Blog Update March 2017: The Final Stretch, 7 Maps 7 Days

Those who know me personally are aware that I’ve been working hard on my Master’s thesis (more info) since early last year. I’m glad to say that after all this time, it’s nearly finished! With luck, I’ll be submitting my completed thesis on the 26th March. I must admit I have mixed feelings. Glad, because freedom is just around the corner, but anxious about the pressure of it all coming together on time!

Naturally, time constraints meant that there hasn’t been much time for new projects on The Map Kiwi as of late but hopefully, this will change soon after I finish. Here are a few projects I’ve got lined up:

NZ EV Charging Map

I’ve always wanted to learn how to make my own web maps, so I’ve got an electric vehicle themed web map coming up showing all the places in New Zealand that you can fast charge your electric vehicle (EV). I’m a big fan of electric vehicles, so I’m using it as a project to learn more about how to code web maps from scratch. It’s quite a change from the static maps that I usually make!

A quick work in progress screenshot:

I hope to add some extra layer controls, and extra information about future and planned EV Fast Charger locations, as well as some ‘coverage’ areas for each – contours representing the driving distance to the chargers – useful information if you need to know how much battery range you need to reach one.

7 Maps in 7 Days

Another idea that’s been floating around is to try a 7 Maps, 7 Days challenge after the thesis is out of the way. The aim is to create a new map every 24 hours over the course of a week and share it on the site. It’d certainly be a great way to improve my skills under pressure and on a range of different maps.

What sort of maps would you want to see me make in this challenge?
Where would the be? What would they be about? How would they be made?

Send me your ideas here or on the Facebook page. I might just award a free map print to the person with the best idea! 🙂

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New postcards have arrived!

New postcards have arrived!

A new package full of Map Kiwi designed postcards has arrived, including a recent design which look great!

Below is the colourful Christchurch Property Map, now in postcard form.

The iconic New Zealand Metro Map, in postcard form:


Both of these postcards are now in stock from the store individually. If you’re interested in bulk amounts, please get in touch.

Check them out on The Map Kiwi Store here! I hope to have these in a few retailers in the near future, so stay tuned!

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Colourful Property Boundary City Maps

A colleague recently shared with me this map of the US counties that was surprisingly colourful and intricate. I thought I'd have a go at making a similar map for Christchurch and Wellington, this time taking property parcel boundaries from Land Information New Zealand and applying a random colour ramp to the data. This has the effect of artistically representing every single property parcel in the area in random colours, while leaving the roads white and well contrasted.

I think they looks pretty cool, and I hope you do as well! Check out the results below.

Interested in prints of these maps? You can get the Christchurch one here, or let me know using the contact form or on The Map Kiwi Facebook page!



Larger versions covering a larger area of each city are below:

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Christmas discounts on The Map Kiwi Store!

What a year it's been, and it seems that Christmas is already upon us. To celebrate the holiday season, a number of products on The Map Kiwi Store are being discounted for the next 6 days (December 11th - 16th)! Remember to order soon if you want it to arrive before Christmas!

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Look no further than these great prices on State Highway Metro Map posters and t-shirts! A smaller A2 poster print is also now available as an option.

For a beautiful map design, why not get the Christchurch Typography map? It looks great on any wall.

A few of my other maps are also discounted for the holidays:


Separate New Zealand State Highway poster prints are now available for special order. Since these are printed on demand, they'll take a little longer to be processed. These individual maps also feature State Highway shield labels, making it easier to identify routes.

Once again, I'd like to thank everyone that has shown their support for The Map Kiwi this year, and I look forward to creating many more maps in 2017! Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the latest.

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A new typography map and a new store!

Some exciting news - the New Zealand Metro Maps are now for sale right here on my own site! I've just launched the Kiwimapper Store, where you can get poster prints of not only the New Zealand Metro map, but other maps such as the Highways of Australia Metro map and my various terrain maps.

It also contains a brand new map I've recently created - a typography map of Christchurch's streets.


It represents the layout of Christchurch using only street name type, with major thoroughfares taking bolder prominence over smaller ones. I also included parks, railway lines and waterways; if you look carefully you should be able to see the Avon River meander along the path it takes from the west to the east through the city.

If you like this, or any of my other work, you can get prints from the store below.

I greatly appreciate the huge amount of support that I've had since I started making my maps available, and I don't intend to stop!

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The Great New Zealand Road Trip – Story Map


For the New Zealand Esri User Conference Story Map competition, I created a story map that takes you on a tourist sightseeing tour along New Zealand’s State Highway 1 from Cape Reinga to Bluff, highlighting the points of interest along the way.

You can check it out by clicking here.

Story Map Thumbnail

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Blog Update – August 2016

Hey guys, a few personal updates from me.

I will be giving talks at the GeoCart Cartography conference in Wellington at the end of August! I’ll be talking about creating the State Highway Metro Maps, procrastination mapping and my experiences as a student cartographer. I’ll also be giving a talk about my thesis topic: ‘Gaining Insights into Public Transport Passenger Satisfaction Using Crowdsourced Information’. Public speaking instills a lot of nerves, so fingers crossed it goes well! A big thanks to Land Information New Zealand for supporting my travel to GeoCart.

On a different note, I’ve heard that making commitments to goals publically provides much more motivation to actually achieve it. I’ve never really been satisfied with my ability to program in Python, so here I am; committing to an hour a day improving my Python programming (for those interested, I’m using Learn Python the Hard Way as a starting point).

Lastly, feel free to share any ideas for cool maps, as my procrastination mapping has reached an alarming low. Time for a new project I think!

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Identify the city from the blank street map: Kiwi Edition!

Identify the city from the blank street map: Kiwi Edition!

The Guardian recently featured Gretchen Peterson’s City Maps: A Coloring Book For Adults (a pretty awesome piece of cartography!) with a quiz to guess the locations of global cities from a blank street map. New Zealand wasn’t featured sadly, so I decided to create my own kiwi rendition.

How well do you know the layouts of New Zealand’s cities and towns? See if you can identify the location of each of the fifteen blank colouring maps below. Continue reading →

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New Zealand Metro Map and Prints for Sale!

I’ve had an overwhelming response to my South Island Metro map, and a lot of requests for the North Island as well. I’m happy to say that it’s finally here! I’m also excited to announce that print versions of these maps will be available!

Update: You can now get the full New Zealand design as a poster print (along with my other maps) and on t-shirts on my very own store, The Map Kiwi! To visit the store, click the button or have a browse of the products below.



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