Soil data and maps

National Soils Database

Accessible using the National Soils Data Repository

Upukeroa, Manapouri. Image - Sam Carrick
How to access

Access the National Soils Database in the NSDR using the above link.


Mainland New Zealand.


Site records go back to the late 1950s.


The NSD data available through the National Soils Database Data Viewer are ©Landcare Research New Zealand Limited 2015 CC BY-ND 4.0.

The sites linked to from this website have their own copyright/licence terms and conditions, and users should familiarise themselves with those terms and conditions.

The National Soils Database (NSD) is a 'point' database containing descriptions of about 1500 New Zealand soil profiles, together with analytical data on their chemical, physical, and mineralogical characteristics. The information is obtained from physically sampling and observing the soil on site.

The National Soils Database (NSD) is a crucial part of our legacy soil data in New Zealand. The first database was created in the 1980s and contained records back to the 1950s.

The NSD is available through the National Soils Database Data Viewer or by contacting the person listed at the bottom of this page.

Using the National Soils Database Data Viewer you can search for sites using either a Site ID number, by New Zealand Soil Classification, e.g. soil order, by land use, by date, and by location. Site reports comprise locality and landform data, soil classification, soil profile morphology, and a subset of soil chemical and particle size analysis.

The full NSD contains data on the following:

  • The site
  • Horizons
  • Soil Chemistry
  • Physical analyses
  • XRF analyses
  • Mineralogy
  • Soil/void relationships
  • Water retention measurements

Not all sites have the full set of data. The analyst’s name, method of analyses, and date are also provided.

Contact details

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, Lincoln & Palmerston North

P +64 6 353 4914
Email NSDR