NZ Topographic maps for OruxMaps and LocusMaps

What is this

This page contains links to offline topographical map files I have made of New Zealand for OruxMaps and LocusMaps Android applications, so that you can use a GPS-equipped Android device as a GPS in remote areas with no data connection. 

Below are links to the files you need to install topographical maps covering all of New Zealand on your phone or other Android 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 recent versions of both Oruxmaps and Locusmaps and probably many other applications.

Download Files

Latest version (PNG format tiles) -
All NZ (2,612,825,088 bytes) Updated from Linz Data Service March 2017

Older versions (JPEG format tiles) - 

North Island (1,021,915,136 bytes) Updated January 2016

South Island (1,512,182,784 bytes) Updated January 2016

These are very large files and could take several hours to download. Do not download using mobile data unless you are very sure how much it will cost.

Copying to your device

Copying the file to your device may go smoothly but sometimes can be ridiculously difficult. Presumably due to the large size of the file, things that should work, don't work. Also, 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.

If you downloaded the file to a PC, you can either -
  • copy the files to your Android device over a USB cable using Media Transfer Protocol (good luck) or  Mass Storage Protocol (not possible with recent versions of Android), or
  • use a "Remote Manager" program on your device and transfer the file over WiFi (for example WiFi FTP Server). You can use Windows Explorer on the PC by typing ftp://address:port in the address bar or ftp://user@address:port if you have set up a username / password.
  • 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.

MBTiles maps location on your device

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.

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.

App settings

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 , and 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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