Note: LINZ and Opus International have recently agreed a contract for the maintenance of the Crown aerial imagery archive, following the liquidation of New Zealand Aerial Mapping in September 2014.
The following Information on product sales has been updated to reflect this.
This layer has been provided to enable potential users to identify the coverage of photography for Mainland NZ flown on behalf of the Crown between 1936 and 2005. Areas flown outside of Mainland NZ will be added later. The original data used to create this layer was compiled prior to 2000 and it is possible that some errors exist in the data fields. If you are aware of any inaccuracies, please contact LINZ: firstname.lastname@example.org or +64 4 4600110. The layer shows the extent of each aerial survey undertaken. The 'NZ Aerial Photo Footprints 1936-2005 poly' layer shows the extent of each photograph in the survey.
The Collection exists as photographic negatives (most are not in digital form) so the images are not downloadable from the LDS.
The Crown Aerial Film Negative Collection is managed for LINZ by Opus International.
You can are order images from the Collection from Opus International in a number of formats, including: - contact prints - enlargements - digital files - precision scans for photogrammetric production - orthophotos
You will need to tell Opus NZ the survey number (the value in the ‘SURVEY’ attribute) covering your area of interest.
Opus NZ will be able to provide information about the cost of providing images in the various formats. Contact them at: email@example.com or 0800 680 690
There are a small number of images held in the Collection that have not been referenced in the LDS layers due to incomplete metadata. LINZ is currently investigating ways this can be remedied. Opus International will be able to let you know if additional photographs are available in your area of interest.
There are also a large number of images which previously belonged to New Zealand Aerial Mapping and which are now are available for public use. The extents of these may be added to the LDS in future. You can order these images by contacting Opus International.
LINZ and its predecessors, Lands & Survey and Department of Survey and Land Information (DOSLI), commissioned aerial photography for the Crown between 1937 and 2005.
A database of the coverage, along with information about the survey number, run number and photo number; also camera, focal length, altitude and coordinate of the photo centre has been converted to SHAPE file format for loading into the LINZ Data Service.
One of the predominant uses of the aerial photography at the time was the photogrammetric mapping of New Zealand, initially at 1inch to 1mile followed by the NZMS 260 series at 1:50,000.
Updates to the 1:50,000 data (now released as the Topo50 map series) were made initially using orthophotography, and today orthophotos created from both aerial photography and the all-of-government satellite imagery (KiwImage) are used.