Geographic boundary files

Use this page to download files showing geographic boundaries for New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands. The files are compressed in zip format and contain the following geographic layers: meshblock (MB), area unit (AU), urban area (UA), territorial authorities (TA), regional council (RC), wards, and community/local boards (CB).

You can also download the General (GED07) and Māori (MED07) electoral districts (used for the 2011 election), see ESRI shapefiles under Annual pattern files.

The annual pattern starts from 2007 and covers only New Zealand. Also available are Census-based geographic boundaries for 2001, 2006 and 2013 which cover only New Zealand. The 2006 Census boundaries and are also broken down into regions.

These files can be used in conjunction with the annual Geographic area files.

See copyright and terms of use.

Note: New Zealand's 2013 urban area classification has been updated and replaced with version 2 in the 2013 download files. Further information on the changes can be found on the Urban Area classification page.

From 2010, geographic boundaries are only available in NZTM (NZGD2000), which is now the official national geodetic datum for New Zealand. Previous years are still available in NZMG.  See New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000 projection on the LINZ website for more information. 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.

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.

Statistics New Zealand does not provide support for any of these free viewers:

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

ArcExplorer available from ESRI (.shp)
Supported platforms: Windows, Unix, Linux 
http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/download.html

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Metadata

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.

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Annual pattern files

ESRI geodatabase

Click on the links below to download these WinZip files.

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 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 (NZTM) (8.35MB)

MapInfo TAB

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)

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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 13 December 2013