Soil data and maps

Our Environment

An Online Atlas of our Land Resources

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How to access

You can access the Our Environment service using the above link.

Key features
Interactive With "Google maps" style navigation, it's easy to search, view and query environmental data
Data viewable at many scales A series of progressively more detailed map views are available
Custom, high quality maps Use the data themes to create custom maps that can be shared or printed as high quality PDF files
Quality science data The service uses data from nationally significant databases, such as the Land Resource Inventory, the Landcover Database, and other national datasets

The whole of mainland New Zealand.


Launched in 2011. Layers are updated as new versions of data become available.


Science data © Manaaki Whenua. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 NZ License.

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.

Our Environment is an interactive, free service that provides you with information about New Zealand's natural environment.

It connects you with Manaaki Whenua's maps and data about land resources, land cover, landscapes, ecosystems, and habitats. It complements the sister site, S-Map Online, by providing useful context data for understanding soils.

With a thematic focus, it has been designed to be usable by the general user, although experts should also find it of value. Our Environment eliminates the need for desktop geographic information system software, or advanced technical expertise, by processing and presenting data for you.

Maps and reports are available on:

  • land use capability
  • land suitability
  • vegetation
  • surface geology
  • erosion
  • ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, grassland
  • and protected land

Our Environment provides:

  • details about particular data themes and their provenance
  • supporting material to help you understand the meaning of particular environmental terms used in describing the information shown on the maps and in tables.

The Our Environment website was originally created as part of the government-funded Spatial Information Programme run by Manaaki Whenua.