Digital soil maps
Explore this section if you are after the most recent soil maps available. S-map Online is the default digital soil map for New Zealand. Other map products such as Soils Map Viewer (FSL) or soil legacy maps can be consulted where S-map coverage is incomplete.
There are several online portals that provide thematic maps: Our Environment Land Atlas provides layers on nitrate leaching estimates, land use capability, or landscape and vegetation features. The Whenua Māori Visualisation Tool is a website intended to help Māori land owners and managers find out more about the physical characteristics, constraints and potential of their whenua Māori.
Visit the LRIS Portal, our repository of authoritative New Zealand science datasets and information, if you need data layers for spatial analyses.
The Pacific Soils Portal (PSP) provides Information and knowledge on Pacific soils, their health and uses. Regions include Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.
New Zealand's digital soil map
Explore fundamental soil data, create custom soil maps and download soil factsheets for your land.
Fundamental Soil Layers maps
Contains maps for for 16 key soil attributes, and a map for soil orders and groups of the New Zealand Soil Classification (NSZC).
Our Environment Land Atlas
A website designed to help you learn about the NZ natural environments
Our Environment is an interactive, free, online service providing access to some of Manaaki Whenua´s considerable holdings of environmental data.
Whenua Māori Visualisation Tool
This website is intended to help Māori land owners and managers find out more about the physical characteristics, constraints and potential of their whenua Māori.
Land Resource Information System (LRIS)
A data hub dedicated to mapping, querying and spatial analysis.
Traditional (legacy) maps
As part of our kaitiakitanga / custodianship work we are in the process of indexing and scanning the soil map legacy of Landcare Research and its predecessors. While several hundred soil maps have by now been scanned, very few have in fact been digitised, i.e. their features extracted for geospatial analyses.
It is important to note that legacy soil map information is continuously being integrated into our S-map Online service.
All scans of paper maps are available through our Digital Library, which also has a separate collection for maps that have been indexed but not yet scanned. A convenient way to explore Soil Bureau's reference maps is via our Legacy Map Viewer which features some 275 items produced between 1932 and 1989.
Legacy Map Viewer
A low-barrier tool to spatially explore NZ legacy soil maps.
Explore the soil maps produced by NZ Soil Bureau and predecessors between 1932 and 1989.
Digital Library - Soil Bureau Maps Collection
A set of some 300 'reference' soil maps for NZ and the Pacific, produced by Soil Survey Division, DSIR Soil Bureau, Lands and Survey Department, and Ministry of Works.