This site has been built and is operated by the Informatics and Soils and Landscapes teams at Manaaki Whenua. It allows you to view maps and soils information from some hundred soil-related map layers.

The Data

The Fundamental Soil Layers (FSL) predate and are being replaced by S-map which is considered better quality and more reliable data. However, there is not yet national coverage for S-map, so the FSL still represent best available soils data for significant parts of New Zealand. The FSL contain spatial information for 16 key soil attributes. Each attribute is measurable and is recorded in appropriate units of measure.

The New Zealand Soil Classification (NZSC) classifies soils into orders, groups, and subgroups. This classification grew out of the New Zealand Genetic Soil Classification and, where possible, preserved its useful features. The resulting classification represents the best attempt to classify New Zealand soils at our current state of knowledge.

N.B. The Ross Sea Regions database, (historic and recent soil site and soil pit horizon data from Antarctica), used to be accessible here as a map layer. This layer has been removed from this site and the historic data has been re-compiled, and is now hosted at the Antarctic Soils Explorer. Additional information can be found on the Soils Portal.

How to cite the New Zealand SoilsMapViewer

If you need to cite the New Zealand SoilsMapViewer application in an article or report, please use the following citation:

"Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research 2024. The New Zealand SoilsMapViewer. https://doi.org/10.26060/9vfz-hw43"

Site updated June 2024

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