About Far North Maps


Far North Maps is the our public geographic information (GIS) system. It is an interactive mapping tool that holds spatial information such as property boundaries, zones, services, and hazards as separate layers. You use Far North Map to:

  • Conduct property and land parcel searches
  • Generate and download property reports with rating information  
  • Print aerial maps showing property boundaries
  • View Far North District Plan zone information
  • Access water, waste and stormwater information
  • Explore topographic layers: place names, lakes, rivers, cycleways, railways
  • Select from a range of aerial photography series collected across the district
  • Identify council and crown reserve land, and kiwi habitats 

It is a great tool to support property owners and prospective buyers; it allows users to overlay different information on any parcel of land in the Far North. Used in conjunction with the operative version of the Far North District Plan, it can give owners and prospective buyers a better understanding of what they can and can’t do on their land.

Common questions

How do I search for a property or a road?

Use the search field to locate a property. You can search using address, legal description or valuation number. If you know where the property is located but not its details, you can search for the road name and/or town, and then zoom in by clicking the + sign on the screen, clicking the + key on your keyboard, or using your mouse wheel.

If you are searching for a road, street or avenue, spell them out in full (not rd, st or ave). The results will appear in the side panel on the left; select whichever one is the closest fit and click to make it populate the main stage.

Far North Maps is not case sensitive.

I want to...

The blue “I want to…” button opens a list of common requests or shortcuts. For example, if you want to print the map you are viewing, generate a property report or return to the initial map extent. Note that to print maps and generate reports, they are produced as PDFs and you will need to allow pop-up boxes in your browser for this to work seamlessly.

Changing layers

The default setting is for the cadastral layer (property boundaries) and the aerial layer to appear. At the bottom of the side panel you will find the layers icon which shows all available layers and allows you to switch them on or off. It’s useful to test the layers by ticking and unticking to see what difference it makes to the map you are seeing in the main stage, and to familiarise yourself with the information provided. Opening too many layers can distort your view.

Where is the legend?

Just above the layers icon you will see a toggle that allows you to switch between layer list and legend (Show Layer List and Show Legend).

District Plan layer

The District Plan layer shows you the zones, any resources on a site and the potential flooding / flood susceptibility data. You will notice that the District Plan Layer has multiple layers within itself. If you select "Show Legend" you will see a list detailing layers that are in operation and the features present.

Hazards layer

The Hazards data available in Far North Maps was current at the time of the District Plan.  For the most current information relating to natural hazards, please refer to the Northland Regional Council’s online map service.

Cadastral layer

This layer includes boundaries for private property, reserve or crown land, and roads. Point information such as title, road names and purpose is associated with these boundary lines. Information is drawn from Land Information New Zealand.

Services layer

The Services layer allows you to see if there are any services on site or if the site has the potential to be reticulated. You will see information on stormwater, council-owned water supply and wastewater. In urban areas, you are advised to select each of these layers independently to get an accurate picture; if they are all switched on, there is often too much information overlaid to understand what you are looking at.

Other map layers

  • Stormwater catchment management maps: the maps show flood potential in urban areas based on weather data, historical records, the existing reticulated drainage network and flood plains
  • Topographic layers: place names, lakes, rivers, railways etc.
  • Aerial photography: this includes both rural and urban aerial photography
  • Kiwi zones: areas of kiwi bird concentration and habitats
  • Contours: 10m contours across the district, 1m in areas where LiDAR has been flown
  • Land and water resources: soils and on-site wastewater modelling for septic tanks
  • Refuse sites: types of refuse dumping at the sites in the District.

Not the same as a LIM

Far North Maps does not constitute a Land Information Memorandum, and must not be relied on for this purpose.

To obtain accurate information relating to legal title, refer to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

A licensed Cadastral Surveyor can provide accurate information relating to property boundaries.

Regional maps

The Northland Regional Council has a comprehensive online maps resource with current information relating to:

You can also access the Regional Policy Statement map, which shows the broad direction for managing Northland’s natural and physical resources – land, water, air, soil, minerals, plants, animals and all build structures in the region. 

Terms of use

  • Far North District Council (FNDC) provides a Far North Maps facility on its website for the use and convenience of its ratepayers, visitors to its site and members of the public generally. It may add to, delete or amend any part of the information given, without notice.
  • FNDC informs all such users that information sought from this site is subject to the terms of use set out herein and if the service is used FNDC will assume that users have agreed to these terms.
  • FNDC owns or is authorised to use the copyright, trademarks and all other intellectual property rights in the maps, information, software, text, graphics and other material displayed or available through the service. Data shown on the site is sourced from several organisations and FNDC holds a sub-licence from Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) for the publication of this information.
  • FNDC does not accept any responsibility for any action taken or omission made as a result of reliance on any part or all of the information contained on the website and is not liable for any financial or other loss resulting from reliance on such information, which is used at the reader’s own risk, nor is it liable for electronically transmitted viruses. 
  • FNDC is not an expert on maps and accordingly is not able to give advice on the information about maps shown on the website. They are not intended to form part of a Land Information Memorandum, Project Information Memorandum or any other statutory process by which FNDC is required to provide information.
  • Information gleaned from the maps on the website should be verified independently by engaging relevant professional advisers.
  • Copyright in the information on the website belongs to FNDC and all rights are reserved. Neither the maps nor the logos may be copied, used or reproduced, nor hyperlinks created, without written permission of FNDC.