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Geographic boundary files

Use this page to download files showing geographic boundaries for New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands. There are three file types that are compressed into zip format: metadata, annual boundary, and census-based files. These files can be used in conjunction with the annual Geographic area files.

Metadata following the ANZLIC metadata standard is available in PDF format for 2011–16 digital boundaries. Use this metadata in conjunction with annual boundary files and census-based files.

Annual boundary files contain ESRI geodatabases, ESRI shapefiles, and MapInfo TAB files for generalised and high definition versions of the 12 mile limit and clipped digital boundaries for 2013–2016. Annual boundaries for 2007–2012 are available as  ESRI shapefiles and MapInfo TAB files.  Annual boundary files contain the following geographies: meshblock (MB), area unit (AU), urban area (UA), territorial authority (TA), regional council (REGC), ward (WARD), community/local board (CB), territorial authority subdivision (TASUB), constituency (CON), Māori constituency (MCON), general electoral district (GED), and Māori electoral district (MED). The 2016 annual boundary files also include a correspondence or concordance (MBHG) which relates meshblocks to larger geographic areas.

Census-based files contain ESRI shapefiles and MapInfo TAB files for each of the census years between 2001-2013, a 2006 regional breakdown, and an ESRI geodatabase for 2013. These files contain the following geographies: meshblock (MB), area unit (AU), urban area (UA), territorial authority (TA), regional council (REGC), ward (WARD).

Notes:

  • From 2010, geographic boundaries are only available in NZTM (NZGD2000), which is now the official national geodetic datum for New Zealand. See New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000 projection on the LINZ website for more information.  Some years prior to 2010 are available in NZMG. 
  • From 2013, all files are released in Map Info, ESRI Shapefile, and ESRI Geodatabase formats for each of the following:
    • Clipped to the coastline, high-definition boundaries
    • Clipped to the coastline, generalised to 1-metre tolerance boundaries
    • Full, to the 12-mile limit, high-definition boundaries
    • Full, to the 12-mile limit, generalised to 1-metre tolerance boundaries.
  • From 2015, the process for allocating a unique seven-digit number has changed. This is due to new technology now being used for amending meshblock boundaries. 
    See 2015 ANZLIC Digital Boundaries Metadata for meshblocks for further details.

See copyright and terms of use.

Statistics NZ data service prototype

The Statistics NZ data service prototype provides the 2016 geographic boundaries and a selection of 2013 Census spatial data. You can search, browse, and download the data. Download is simple and available in a range of spatial and non-spatial formats. This online data service was provided by our technology partner Koordinates.

Instructions for downloading files

  1. Download the metadata files.
  2. Download the geographic boundary files.

To view geographic boundaries, you need a geographic information system (GIS) installed. If you do not have a GIS, you can download software that can read these files:

MapInfo ProViewer available from MapInfo (.tab)
Supported platforms: Windows 
http://www.pbinsight.com/support/product-downloads/item/mapinfo-proviewer-v12.0

ArcGIS Explorer available from ESRI (.shp)
Supported platforms: Windows 
http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer-desktop

Statistics NZ does not provide support for these free viewers.

Metadata

ANZLIC 2016 Digital Boundaries Metadata (WinZip PDF, 3MB)
ANZLIC 2015 Digital Boundaries Metadata (WinZip PDF, 4.9MB)
ANZLIC 2014 Digital Boundaries Metadata (WinZip PDF, 693KB)
ANZLIC 2013 Digital Boundaries Metadata (WinZip PDF, 949KB)
ANZLIC 2012 Digital Boundaries Metadata (WinZip PDF, 701KB)
ANZLIC 2011 Digital Boundaries Metadata (WinZip PDF, 1.2MB)

These downloadable pdf zip files are in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download the reader to view or print the contents of this file.

Annual boundary files

ESRI geodatabase

Click on the links below to download these WinZip files.

New Zealand 2016 clipped high def (NZTM) (319MB) 
New Zealand 2016 clipped generalised (NZTM) (114MB)
New Zealand 2016 12 mile high def (NZTM) (321MB)
New Zealand 2016 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (115MB)
New Zealand 2015 clipped high def (NZTM) (475MB)
 
New Zealand 2015 clipped generalised (NZTM) (189MB)
New Zealand 2015 12 mile high def (NZTM) (384MB)
New Zealand 2015 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (171MB)
New Zealand 2014 clipped high def (NZTM) (250MB)
New Zealand 2014 clipped generalised (NZTM) (88MB)
New Zealand 2014 12 mile high def (NZTM) (229MB)
New Zealand 2014 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (80MB)
New Zealand 2013 clipped high def (NZTM) (245MB)
New Zealand 2013 clipped generalised (NZTM) (86MB)
New Zealand 2013 12 mile high def (NZTM) (224MB)
New Zealand 2013 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (81MB)

ESRI shapefiles

Click on the links below to download these WinZip files.

