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Google Earth Coverage of New Zealand

Show Profile  The Map Guy Posted: 3 December 2009, 2:18 AM  
Tauranga may be OK, but the bit to the south and west of Papamoa has a horrible colour scheme - and that's the bit I need to use.

At long last the strip from Kinloch (Lake Taupo) to Tokoroa is there but it is low resolution (useable to around 300m height). Disappointing, but better than what was there before.

Show Profile  Motunono Posted: 13 December 2009, 9:15 AM  
Hi resolution image of Auckland on line since some time, awfull resolution, can see the gutter of my house !

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 30 April 2010, 1:38 AM  
New photography of the coast of Stewart Island SE of the inlet; and one of the smaller dots in the Chatham Islands. Truly someone is looking after us...

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 August 2010, 7:00 PM  
New photography of Great Barrier; White Is; part of Urewera Nat Pk; part of Kaweka Forest Pk; Cape Kidnappers; Cape Egmont; stretch of the West Coast S of Hokitika; Omarama; some mountains near the top of Lake Wakatipu; Milton to Balclutha; Dunedin and Otago Harbour.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 August 2010, 7:24 PM  
Woops. I must be doing something wrong. The above list is identical to changes reported a year ago, may have opened an old kml file.

I THINK I have now opened the latest kml file in Google Earth, but it doesn't have any red outlines in NZ. Trouble is the file is called imagery_updates without any indication of the date. Can anyone figure out what the NZ changes are that they referred to in "The Sightseer Newsletter July 2010"?

This message was edited by Michael on 1 August 2010, 9:46 PM

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 31 August 2010, 9:40 PM  
I wonder if we've been blinded by the promise of Google Earth/Maps. Microsoft also has a global website with aerial photography www.bing.com, and at least for Lower Hutt for which GE has a big rectangle of crap across the valley, Bing is high-res and quite recent. Shows the Dowse Interchange under construction which dates it as 2-3yrs old. What's more it may have better photo joining - at least one place where Google has a mismatch is fine although that's not to say that its better overall. Where photos of different ages join, the border is wavy as you would expect when rectangular photos are corrected for height distortion. A screen grab of a steep area of Lower Hutt fits my georeferenced mapping very well indeed.

Still Wikipedia is a bit dismissive of its photo age, citing parts of the US with quite old photography. No facilities I can see for "save image". River names are full of errors. May not be as up to date elsewhere.

Any comment from other parts of the country? Are there any more organisations also making useful photos freely available? (I found NASA's World Wind but it didn't seem to have an updating intent.)

Show Profile  DennisdM Posted: 1 September 2010, 7:05 AM  
Map guy, the bit south and west of Papamoa is better on Bing, but downtown Tauranga is rubbish.

Show Profile  Jymbo Posted: 1 September 2010, 8:26 PM  
Here in Aus, we have NearMap http://www.nearmap.com/

So much better than Google, don't cover the whole country, but, luckily for me, they have Bendigo

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 September 2010, 9:35 PM  
Updated monthly, that's amazing. Terms of use seem quite liberal too.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 2 September 2010, 9:56 AM  
There's a NZ government project http://kiwimage.govt.nz/index.html Quite the opposite of Nearmap - imagery is only available to institutions who have contributed to the collection:-((

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 2 September 2010, 8:16 PM  
New photography in GE (At least I think it's new, see above.)
Stretch of coast east of Whangarei (Ngunguru)
Tiritiri Matangi Island
Swathe from Waimarama Beach inland beyond (but north of) Waipawa
Coastal clock south of Timaru, from St Andrews not quite to Waimate
Northern half of Invercargill and a fair bit either side. Some inconvenient clouds but then previous coverage was worse. They keep the old coverage available and you can control which version you see.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 29 October 2010, 2:02 PM  
New photography in GE
Whangaruru Harbour
Block E of Dargaville
Waipu Caves
Auckland Airport
N-S strip from Pukekohe south
Block E of Huntly
Lakes Rotorua-Rotoiti-Rotoma
Mt Taranaki (the top)
Waipawa
E-W strip from Marton east
Parts of Marlborough SOunds
Part Mt Richmond Forest Park
Motueka Valley
Cave (that's a place in Canterbury not a hole in the ground)
Invercargill and the coast between Riverton and Waituna
And last but not least Whitemans Valley. This is adjacent to the ABYSMAL COVERAGE OF DOWNTOWN LOWER HUTT FOR WHICH HUTT CITY HAS HI-RES PHOTOGRAPHY AND I'VE ASKED THEM SEVERAL TIMES TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO GOOGLE EARTH. YES I AM SHOUTING.

Show Profile  Bryan Posted: 29 October 2010, 4:33 PM  
My work (Terralink) has hi-res photography of Lower Hutt - if used for orienteering/education (eg park, sprint and school maps) and non-commercial purposes I can make available photos of small areas upon request.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 29 October 2010, 8:24 PM  
Thanks Bryan, I can get it off the Hutt City website, but I am at a loss why the city doesn't see it as in their interests for Google to have it.

Show Profile  Tom99 Posted: 30 October 2010, 11:01 PM  
just discovered this forum. What I've found to be more of a problem than resolution of GE pics is the horizontal displacement of the various chunks of land. Michael mentioned the road at York Bay that goes into the sea. I live near there and the error is about 40 metres, (compared with gps and identifiable features and trigs and survey pegs) on a chunk of image extending some distance up into the bush.

I spend a bit of time helping farming friends get their farm or forest mapping info upgraded to paddock or forest-plot level, with the non-map-specialist farmers then using GE for their accounting or recording systems. Resolution usually OK but the horizontal displacement is discouraging. Last week I was on several farm properties near Wanganui. Immediately to the E of the city the displacement is about 60m, 40km N of Wanganui there is no displacement, but 10km W of that its about 30m. Until you try some plotting you have no idea that this defect is present.


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