North Island

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North Island, New Zealand

latitude: -38.160, longitude: 175.825
Browse map of North Island 38°09′36.00″ S, 175°49′30.00″ E
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North Island is an island in New Zealand at latitude 38°09′36.00″ South, longitude 175°49′30.00″ East.

Welcome to the wiki project New Zealand North Island page - this page is dedicated to helping OSM mappers working on adding content in New Zealand's North Island.

Please be aware there is currently (2011-02) a data import in progress from Land Information New Zealand and the NZ Open GPS project, of all New Zealand roads and other items. See the LINZ project and LINZ_Trial_Import for details on getting involved, or join the nzopengis group (see NZ page).
This should not stop mappers adding any data - we will merge LINZ data around manually mapped items.


Bus stops

There are approximately 9,000 numbered, named bus stops in the Auckland region.
see Tag:highway=bus_stop for more info
To help with public transport routing end enable users to distinguish stops from each other, the ID and preferably the name of the bus stop need to be included:
name=Auckland Zoo

Some stops in Auckland CBD, Newmarket and elsewhere, have an additional letter attached, e.g.: A, B, C, that should go to local_ref=*:
name=Lower Albert Street

Bus stops also have (mostly unposted but used in stop announcements) Māori names, these should be also mapped when known:
name=Lower Albert Street
name:en=Lower Albert Street
name:mi=Taha Whakararo o te Tiriti o Albert
Note that if name:mi=* is added, name:en=* should be added as well, even when it's the same as name=*.

Some bus stops also have a longer official name used on AT website and in AT Mobile app, typically those that have the additional letter, that should be in official_name=*:
name=Lower Albert Street
name:en=Lower Albert Street
name:mi=Taha Whakararo o te Tiriti o Albert
official_name=Stop D Lower Albert Street

See also highway=bus_stop for additional tags that can be added, e.g. shelter=*, bench=* or departures_board=*.

Relations can then be used to collect together all stops for each route, and times added

Māori names

Since 2023, Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland Council) and Auckland Transport started using Māori names in public transport announcements and on the ground, typically on new footway signs and on reserve welcome signs. Most of the names are semi-official (not gazetted) and simple translations of English terms:

English Māori
Avenue Arahāngai
Boulevard ???
Bridge Piriti
Bus Station Teihana Pahi
Bus Stop Tūnga Pahi
Busway Arapahi
Centre Pokapū
Church Hāti
College ???
Corner Kokonga
Crescent Araniko?
Domain ???
Drive Ara Āwhio
Expressway Ara Puaki
Fire Station Teihana ???
Flyover Whitirunga
Golf Course ???
Grove ???
Highway Huarahi Matua
Hospital ???
Kindergarten Kura Pūhou
Lane Arakūiti
Mall (Ngā) Toa Hokohoko
Memorial Drive Ara Āwhio ???
Memorial Park Papa ???
Motorway Ara Whānui
Overbridge ???
Park Papa Rēhia
Place Aramutu
Plaza ???
Police Station Teihana Pirihimana?
Pool Hōpua
Reserve Papa Rāhui
Road Huarahi
Roundabout Porowhawhe
Scenic Reserve Papa ???
School Kura?
School Campus Papa o te Kura
Shop Toa
Shopping Centre Pokapū Hokohoko
Square ???
Station Teihana
Stop Tūnga
Street Tiriti
Temple Temepara
Terrace Parehua
Town Centre Pokapū Tāone
Track Ara
Transport Centre Pokapū Ikiiki
Way Ara?

??? translation unknown or incomplete
? translation uncertain
translation from Waka Kotahi
Waka Kotahi uses Pokapū ā-Tāone

All these should be Te <phrase> o <name>, or in plural (e.g. Shops) Ngā <phrase> o <name> (signs on the ground typically omit Te for brevity, just like they use Dr for Drive, but it should be included in OSM). The name itself is rarely translated, even when that makes no sense, e.g. King Street is Te Tiriti o King, New North Road is Te Huarahi o New North, and Rainbow Bridge is Te Piriti o Rainbow, but there are some exceptions listed below. Sometimes, this simple translation is used even when the feature itself has an official Māori name, and some names are translated differently, e.g. Victoria Park itself is Waiatarau but Victoria Park bus stop is Te Papa Rēhia o Wikitōria.