New Zealand 2016 clipped high def (NZTM) (590MB) 
New Zealand 2016 clipped generalised (NZTM) (184MB)
New Zealand 2016 12 mile high def (NZTM) (578MB)
New Zealand 2016 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (183MB)
New Zealand 2015 clipped high def (NZTM) (778MB)
New Zealand 2015 clipped generalised (NZTM) (303MB)
New Zealand 2015 12 mile high def (NZTM) (700MB)
New Zealand 2015 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (280MB)
New Zealand 2014 clipped high def (NZTM) (450MB)
New Zealand 2014 clipped generalised (NZTM) (140MB)
New Zealand 2014 12 mile high def (NZTM) (413MB)
New Zealand 2014 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (128MB)
New Zealand 2013 clipped high def (NZTM) (245MB)
New Zealand 2013 clipped generalised (NZTM) (154MB)
New Zealand 2013 12 mile high def (NZTM) (449MB)
New Zealand 2013 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (145MB)
New Zealand 2012 (NZTM) (640MB)
New Zealand 2011 (NZTM) (307MB) 
New Zealand 2010 (NZTM) (390MB) 
New Zealand 2009 (NZTM) (456MB)
New Zealand 2009 (NZMG) (450MB)
New Zealand 2008 (NZTM) (447MB) 
New Zealand 2008 (NZMG) (440MB)
New Zealand 2007 (NZMG) (380MB)

New Zealand Electoral Districts 2014 (NZTM) (7.9MB)
New Zealand Electoral Districts 2007 (NZTM) (8.35MB)

MapInfo TAB

Click on the links below to download these WinZip files.

New Zealand 2016 clipped high def (NZTM) (398MB) 
New Zealand 2016 clipped generalised (NZTM) (128MB)
New Zealand 2016 12 mile high def (NZTM) (388MB)
New Zealand 2016 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (127MB)
New Zealand 2015 clipped high def (NZTM) (518MB)
New Zealand 2015 clipped generalised (NZTM) (205MB)
New Zealand 2015 12 mile high def (NZTM) (466MB)
New Zealand 2015 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (189MB)
New Zealand 2014 clipped high def (NZTM) (325MB)
New Zealand 2014 clipped generalised (NZTM) (102MB)
New Zealand 2014 12 mile high def (NZTM) (296MB)
New Zealand 2014 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (93MB)
New Zealand 2013 clipped high def (NZTM) (245MB)
New Zealand 2013 clipped generalised (NZTM) (102MB)
New Zealand 2013 12 mile high def (NZTM) (339MB)
New Zealand 2013 12 mile generalised (NZTM) (326MB)
New Zealand 2012 (NZTM) (463MB)
New Zealand 2011 (NZTM) (250MB)
New Zealand 2010 (NZTM) (229MB)
New Zealand 2009 (NZTM) (230MB)
New Zealand 2009 (NZMG) (262MB)
New Zealand 2008 (NZTM) (223MB)
New Zealand 2008 (NZMG) (222MB)
New Zealand 2007 (NZMG) (232MB)

Census-based files

ESRI geodatabase

New Zealand 2013 (NZTM) (138MB)

ESRI shapefiles

New Zealand 2013 (NZTM) (246MB)
New Zealand 2011 (NZTM) (95MB)
New Zealand 2006 (NZTM) (100MB)
New Zealand 2006 (NZMG) (37.9MB)
New Zealand 2001 (NZMG) (71.4MB) 
New Zealand 1996 (NZMG) (12.9MB)
New Zealand 1991 (NZMG) (184MB)
Northland 2006 (NZMG) (8.07MB)
Auckland 2006 (NZMG) (7.62MB)
Waikato 2006 (NZMG) (7.88MB)
Bay of Plenty 2006 (NZMG) (3.38MB)
Gisborne 2006 (NZMG) (1.3MB)
Hawkes Bay 2006 (NZMG) (2.42MB) 
Taranaki 2006 (NZMG) (2.25MB) 
Manawatu Wanganui 2006 (NZMG) (4.13MB) 
Wellington 2006 (NZMG) (3.06MB) 
Tasman 2006 (NZMG) (1.72MB) 
Nelson 2006 (NZMG) (272MB) 
Marlborough 2006 (NZMG) (4.72MB) 
West Coast 2006 (NZMG) (2.67MB) 
Canterbury 2006 (NZMG) (5.65MB) 
Otago 2006 (NZMG) (4.94MB) 
Southland 2006 (NZMG) (6.16MB) 
Area Outside 2006 (NZMG) (4.57MB)

MapInfo TAB

New Zealand 2013 (NZTM) (162MB)
New Zealand 2011 (NZTM) (81MB) 
New Zealand 2006 (NZTM) (100MB) 
New Zealand 2006 (NZMG) (37.9MB) 
New Zealand 2001 (NZMG) (71.4MB) 
Northland 2006 (NZMG) (8.07MB) 
Auckland 2006 (NZMG) (7.62MB) 
Waikato 2006 (NZMG) (7.88MB) 
Bay of Plenty 2006 (NZMG) (3.38MB) 
Gisborne 2006 (NZMG) (1.3MB) 
Hawkes Bay 2006 (NZMG) (2.42MB) 
Taranaki 2006 (NZMG) (2.25MB) 
Manawatu Wanganui 2006 (NZMG) (4.13MB) 
Wellington 2006 (NZMG) (3.06MB) 
Tasman 2006 (NZMG) (1.72MB) 
Nelson 2006 (NZMG) (272MB) 
Marlborough 2006 (NZMG) (4.72MB) 
West Coast 2006 (NZMG) (2.67MB) 
Canterbury 2006 (NZMG) (5.65MB) 
Otago 2006 (NZMG) (4.94MB) 
Southland 2006 (NZMG) (6.16MB) 
Area Outside 2006 (NZMG) (4.57MB)

Page updated 10 December 2015

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