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Google Earth Coverage of New Zealand

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 11 November 2010, 9:17 PM  
http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2010/11/changing-world-changing-maps.html

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 14 November 2010, 9:48 PM  
Anyone know what "updated base map data" means in practical terms? The photos still have the road going into the sea near Tom99's place. Maybe it means the maps they use in Google Maps (as opposed to Google Earth)?

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 2 December 2010, 2:53 PM  
Latest updates: a piece of mainly sea with part of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, part Titiri Matangi Is, Rakino Is, and part Motutapu Is. And the Bombay Hills.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 6 March 2011, 11:20 PM  
New coverage of what seems like the whole of Taranaki; and a swathe through Wellington and East Harbour as recently as Dec 2010! Fixes the road discontinuity near Tom99's place. Downtown Lower Hutt is still crap.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 April 2011, 5:15 PM  
Quite a lot of new coverage of NZ, too much to list. There are some big swathes about 40km wide by 4-500km long. See it in GE here. http://mw1.google.com/mw-earth-vectordb/Imagery_Updates/imagery_updates.kml

Lower Hutt still crap. The city council says they have provided recent photography to Google but no joy. Bing has it, but there are other places where Google is newer, so worth looking in both. http://www.bing.com/maps/

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 5 May 2011, 9:29 PM  
Whangaruru Bay (SE of Russell)
Dargaville
Muriwai to Kumeu incl southern bit of Woodhill
Strip from Rangitoto, Waiheke across to Coromandel Peninsula (Mercury Bay area)
Tutira (north of Hawkes Bay)
Part Kaimanawas (east of Turangi)
Coastal Taranaki (Oakura - Okato)
Area S of Martinborough and out to east coast
Lower Hutt (At last. Dowse Drive might be fixed but there's a cloud over it.)
Sea off Arapawa Island
West Coast north of the Grey River, perhaps around Pike River mine
Northern end of Blue Mts (Raes Junction, Beaumont)

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 June 2011, 9:53 AM  
Latest "new imagery". This isn't always accurate, I think Hamilton may have had new stuff for some time, unannounced. But maybe there's something extra this time.

Poor Knights Islands
Tip of Coromandel Peninsula
West part Waiheke Island
Waitakere City urban area (Mar 09 very good res)
Bottom of Firth of Thames
North tip of Matakana Island
Hamilton urban area incl Ngaruawahia (Mar 09 very good res)
Bit of coast south of Kawhia
Taupo (Jan 08 pre bypass)
Gisborne (Mar 07)
Piece of Taranaki west of the mountain
Napier (Jan 09 very good res)
Piece of farmland east of Taihape
Pauatahanui across Hutt Valley to Te Marua
Churton Park and Tawa (Jan 09 very good res)
Piece of mostly sea in the outer Marlborough Sounds
Strip to the west of Wakefield
Piece of Mt Richmond Forest Park
Piece of coast SE of Blenheim round mouth of Awatere River
Strip to the west of Motunau (across SH1 at Waipara) with another block in the mountains to the west of that
E-W strip through Harihari, over the divide, and another block in the upper Rakaia River
Around Haast Pass and east to the Hopkins (goes into Lake Ohau)
Bottom of Lake Pukaki (just misses Turangi and just misses Irishmans Creek map)
Naseby including most of the forest and south almost to Ranfurly (Oct 09, just misses 2010 relay map)
Blocks to west of Lake Te Anau
Otatara and Sandy Point Nov 09
Much of Paterson Inlet incl Halfmoon Bay



This message was edited by Michael on 1 June 2011, 11:14 AM

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 30 June 2011, 10:08 AM  
Big stretch west from Kerikeri and Kaikohe
Northern Coromandel Peninsula from Waikawau Bay to Port Charles
Eastern 2/3 of Waiheke Island
Bit of the Waikato around Ohinewai-Te Kauwhata
Kawhia
Three adjacent rectangles Pirongia - Waitomo - out to the coast
Block centred on Tokoroa
Opotiki and inland to Waioeka Gorge
Block inland of Wairoa, but not as far as Waikaremoana
Napier - the port to Tangoio and inland to Rissington
Block on the Napier - Taihape Rd a bit west of Kuripapango
Feilding - Pohangina
Palmerston North eastern half only, Forest Hill, Ashhurst, the gorge
Greytown - Carterton east to just short of Ngaumu Forest
Whole lot of rectangles around Golden Bay. Includes Canaan Downs but not the coastal part of Abel Tasman NP, also misses Takaka town
N-S strip through the Marlborough Sounds, includes Picton, just misses Blenheim, gets Seddon, Ward, Kekerengu
Block in the hills south of Reefton, includes historic Waiuta
Lower part of Hurunui River, btwn but not incl Motunau Beach, Cheviot
Block btwn Rakaia and Wilberforce River near Lake Coleridge
Castle Hill - Flock Hill - Craigieburn Forest Park
Strip east of Lake Pukaki, includes Irishmans Creek this time
Block btwn but not incl Lake Benmore and Hakataramea Valley
Timaru - Temuka and inland nearly to Cave
Block inland from Oamaru (but short of Danseys Pass)
Coastal block between Jacksons Bay and Big Bay (Cascade road end south)
E-W strip between Wanaka and Arrowtown, includes Skippers, Cardrona village but not Snow Farm
Both sides of Lake Te Anau, from South Fiord to Middle Fiord
Longer E-W strip across southern bit of Lake Te Anau, most of Lake Manapouri, to Wilmott Pass
Ohai - Nightcaps
Lawrence - Waipori Falls - Milton - Clydevale, includes upper parts Berwick Forest
Northern tip of Stewart Island, Codfish Island
Doughboy to top Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island


Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 August 2011, 10:48 AM  
After a period when there seemed to be not much happening, looks like Google's NZ agents are hard at work. Or maybe those who do the photography are becoming more generous.
Block north of Hokianga nearly to Kaitaia
Couple of blocks betw Whangarei and Kerikeri
Some bits betw Te Puke and Kawerau
Ohope Beach (just east of Whakatane)
Around Te Kuiti
Inglewood and south nearly to Stratford
Hawkes Bay from Tangoio to Wairoa
Otautau, Tuatapere and west beyond Port Craig (Hump Ridge Track?)
Betw Milton and Kaitangata
Strip west from Kaitangata - Kaka Pt, north of the Catlins
Strip across the Tararuas from Foxton to Pahiatua, adjoining...
Around Levin incl south part Waitarere Forest, also around Eketahuna
Kapiti Island
Area west of Wgtn incl Makara Beach, Cape Terawhiti
Between Gladstone and Te Wharau, could be bit of Te Wharau map but some awkward clouds
Bit of West Coast north of the Heaphy River
Several blocks from the north end of the Heaphy Track to the headwaters of the Karamea River - prob Kahurangi Nat Park
Whole lot round Chch, incl Rangiora, Darfield, Leeston, most of Banks Pen except Gebbies Pass to Lake Forsyth.
Big swathe between the Upper Rakaia and Geraldine-Fairlie
Lots of blocks in the alps from Mt Cook to Makarora-Haast
Burkes Pass
Around Cave (inland from Timaru)
E-W strip betw Arrowtown and Glenorchy, incl part Queenstown

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 23 September 2011, 11:14 AM  
I was recently caught out assuming that Google Earth automatically displays the latest imagery. Seems not, and you might have to do some fiddling with the time slider to ensure you get the latest. Example, use the search box to go to "Paraparaumu NZ" and zoom in on Queen Elizabeth Park. I get 2007 photography. But it's possible to move the time slider to the right and get 2010 imagery. I found a comment on a forum that suggests that Google makes arbitrary decisions about what is the default imagery, eg earlier photos might have less cloud. I'd rather start with the latest and look back if necessary. Anyone else met this?

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 February 2012, 7:43 PM  
Kapiti coast from Paraparaumu south to Pukerua Bay, 10-month old coverage of the Battle Hill rogaine. Small piece of Marlborough Sounds, Thomsons Gorge and Tarras (as featured in the Great Southern Brevet), Greenstone Track area, north end of Lake Te Anau.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 March 2012, 7:28 PM  
Block SE of Kaikohe
Block at Waikawau, west coast between New Plymouth and Kawhia
Otorohanga to Waitomo Caves
Forest north from SH5 midway between Tirau and Rotorua
Block north from Lake Rotoiti-Rotoma
Masterton east, reaches about the middle of the Hapua map
Stretch of Paparoa Nat Pk inland from Punakaiki
Block on west coast near Harihari
Sheffield to near Darfield
Big swathe from Ashley Forest to Lake Ellesmere; includes most of Chch west of Marshland Rd/Woolston/Teddington; west bdy thru Rolleston
Block S from Lake Ohau
Southern halves of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, includes all of Sticky Forest/Hikuwai map
Stretch west from Glendhu Bay thru mtns to Rees River
Hollyford Valley, between Gunns Camp and Lake McKerrow
The ones I've looked closely at all seem to be 2011 photography


Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 June 2012, 12:02 PM  
Too many to list this time. Try http://google-latlong.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/imagery-update-week-of-may-14th.html and use the links there to view them in GE. Some of them are VERY recent - eg a strip across Woodhill and Riverhead March 2012, and the Manukau Heads and Awhitu May 2012.

Something that puzzles me, GE doesn't always display the latest imagery for me. Where I suspect that there's later stuff, I can force it by fiddling with the date slider. Can anyone suggest how I can avoid this? I'm on version 6.1, almost the latest.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 December 2012, 10:42 AM  
Latest GE newsletter says there's new high res satellite imagery for NZ. Not sure what that means in practical terms, I think that aerial imagery must be better at higher zooms. Maybe it fills in some gaps of poor coverage.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 15 May 2013, 4:41 PM  
They seem to have stopped reporting what's new, perhaps because there's so much of it! They have certainly been hard at work!

Can someone answer this question? I would think GE should display the latest imagery by default, but this is not always so. Eg just zoomed in to Lower Hutt: date 2011. Checked "Historical Imagery" in the View menu, and can get 2012. How to ensure the latest comes by default? (We can always ask for older pics if the latest is shadowy or cloudy or whatever.) It looks like Google Maps is also stuck on the photos I first get in Google Earth, in this case 2011.


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