Corners are pronounced with “mā” in buses but should be written with a slash in OSM:
written: Te Tiriti o Church / Te Tiriti o Wikitōria
pronounced: Te Tiriti o Church mā Te Tiriti o Wikitōria

Names that are translated:

English Māori
Mount Eden Maungawhau
Mount Roskill Pukewīwī
North Shore ???
Victoria Wikitōria

Cardinal direction suffixes are translated:

English Māori
North kei te Raki
South kei te Tonga
East kei te Rāwhiti
West kei te Hauāuru
Central Waengapū?

For example, Customs Street West is Te Tiriti o Customs kei te Hauāuru. Cardinal directions in the name proper are not translated, e.g. East Street is Te Tiriti o East and Great North Road is Te Huarahi o Great North.

Additionally, prefixes Upper and Lower are translated:

English Māori
Upper … Taha Whakarunga o …
Lower … Taha Whakararo o …

For example, Upper Queen Street is Taha Whakarunga o te Tiriti o Queen.

Some additional names:

English Māori
Northern Busway Te Arapahi Raki
Eastern Busway Te Arapahi Rāwhiti

Beware that some signs from before late 2023 contain typos (Haurahi* instead of Huarahi) or omit tohutō (Ara Awhio* instead of Ara Āwhio, even partially like Orākei* instead of Ōrākei).

These translations are specific to Auckland and should not be used in other parts of the country. Waka Kotahi has some translations for the whole country (e.g. motorway te ara whānui) but the list is pretty short.

Bay Of Plenty

Some Roads (SH2, some city streets, some rural roads)

Mayor Island aka Tuhua is missing. It is off the coast of Waihi. It can be seen on the cycle map by looking at the SRTM-generated contours

Tauranga City

Most secondary roads in Tauranga complete plus some of the Avenues.


Some Roads (SH2,parts of SH35,some city streets)

Hawke's Bay



Some walking and tourist ways/nodes around tongariro. Attribution MAF


Some roads and walking tracks around Whangerei heads (?). Lots of roads in whangerei



New Plymouth

New Plymouth only few major roads

Mount Taranaki/Mount Egmont

[1] major hiking tracks mapped


Now we have high-res yahooo imagery here, there is some excellent tracing around hamilton, needs more naming of the streets though.


Lots to do to fill in the roads and tracks that have not been mapped. Current work focused on South Wairarapa area around the Carterton area. Holes being filled slowly


Wellington city

Roads completed

  • Wellington Central
  • Te Aro
  • Mt Victoria
  • Oriental Bay
  • Mt Cook

Wellington Walkways

  • City to Sea Walkway - completed
  • Hataitai to City Walkway - completed
  • Southern Walkway - completed
  • Lookout Walkway - completed
  • Skyline Walkway - to do
  • Northern Walkway - to do
  • Eastern Walkway - to do


Roads are mostly completed now. Plenty of work remains for marking parks, reserves, paths, amenities and so forth.

Porirua Walkways

I think this is where things are for walkways and parks in the Porirua area... I will try and focus on these over the next few months.


  • Spinnaker Lookout - may redo this one once I've got a GPS trace rather than just Yahoo aerial image
  • Whitby Walkway
  • The Village Walkway
  • Adventure Park Walkway
  • Aotea Lagoon
  • Colonial Knob Walkway
  • Whitireia Park
  • Taua Tapu Track
  • The Quarterdeck Walkway

Nearly complete

  • Samwell Drive Reserve and The Big Tree I think I may have this route marked but not named. Not sure where the Kahikatea is though.
  • The Skyline Route - Missing the South West
  • Camborne Walkway - missing a few access paths
  • Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve - mostly done - couple of ponds may be missing

To do

  • The Crows Nest Lookout - missing, but I'm sure I've got a GPS trace of this somewhere!
  • Carvel Lane Walkway
  • Ara Harakeke Pathway - Think this may run alongside the train track for it's whole length.
  • Bothamley Park
  • Spicer Botanical Park and Reservoirs
  • Te Araroa Route - Pukerua Bay –> Porirua -> Wellington


Lower Hutt

Steady progress.

Upper Hutt

Occasional additions being made.