is a great app for taking sections of map offline with you also.


You can browse the 1:50,000 Topographic Map of New Zealand here: https://data.linz.govt.nz/layer/767-nz-topo50-maps/

You can download it too but:

a) you need to register with a valid email address and create a password

b) the whole thing is about 10GB and you can only download 2GB at at time

Just set a crop around the area you're interested in and you can download the maps for that area. Depending on where the boundaries of the crop are you will get some entire sheets and some portions of others (see this index). The images are georeferenced and you can chose which projection/datum when you download.

Definitely get paper copies before you hit the trail but it doesn't hurt to study the digital versions beforehand.


As of November 2015, Google Maps now has StreetView for the following tracks:

  • Milford Track
  • Kepler Track
  • Abel Tasman Coast Track
  • Lake Waikaremoana
  • Heaphy Track
  • Routeburn Track
  • Rakiura Track (Stewart Island)

While the purists may bemoan this, they can be a good resource for identifying challenging parts, highlights or becoming familiar with a route. As always, StreetView is never as good as actually being there.


These are sort of a secret tip i got and took us on many incredibly awesome hikes:


My girlfriend and I travelled through NZ for a couple of months and mainly used these as a foundation for our trips. We were very glad to have them and recommended them to everyone we met.

I was actually hestitating on sharing these because we enjoyed the fact that many of the places arent well known and not overrun by tourists.

It also features well known highlights though, you wont miss out on any NZ awesomeness.

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