Aerial Farm Mapping

GPS-it are New Zealand’s farm mapping experts. We’ve been mapping farms since 1998 and we use the latest (fixed wing plane) aerial mapping technology to produce the most accurate farm maps available.

Why you need a GPS-it aerial farm map


At GPS-it we know farms – we’ve been mapping them and farming them for over 20 years. Our field team all come from farming backgrounds, that’s why we know the key to farm mapping is accuracy.


Greater precision means better decisions and an accurate farm map is the foundation of your entire farming operation. Your map adds value across the whole business, from planning to recording, decision support, compliance, health and safety, bench-marking and more. If the effective area of your farm is out by just 10% it could be costing you hundreds of dollars a day in stocking rates and fertiliser costs.

That 10% is the difference between a satellite map and GPS-it farm map. We don’t use satellite images or Google, we fly each farm individually and capture high definition imagery with an accuracy of 30cm horizontal and 60cm vertical to produce your farm map.

Return on investment

A GPS-it farm map is an investment that provides immediate and long-lasting returns and will improve your farm’s productivity and support the decisions you make in the paddock every day.

So, make sure you’re getting the very best out of your land by calling New Zealand’s farm mapping specialists today on 0800 247 748 or get a quote here.

A GPS-it farm map will help you

  • accurately measure crop planning and budgeting
  • understand effective area
  • work out your costs vs income per hectare
  • record and track fertiliser applications
  • allocate stock rates and plan and record movement
  • estimating fencing costs and plan paddock rotation
  • comply with health and safety regulations and identify hazards
  • feed budgeting
  • give an accurate record for selling or purchasing land
  • assist with day-to-day farm management and help staff and contractors understand farm layout

What’s captured on your farm map

Different things are important to different farmers so we customise our maps to fit your needs. A GPS-it farm map provides a highly accurate view of your entire property. We capture your land features with a combination of the aerial imagery and several ground control (survey) points across the farm. This geo-references the imagery to ensure the precision you are after.

Our standard map features are:

  • effective and non-effective areas
  • paddock sizes and bush blocks
  • wells and bore locations
  • buildings, races and troughs
  • overhead power lines (important for low flying top dressing planes)
  • farm entries and exits
  • fenced waterways and drains
  • electric fence switches

Additional features we can include are:

  • hazards for health and safety plans
  • contour lines
  • all types of tracks including vehicle and animal
  • underground water pipes (this information needs to be provided to us)
  • farm planning charts, such as contractor sign in and out, grazing and herd planners and task lists to whiteboards
  • slope analysis

We map it - then we print it

We have a range of products that we can print your map onto, in black and white,
colour with and without imagery.

Tear-off pads – A4 to A3

Our 100-page tear-off pads are regularly used by management, staff and contractors to give clear instructions and directions.

Banners – A4 to A0

Durable synthetic wall banners that are water and tear-resistant and can be written on with whiteboard markers.

Whiteboards – various sizes

Whiteboards are our most popular item. Your farm map whiteboard provides an easy-to use form of  communication.

The process

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with your farm map, rest assured – your job is in the hands of New Zealand’s farm mapping experts.

The beginning

We’ll schedule your job with the pilot and our technical staff will be on board the plane to capture a highly accurate imagery with a specialised camera. Our survey team will take ground control points to make sure the map is GPS referenced.

When we have the images

The data is brought back to the office for processing. Then our GIS technicians take over and add the main features, including paddock sizes and the breakdown of your effective area and non-effective areas.

Making sure you are happy

Once your draft map is ready we’ll ask for your feedback, including any changes or additions and paddock names. When you’re happy we’ll send you a copy of the map and any other items you’ve ordered like whiteboards and map pads.

Sit back and enjoy your map

Knowing that you’re managing your farm effectively - because it’s right in front of you.