NZ Topographic maps for Orux Maps,Locus Maps, and Galileo Offline Maps
What is this
This page contains links to offline topographical map files I have made of New Zealand for Orux Maps, Locus Maps, and Galileo Offline Maps applications, so that you can use a GPS-equipped device as a GPS in remote areas with no data connection.
Orux and Locus are Android applications, and Galileo is available for both iOS and Android.
Below are links to the files you need to install topographical maps covering all of New Zealand on your phone or other device. These maps include the LINZ 1:50,000 maps at two zoom levels, LINZ 1:250,000 maps at two zoom levels and several levels of a 1:1,000,000 map.
The maps are in the MBTiles format which is supported in the above applications and probably many other applications.
NZ_Topographic.mbtiles (2,410,590,208 bytes) Updated from Linz Data Service May 2018. This should work on all the apps mentioned.
NZ_TopographicA.mbtiles (1,867,662,336 bytes) Updated from Linz Data Service May 2018. This has some zoom levels removed to make the file smaller, but works well on Locus and Galileo.
These are very large files and could take a few minutes to several hours to download depending on the speed of your internet connection. Do not download using mobile data unless you are very sure how much it will cost.
Copying to your device (Orux or Locus)
If you download the map file to your PC first, it can be troublesome to copy it to your device. It may be better to download directly to your device if you have good WiFi and a good internet connection.
Copying the file from a PC to your device may go smoothly but sometimes can be difficult. Presumably due to the large size of the file, things that should work, don't work.
If you downloaded the file to a PC, you can either -
- copy the files to your Android device over a USB cable using MTP (Media Transfer Protocol, sometimes Most Troublesome Protocol) , or
- if your device has a removable SD card (set up as a portable device) you could remove the card, plug it into a card reader connected to your PC, copy the files, then re-insert the card in your device, or
- if your device supports USB On The Go, you could copy the files to a USB drive, plug the drive into your device's USB port with a suitable cable, then copy the files with your device's file manager.
Copying to your device (Galileo)
For iOS, please see the instructions in the Galileo manual. For Android, you can download it, then "Open" it using the downloads app or by touching the download complete notification and choose to open it in Galileo. Galileo will then "install" it.
MBTiles maps location on your device (Orux or Locus)
In Oruxmaps the maps should be put in (by default) /sdcard/oruxmaps/mapfiles. In Oruxmaps settings, you can change this location to the "external" (plug-in) SD card if there is insufficient space on the in-built storage. With Oruxmaps you do not need one folder per map as you do with maps in the Oruxmaps native format. Oruxmaps will complain (but still work) if you set a directory it cannot write to. If you are using an external (i.e. plug-in) SD card you need to be aware that Apps generally can't write to an external SD card in Android version 4.4 and higher. (Unless it is set up as Adoptable storage in Android 6 or higher.) The only location an app can write to in the normal way is the app's own folder e.g. /storage/ABCD-1234/Android/data/com.orux.oruxmaps/files. Be aware that that folder and all its contents will be erased if you uninstall the app or clear its data.
In Locusmaps the default location is /sdcard/locus/maps, but you can also add further personal map(s) from anywhere in the filesystem, so you can use the same map files in Locusmaps and Oruxmaps if you have both apps installed.
Note /sdcard does not necessarily reference a real SD card but will reference internal storage if it exists. In this case it the same location may be found at /storage/emulated/0. Typically you can't reach /storage/emulated/0 if you start browsing at / with an Android file manager. The file manager may have a Home button or similar that will take you there. (Or use /sdcard.)
You will likely have to refresh the map list in Orux maps / Locus maps after copying new files onto the device.
If you have a device with a very high resolution screen, it may be useful to set a default digital zoom in your mapping app settings.
This work is based on LINZ data which are licensed by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence.
The maps are believed to have been accurately generated from LINZ data, however it is the user's responsibility to check the maps for the areas he/she is visiting. Remember there are many things that can go wrong with mobile devices. Do not rely solely on these maps for navigation.
NZ Walking Access Commission Maps
I have made an off-line copy of the NZ Walking Access Mapping System maps as at October 2017. These maps show where there is public access e.g. National Parks, other reserves, legal unformed roads and so on. You can download it from
wams_2017.mbtiles (296,089,600 bytes).
This map is designed to be used as an overlay to the topographical maps above (or other maps). You will need Locus Maps Pro or Oruxmaps Version 6.5 or later to be able to show the overlay semi transparently on top of the other maps. (In Locusmaps use Menu / More Functions / Map Overlays, in Oruxmaps use Map Icon / Switch Map / Icon showing several layers on top of each other.)
Please see Walking Access Mapping System , http://walkingaccess.govt.nz/ and http://walkingaccess.govt.nz/walkways-and-access/walking-access-mapping/gis-data/ for further information and disclaimers. This Public Access Areas GIS layer is available to use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence.
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