Our News

Nautical Charts

LINZ Nautical charts shown with Environment Canterbury Navigation Safety Bylaw 2010 features.

Published: 27/02/2015

QEII National Trust Open Space Covenants

Open space covenants help to protect New Zealand's unique natural and cultural heritage.

Published: 27/02/2015

Regional Coastal Environment Plan

Mapped areas and features from all Regional Coastal Environment Plan Volume 2 maps are now available in Canterbury Maps.

Published: 27/02/2015

Viewer updated

We have made a slight update to the std viewer. This is to bring it up to date with the latest changes and fixes from our supplier esri. You may have experienced some of the following problems

Published: 26/02/2015

Updated modelling confirms previous thoughts on Tsunamis

Tsunami surges over 2.5 metres high in places could inundate low-lying areas along the Canterbury coastline, particularly river mouths and estuaries, in the event of a large earthquake off the South American coast, latest modelling shows...

Published: 12/12/2014

New Historical Imagery - Christchurch 1926

The 1926 collection of georeferenced historic aerial imagery has been completed!!! These collections have been sourced from the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The photographs were taken by the RNZAF (or the NZAF as it was known in...

Published: 9/12/2014

More Historic Imagery

Our 1941, 1965, 1973, 1984 & 1994 collections of georeferenced historic aerial imagery have been completed!! These collections have been sourced from NZAM and the Crown archive held by NZAM in Napier and scanned from ...

Published: 17/11/2014


getting started

You can use Canterbury Maps to find property, geographical, recreational, locational information and more! To browse our map collection, go to our Map and Apps page.

Or alternatively you can search our collection straight from the frontpage. Just start typing in the 'Find Maps apps' search box and relevant items will appear within the drop down box.

To look for specific property information, go to the Map viewer and type in your property address.  From here you can then turn on layers to show specific data. Find out more about this app here.

User Story


How we use Canterbury Maps?

Our geotechnical engineering team at Eliot Sinclair frequently use ECans’s GIS mapping system to review Well log records to identify underlying geology and to assess the depth of groundwater.

Historical aerial photographs shown on the GIS are also used to determine site history which is useful for our civil and geotechnical engineers, and for the environmental engineers when assessing any risk of contamination .......  read more

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Who are we?

The Canterbury Maps portal is a joint data-sharing initiative brought to you by Canterbury's regional and territorial authorities. Coordinated by the staff at Environment Canterbury, you will find data on this site from

  • Environment Canterbury
  • Kaikoura District Council
  • Hurunui District Council
  • Waimakariri District Council
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Selwyn District Council
  • Ashburton District Council
  • Waimate District Council
  • Mackenzie District Council
  • Timaru District Council
  • Waitaki District Council.

Popular Maps

Consent Application Resources

Resources for consent applications in the Canterbury region.


Features and information relating to Groundwater quantity, quality and supply in the Canterbury Region.

Land & Property

Layers and features related to Land and Property Information

Grab our Data

All data is freely available to the public through our download service.

Download our map data, view our apps and explore the Canterbury region through our interactive map viewer(s).

Developers looking for mapping data can download our layers and API's by going to our Data page.

All data unless specifically stated is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand License. 

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Tell us what you think of our site, the tools on the site and anything else you want to tell us.

We are interested in your ideas and views to improve this site or it's tools and welcome your feedback.

You can either use the green feedback button the far right of this website or send us an email at


Go Mobile!

If you prefer to browse our maps on the go then download our Canterbury Maps phone app.

It is available on the Apple iTunes store for iPhones/iPads and also in Google Play for Android phones and tablets.

Find out more information by visiting our Mobile page.

 Canterbury Maps - Canterbury Regional Council        Android app on Google Play

Quick Tour?

Our quick tour gives you an overview of the features available on this site ranging from ...

the home page, maps & apps gallery, map viewer(s) and the data download service.