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NZ Topo Map app for Windows Phone

NZ Topo Map is available as an app for Windows Phone:

NZ Topo Map for Windows Phone

The app has lots of useful features, but probably the most valuable is the ability to take the NZ topos offline with you when you go bush. Sections of map can be downloaded individually, or you can download the entire North or South Island so you always have the complete topo map available on-hand whenever you want.

Top tip: Turn flight mode on when you’re in the bush without a cell signal, you’re battery will last a lot longer! You can still use GPS for tracking while flight mode is on.

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Winners of the Christmas Pressie Hunt

The prize draw has now been made and the winners contacted. It’s now my pleasure to announce the winners of the Christmas Pressie Hunt on NZ Topo Map

Zane Fryer from Onerahi won the McMurdo Fast Find 211 Personal Locator Beacon

Shane Hunt from Auckland won the $250 Bivouac Outdoor Shopping Spree

Nicky Armstrong from Westport,
Leigh Quadling-Miernik from Auckland,
Michelle Conder also from Auckland
all won Osprey Raptor 6 Packs

Pearce Carey from Benneydale,
Josh Sullivan from Dunedin,
Dan Roberts from Auckland
all won Camelbak Hydration Packs

Tim Wiel from Waihola,
Bill Krippner from Auckland,
Dave McFadzien from Gore,
Andrew Scott from Christchurch,
Clare Macintosh from Auckland,
all won Wilderness Magazine subscriptions

Ryan Evison from Wellington,
Bradley Amos from Tauranga
both won MapToaster for PC + GPS bundles

Congratulations to all the winners! And thanks to everyone who expressed their enjoyment taking part in the Christmas Pressie Hunt, as well as the generous sponsors who provided all the great prizes and made it all possible!

The sponsors have now been informed of the winners and will be sending the prizes directly.

The sponsors:

The Last 10 Prize Locations Revealed (41 - 50)

A big thanks to the great sponsors who provided the prizes to make the Christmas Pressie Hunt possible:

And thanks to everyone who had fun taking part, hopefully they’ll be more prize hunts to come! Generous sponsors willing ;)

Here’s final batch of hidden pressies - 41 to 50 for all those that are curious…


41: Bluff


42: Moeraki Boulders

Maori legend tells that the boulders are remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe, the Araiteuru was wrecked at nearby Shag Point (Matakaea).


43: Te Aumiti (French Pass)

Apparently this fact is wrong, so sorry about that! Always a good idea to check sources found on the internet ;)


44: Split Apple Rock


45: Waikato River


46: Lake Rotomahana

The Pink and White Terraces now under Lake Rotomahana.


47: Gisborne


48: Ballroom Overhang by the Fox River

Ballroom Overhang Track.


49: Whakaari / White Island

White Island has the honour of being New Zealand’s most continuously active volcano during the last 40 years.


50: Herrick Creek in Fiordland

The last confirmed sighting of a Fiordland moose was by Robin Francis Smith, who photographed a moose cow at Herrick Creek in 1952.


Hope you all had fun hunting for the pressies, it was certainly fun coming up with the clues!

I’m still waiting for some of the prize winners to get back in contact with me. Once they’ve all been contacted they’ll be announced here.

Prize Locations Revealed (31 - 40)

A big thanks to the great sponsors who provided the prizes to make the Christmas Pressie Hunt possible:

Here’s the next batch of hidden pressies, 31 to 40 for all those that are curious…


31: Bivouac Outdoor product link to Middle of Nowhere

The clue lead to a product on our Bivouac Outdoor sponsors website, which provided a link to the hidden pressie on NZ Topo Map:
Cactus Supertrouser WK

 


32: Bivouac Outdoor product link to Middle of Nowhere

The clue lead to a product on our Bivouac Outdoor sponsors website, which provided a link to the hidden pressie on NZ Topo Map:
Silva Expedition S Compass

 


33: Bivouac Outdoor product link to Middle of Nowhere

The clue lead to a product on our Bivouac Outdoor sponsors website, which provided a link to the hidden pressie on NZ Topo Map:
Arc’teryx Men’s Alpha SV Pro Shell Jacket

 


34: Bivouac Outdoor product link to Middle of Nowhere

The clue lead to a product on our Bivouac Outdoor sponsors website, which provided a link to the hidden pressie on NZ Topo Map:
Asolo Men’s TPS 535 V Full Grain Leather Wide Boot

 


35: Flock Hill


36: Poor Knights Islands


37: Paeroa

The giant L&P bottle in it’s home town.


38: Te Puke’s Giant Kiwifruit


39: Christmas Flat Hut

As mentioned in the article on page 18 of the December edition of Wilderness Magazine. You didn’t need to buy the magazine as it was mentioned in the issues table of contents given on Wilderness Magazine’s website.

 


40: North Cape’s Surville Cliffs


Next lot’s the last 10!

Prize Locations Revealed (21 - 30)

A big thanks to the great sponsors who provided the prizes to make the Christmas Pressie Hunt possible:

Here’s the next batch of hidden pressies, 21 to 30 for all those that are curious…


21: Stewart Island

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22: Harwoods Hole

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23: Fox Glacier

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24: Napier

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25: Near Cloudy Range

Shown in a screenshot on one of the sponsors, MapToaster’s website.

