GIS Mapping

Information about GIS (Geographic Information System) and charges.

If the required maps are not available via this website, information can be obtained on a user pays basis and is available from the QLDC Customer Services Team in either Queenstown or Wanaka.  The GIS department is based in Queenstown and is available if any further information is required.

General map inquiries will be met by the Customer Services.  Charges are:

  • Full Colour A3 map $10.00
  • Full Colour A2 map $20.00
  • Full Colour A1 map $40.00
  • Full Colour A0 map $60.00

Customised/bespoke mapping or analysis/data preparation will be provided by the GIS Team.  Charges are:

  • Non-profit $ 30.00 per 15 minutes (or part thereof)
  • Commercial $ 37.50 per 15 minutes(or part thereof)

Data Charges

QLDC owns datasets that it on sells to recoup the cost of data acquisition.  The following datasets are available for purchase.

Aerial Photos:

Council holds orthorectified aerial photos in Urban and Rural resolution

  • Urban  - pixel size 0.125m, 240m x 360m coverage, NZTM projection
  • Rural – pixel size 0.75m, 2400m x 3600m coverage,  NZTM projection

The above tiles can be supplied in TIFF or ECW (compressed) format.  The cost is $50 per tile (Urban or Rural)


Council holds 1m interval contour data for urban areas (same coverage as urban aerial photography) this can be supplied in ESRI shapefile or AutoCAD GWG or DXF format.  The cost is $10 per (240m x 360m) tile.
Contact for further information.

What is GIS?

Most local government policies, plans and operations depend upon accurate, location-based information.

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a geographically aware database used to hold this information.
Basically, a GIS is a computer technology that combines mapping and information.  GIS stored data enables the generation of maps and reports, to provide a planned and systematic approach to collecting and managing location-based information, and to enable elected and appointed officials to improve planning and decision making.  Through the integration of data and maps, the decision environment is vastly improved for decision makers.

A GIS performs spatial analysis and uses geographic location to relate otherwise disparate datasets.
Some of the information layers included in QLDC's GIS are: land parcel and district boundaries, rating information, streets and road names, rivers, lakes and topography, utility services (drainage, water, sewage), rapid and street number locations, zoning and other land use, vegetation, district wide aerial photography, contours, hazards, census areas, and maintenance information for parks and  open spaces.

Examples of GIS use or analysis include:

  • Show the water and sewer mains that have had faults within the last six months
  • Select all landowners who pay for refuse collection within a specific area
  • Identify all parcels zoned Low Density which have Protected Trees or Features on them
  • Aid in Civil Defence Emergency through coordinate identification of property owners, water supply.