The digital soil map for New Zealand

S-map is the new national soils database. When completed, it will provide a seamless digital soil map coverage for New Zealand. S-map is designed to be applied at any scale from farm to region to nation.

The current extent of the S-map survey is shown on the map to the left.

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View the map Regional factsheets


What is S-map?

Existing soil databases are patchy in scale, age and quality. Many maps do not adequately describe the underlying properties of the soil types they represent. S-map integrates existing reports and digital information and updates soil maps where existing data are of low quality. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, quantitative soil information to support sustainable development and scientific modelling.

Service database last updated: 04 February 2016.

What is S-map Online?

Using S-map online you can:

S-map Online Service Status

As of June 30th the soil properties required for the OVERSEER® Nutrient Budget model have removed from the factsheets. See About - Changes.