We’ve compiled a list of useful resources including software, data, training and other useful GIS-related links to help get you started:


  • The Esri Conservation Program provides grants for ArcGIS software for not-for-profit organisations involved in conservation efforts in New Zealand.  For more information, and to apply for a grant online, please visit the Esri Conservation Program
  • Not ready for your own software just yet, then talk to GIS in Conservation about hosting your organisations data and content in our ArcGIS Online account.
  • Free GIS – also check out QGIS and Google Mymaps which are available at no cost. 



  • New Zealand Basemaps from Eagle Technology make easy work of locating user-friendly base layer data upon which to layer your own data.  Options include an imagery basemap, topographic basemap, community basemap, canvas dark basemap, and canvas light basemap.
  • Esri World Ocean Basemap includes 250m bathymetry for New Zealand, and 20m Cook Strait bathymetry, from NIWA.

Links to other data:


Esri ArcGIS self-paced online training is free with your software maintenance, visit e-learning to get started.

Eagle Technology offer discounts on instructor-led ArcGIS training course for not-for-profit conservation groups, visit their training website for details or contact Eagle for more information.

Esri Press has published a number of useful tutorial books, these can often be included (in a limited number) with your Esri Conservation Grant application.  These books are also available for purchase on Amazon.

Other useful links:

New Zealand Esri User Group (NZEUG) represents the community of Esri’s ArcGIS users in New Zealand and host a number of (free to attend) regional GIS meetings around the country in March/April each year.  They also publish a list of available GIS jobs, host a GIS Forum, and provide other useful information for GIS users in New Zealand.


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