S-map Online

What is S-map?

S-map is a digital soil map of New Zealand. It’s the most comprehensive, quantitative soil information available.

As of August 2021, S-map coverage stood at 37.1% of New Zealand soils with more than two thirds (67.7%) of multiple use land (horticulture, cropping and intensive pasture systems) covered.

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S-map and S-map Online

The digital soil map for New Zealand

S-map is Manaaki Whenua’s ongoing project to map New Zealand's soil resources at a nominal 1:50 000 scale.
S-map Online is the web delivery service for S-map and has been developed and operated by Manaaki Whenua's Informatics team.
Using S-map online you can:

  • Explore interactive soil maps of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Learn about the soil in your area
  • Browse, view and download a variety of soil fact sheets including one for Māori
  • Identify and compare soil siblings - the most detailed level of soil classification
  • Create custom soil maps for printing

Key features

  • Explore interactive soil maps of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Learn about the soil in your area
  • Browse, view and download a variety of soil fact sheets including one for Māori
  • Identify and compare soil siblings - the most detailed level of soil classification
  • Create custom soil maps for printing
Usage and licenses
S-map coverage and data
S-map definitions
S-map functionality
Coverage:  37.1% of New Zealand soils with more than two thirds (67.7%) of multiple use land (horticulture, cropping and intensive pasture systems) covered (August 2021) Date: Launched in 2002. Layers are updated as new versions of data become available License: S-map data are available under various licences. S-map maps and fact sheets are © Manaaki Whenua New Zealand Limited. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution - No Derivative Works 3.0 New Zealand License (BY-ND)

S-map Online

The digital soil map of New Zealand

S-Map data includes fundamental soil property data - such as depth, stoniness, clay and sand content - created from field observations and expert knowledge, as well as derived soil data based on models (e.g., available water, macroporosity, P retention, pH, soil carbon).

The tool also allows you to create custom soil maps and download soil factsheets for specific locations.