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.
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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:
- Open your “Public” folder.
- Upload your GPX or KML file to the public folder.
- 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:
- Open the “Share” tab.
- Expand the “KML / GeoRSS / GPX” advanced options.
- Select the file type you’ll be sharing.
- Paste in the share link you copied from Dropbox.
- 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.
Free LINZ NZTopo50 based Garmin Custom Maps
Garmin Custom Maps for New Zealand are now freely available for download from NZ Topo Map.
Each map sheet is available as an individual kmz formatted Garmin Custom Map download so you can pick and choose the areas you want coverage for.
To get an idea which Garmin devices support Garmin Custom Maps visit their website: http://www.garmin.com/us/products/onthetrail/custommaps
These kmz formatted files can also be used as light weight Google Earth overlays as an alternative to the official heavier LINZ GeoTIFF’s.
To download these Garmin Custom Map files…
Visit NZ Topo Map and search for the location you’re interested in:
Open the downloads tab and click the map sheet you want to download to see the download links:
Once you’ve downloaded the Garmin Custom Map compatible kmz files you want you can copy them to your Garmin device for use off-line: