New walking access mapping system now live, opening up spaces for Kiwis
The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has launched an improved version of its free nationwide Walking Access Mapping System to make it even easier for people to identify public access in the outdoors.
The upgrade includes a new-look interface and added functionality that allows those with GPS devices to export data and upload route plans to view against the mapping system’s public access information – something users suggested through a recent survey.
There have also been upgrades to the system’s drawing and measuring tools, which will help people more accurately mark areas on the map and measure distances.
New Zealand Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle said he was delighted with the improvements to the system.
“Many users asked for the export to GPS functionality, along with improvements to the system’s loading speed and drawing and measuring tools. I am pleased that we have delivered on these requests. Other improvements, such as improving the help guide and simplifying the interface, will make for a more user-friendly desktop and mobile experience.
“The upgraded Walking Access Mapping System makes it even easier for people to plan and enjoy excursions in New Zealand’s stunning outdoors.”
Mr Pyle said the Commission strongly encouraged user feedback on the new system.
The Walking Access Mapping System (www.wams.org.nz) is a free website showing publicly accessible land across New Zealand. It displays topographic maps and aerial photography, and includes a built-in ‘enquiry tool’ that allows users to contact the New Zealand Walking Access Commission with queries about access to the outdoors or details of public access issues that need resolving.