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26: Pancake Rocks near Punakaiki

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27: Mount Taranaki / Mount Egmont

Used as a stand-in for Mt Fuji in the movie The Last Samuri.

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28: Tukino skifield, Mt Ruapehu

Location used as the Gates of Mordor in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

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29: Bivouac Outdoor product link to Middle of Nowhere

The clue lead to a product on our Bivouac Outdoor sponsors website, which provided a link to the hidden pressie on NZ Topo Map:
GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition Camera

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30: Rotorua

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Only 20 more to go, phew!

Prize Locations Revealed (11 - 20)

A big thanks to the great sponsors who provided the prizes to make the Christmas Pressie Hunt possible:

Where pressies 11 - 20 were hidden for all those that are curious…


11: Mt. Christmas

Provided as an example on the pressie hunt instructions content.

 


12: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu


13: Ross


14: Christchurch


15: Xmas Flat

Shown here in a post on tumblr introducing the Christmas Pressie Hunt.

 


16: Hobbiton


17: Moa Farm


18: Oamaru

New Zealand’s home of Steampunk.


19: Aoraki / Mount Cook


20: Akaroa

Prize Locations Revealed (1 - 10)

Congratulations to all those that played the Christmas Pressie Hunt and found some or all(!) of the prizes. It was awesome to see how many of you were having great fun with the pressie hunt.

A big thanks to the great sponsors who provided the prizes to make it all possible:

Now it’s all over it’s safe to reveal where all the pressies were hidden for all those that are curious…


1: Maori Rock Carvings at at Okuta Bay, near Taupo

Maori Rock Carvings at at Okuta Bay, near Taupo


2: Fossil Forest at Curio Bay

Fossil Forest at Curio Bay


3: Taylors Mistake, near Christchurch

Taylors Mistake, near Christchurch


4: Middle of nowhere in Raukumara Range

A bit of a tricky on this one requiring Windows 7 and IE 9 or a bit of html digging.

Pinned NZ Topo Map Middle of nowhere in Raukumara Range


5: Raurimu Spiral railway line

Raurimu Spiral railway line


6: St. Kilda Beach Shark Bell, Dunedin

St. Kilda Beach Shark Bell, Dunedin


7: Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves


8: Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu


9: Bivouac Outdoor Store in Hamilton

Bivouac Outdoor store in Hamilton Bivouac Outdoor store in Hamilton


10: Waipukurau

aka Waikikamukau / “Why kick a moo-cow”

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The winners will be announced once they have been contacted and notified.

Christmas Pressie Hunt!

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Christmas is almost upon us again, so it’s time for a bit of fun!

Santa’s hidden some great pressies all over New Zealand, can you find them? Search the Topo50 map series and see how many you can find to be in with a chance to to win some great prizes!

Get searching!

The prizes up for grabs:

McMurdo Fast Find 211 Personal Locator Beacon$250 Shopping Spree (Gift Certificate)Osprey Packs (Raptor 6)Camelbak Hydration Packs - HydrobakCamelbak Hydration Packs - FairfaxCamelbak Hydration Packs - ClassicWilderness Magazine subscriptionMapToaster for PC + GPS bundle

1 × McMurdo Fast Find 211 Personal Locator Beacon
1 × $250 Bivouac Outdoor Shopping Spree (Gift Certificate)
3 × Osprey Packs (Raptor 6)
3 × Camelbak Hydration Packs (Fairfax, Classic & Hydrobak)
5 × Wilderness Magazine subscription
2 × MapToaster for PC + GPS bundle

Thanks to our very generous sponsors:

Bivouac Outdoor

Wilderness Magazine

MapToaster

McMurdo

The pressie hunt will run from 6 Nov 2012 until 6 Jan 2013. So what are you waiting for? Get searching for those pressies!

Share your KML / GPX files on NZ Topo Map

NZ Topo Map allows you to overlay your own KML and GPX files on to the map. Handy for sharing your latest tramping adventure route recorded on your GPS device or sharing a route you’ve planned out for an upcoming trip.

For example, here’s a GPX file someone has recorded of the Heaphy Track:


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Unfortunately NZ Topo Map can’t share files sitting on your C: drive as they’re private to you, they need to be sitting somewhere on the internet. Some people are lucky enough to have a bit of free web space somewhere they can use, but for those of you that don’t there are a number of services that will host files for you for free. One of my favourites in Dropbox.

Here’s the simple steps to upload your file to Dropbox:

Dropbox public file upload and sharing

  1. Open your “Public” folder.
  2. Upload your GPX or KML file to the public folder.
  3. Right-click the file to “Copy public link” that you can then use in NZ Topo Map.

Once you have your file publicly available on the internet you can then share it on NZ Topo Map:

Share KML / GPX file on NZ Topo Map instructions

  1. Open the “Share” tab.
  2. Expand the “KML / GeoRSS / GPX” advanced options.
  3. Select the file type you’ll be sharing.
  4. Paste in the share link you copied from Dropbox.
  5. Copy the link created in “Paste link in email or IM” to share with your friends. You can also use “Preview share link” below it to make sure it’s working correctly.