The primary purpose of the Mapping System is to provide information about land where there is likely to be public access available. The system also includes useful information for people planning trips into the outdoors.
You will notice that when viewed at certain scales, layers of spatial information will appear over the top of your base map. More layers will appear as you zoom in closer. The coloured parcels overlaid on the map represent different types of public access areas. This help section explains a few useful techniques that will help you find your way around.
Click on a feature in the map to access the pop-up information. A pop-up box will appear displaying tabulated information about the feature you have selected. Scroll between the different pop-ups using the navigation arrows.
Tip: Are you tapping a feature but no pop-up is appearing? Make sure that pop-up capability has been enabled for the layer that you are interested in. For instructions, check out the Sub-layer options for the Layer List Widget.
All the map data that is available in the map is collected in the Layer List. To find out more information about a layer, including a description and the source, click on the metadata icon to the right of the layer name.
Check out the FAQ section of our website to find detailed information about your access rights. See below for a short description of the different types of Public Access Areas on our mapping system:
Road (Formed and Unformed)
Legal roads, whether formed or unformed, comprise public land, and other than state highways, are vested in territorial authorities. The public have a right to pass and repass.
Land administered by the Department of Conservation which can generally be expected to be open to public walking access. These areas include National Parks, Forest Parks and a range of other land types.
Public Reserve Land
This includes a variety of public reserves. These reserves may have been made for recreation, historic, scenic, nature, scientific, government or local purposes. In most cases, these reserves will be administered by the territorial authority.
Strips of Crown Land Reserved from sale along the margins of lakes, rivers and the coast. They are administered by the Department of Conservation and can be expected to be open to public walking access.
Those areas of Crown land (other than marginal strip) where the Crown is unlikely to oppose walking access by the public. Usually administered by a government department.
Esplanade reserves are strips of land adjoining a water margin. They are usually created when land is subdivided.
Esplanade strips are a form of easement over water margin land. They are created when land is subdivided as an alternative to esplanade reserves. Esplanade strips move with the water margin.
Esplanade areas are expected to be open to walking access by the public and are administered by territorial authorities.
Where river and Lake Hydro Areas are bounded by reservations of public land the Crown will not generally oppose walking access to these areas.
Where a river is not bounded by public land the owner of the immediately adjoining land may have a presumed right to the half of the riverbed that adjoins the owner’s land. The impacts of this on public access can be complex, and need to be assessed on a case by case basis. For further information submit an enquiry to the the Commission.