Project Information & Content


Project Information

The pages listed below provide general information about the project and feeds you can follow to keep up with new content being released in the project. The Blog and Facebook page provide more or less the same content. The Facebook group provides for discussions about the project and related topics. The Site Updates page lists new posts made on the Blog.


Project Content

Project content is organised by volumes. There are twelve volumes for maps and diagrams. There is also a section that contains global data such as the keys that all the maps use. Most volumes are structured around a main line with its branches except for one volume that is two major branches and their branches.

Global Map Keys & Data

Volume 1 – North Auckland Line

North Auckland Line • Okaihau Branch • Opua Branch • Bays of Islands Vintage Railway • Kaihu Branch • Dargaville Branch • Onerahi Branch • Riverhead Branch • Marsden Point Corridor

Volume 2 – North Island Main Trunk

North Island Main Trunk • Newmarket Branch • Onehunga Branch • Manukau Branch • Mission Bush Branch • Waiuku Branch • Glenbrook Vintage Railway • Glen Afton Branch • Pukemiro Line • Wilton Collieries Line • Raetihi Branch • Foxton Branch • Johnsonville Branch

Volume 3 – East Coast Main Trunk

East Coast Main Trunk • Goldfields Railway • Pokeno-Paeroa Corridor • Cambridge Branch • Waitoa / Thames Branch • Kinleith Branch • Rotorua Branch • Mt Maunganui Branch • Taneatua Branch • Murupara Branch • Matahina Tramway

Volume 4 – Marton New Plymouth Line

Marton New Plymouth Line • Stratford Okahukura Line • Wanganui Branch • Waitara Branch • Egmont Branch • Kapuni / Opunake Branch

Volume 5 – Palmerston North Gisborne Line

Palmerston North Gisborne Line • Makaraka / Moutohora Branch • Ngatapa Branch • Ahuriri Branch • Gisborne-Opotiki Corridor • Gisborne City Vintage Railway

Volume 6 – Wairarapa Line

Wairarapa Line • Greytown Branch • Rimutaka Incline Railway • Gracefield Branch • Hutt Park Railway • Silver Stream Railway

Volume 7 – Nelson Section

Nelson Section • Gowanbridge-Murchison Corridor • Nelson 1960 Proposal • Founders Park Railway • Grand Tapawera Railroad Co

Volume 8 – Stillwater Ngakawau Line

Stillwater Ngakawau Line • Seddonville Branch • Conns Creek Branch • Cape Foulwind Branch • Blackball Branch

Volume 9 – Midland Line

Midland Line • Whitecliffs Branch • Rewanui Branch • Rapahoe Branch • Hokitika / Ross Branch • Shantytown

Volume 10 – Main North Line

Main North Line • Blenheim Riverside Railway • Waiau Branch • Weka Pass Railway • Oxford Branch • Eyreton Branch

Volume 11 – Main South Line

Main South Line • Ferrymead Railway • Southbridge Branch • Little River Branch / Rail Trail • Methven Branch • Springburn Branch • Plains Railway • Fairlie Branch • Pleasant Point Railway • Waimate Branch • Kurow Branch • Ngapara Branch • Tokarahi Branch • Moeraki Branch • Shag Point Branch • Dunback Branch • Makareao Branch • Port Chalmers Branch • Walton Park Branch • Fernhill Branch • Outram Branch • Roxburgh Branch • Kaitangata Collieries Line • Catlins River Branch • Tapanui Branch • Waimea Plains Railway • Waikaia Branch • Waikaka Branch • Glenham Branch • Seaward Bush Branch • Bluff Branch

Volume 12 – Otago Central Branch / Kingston Branch

Otago Central Branch • Taieri Branch • Taieri Gorge Railway • Otago Central Rail Trail • Kingston Branch • Wairio Branch • Ohai Board Railway • Tuatapere Branch • Browns Branch • Mossburn Branch • Kingston Flyer


About New Zealand Rail Maps

The New Zealand Rail Maps project is creating large scale detailed topographical maps of the national railway network of New Zealand. It is an unofficial successor to the “New Zealand Railway and Tramway Atlas” as well as a number of publications and projects which have aimed to increase knowledge of the history of railway development in New Zealand. The project began in February 2008 and originally used Google Earth to produce content, but since mid 2012 we have used the QGIS software package to author our maps.

The NZ Rail Maps website and all of the NZ Rail Maps content are managed by Patrick Dunford with assistance from various rail communities and drawing on various other resources which provide reference content for the production of the maps. Primary map content is currently hosted on Google Photos and is designed to be downloadable for offline use and to be easily navigable on computers and handheld devices. Some content is also available in PDF document format for download and printing.

We would especially like to acknowledge the following communities and other organisations which have provided content, encouragement or other support to the project:

  • NZ Rail Heritage Community Online Signalling & Interlocking Diagram Database
  • Archives New Zealand, National Library, and DigitalNZ website.
  • Linz Data Service
  • Local Government Geospatial Alliance (Retrolens Site – hosted by Abley NZ)
  • Chat Club Facebook Community
  • Campaign for Better Transport Online Community
  • NZ Rail Geography Online Community
  • Railway Historical Group, NZ Railfans, New Zealand Locomotives and Locomotives of New Zealand Facebook Communities
  • Watts Publications / Steve Watts
  • NZ Railway and Tramway Atlas / Quail Map Co.
  • NZ Railway and Locomotive Society
  • Public Transport Users Association NZ (particularly Canterbury branch)
  • Canterbury Railway Society
  • Hillview Christian School
  • C3 Church Christchurch
  • Qgis Software Development Community
  • Kiwirail Ltd
  • Rail Heritage Trust

The New Zealand Rail Maps project is dedicated to the glory of God.