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    Paper Topo maps

    Are people still uses them, and if so what do you use.
    Brought LINZ ones or home printed?
    I used to be a map and compass man with GPS as a backup. But over the last few years I have hardly pulled the maps out as technology has got so much better.
    But I have got to thinking I should practice and keep the old skills alive.
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    Got all of NZ on my ipad, I just print off the area I’m hunting, and mark north on it.
    Laminate it, and you’re away.
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    I've got the whole of NZ in paper 1:50 thous. Bought up big time just before they priced them from $1 each to $9 each (so talking quite a while ago )

    I also have most of the Central plateau in paper 1: 25,000's (1962-63 ish timeframe). Boy there is some info on them that has disappeared off more modern maps ages ago. Heaps of Power project construction tracks, old SH 1 alignments, forestry tracks. etc. But go there and push through the undergrowth and there they are. Very handy for getting in and out of some locations.

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    Just print them off linz and get them laminated. Be sure to write on the Eastings and Northings.0
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    Take LINZ as a backup.

    Mostly use LINZ download GEOTIFF files in Avenza Maps on the phone these days.

    I've also printed specific areas if I know I am going to spend a lot of time in a small area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XR500 View Post
    I've got the whole of NZ in paper 1:50 thous. Bought up big time just before they priced them from $1 each to $9 each (so talking quite a while ago )

    I also have most of the Central plateau in paper 1: 25,000's (1962-63 ish timeframe). Boy there is some info on them that has disappeared off more modern maps ages ago. Heaps of Power project construction tracks, old SH 1 alignments, forestry tracks. etc. But go there and push through the undergrowth and there they are. Very handy for getting in and out of some locations.
    MapsPast | Current and historical topographic maps (topomaps) of New Zealand
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    Only ever used a basic GPS (etrex) to find out where I was on a map. Bit quicker than hiking up a hill and triangulating with a compass and works in valley etc.
    Got a number of linz ones for pre-hunt nosies, generally get a laser print A4 of the target area and laminate, or in a ziploc bag, to actually carry bush.
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    I sometimes print off the ones I need as I can often see what I need to see without putting my glasses on. My GPS i can't read without glasses and I seldom carry my phone since it doesn't work out the back anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Jack View Post
    I sometimes print off the ones I need as I can often see what I need to see without putting my glasses on. My GPS i can't read without glasses and I seldom carry my phone since it doesn't work out the back anyway.
    Me too!

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    If i am going to a new area i end up buying a topo map, then copy and blow up the area am going in to and get it laminated.

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    Thanks some good suggestions there.
    I used to buy a topo map cut it into A4 size pieces and laminate them.
    My next question is how do I print from online to scale (I like my maps at 1:50000 scale - 20mm grid squares)
    Makes taking grid references off map or plotting them on easy.
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    You have 2 options.
    1) Download the map you want off linz. Make another copy and crop the map and adjust the zoom to suit.
    Option 2 is to nztopo online (or something like that) and highlight and print the map you want.
    I like big grid squares as it makes the hills look less steep. ����. Have a play. Making maps of new areas is cool.

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    Don’t waste money laminating. Buy waterproof paper. Lasts for ever and literally can be dunked in a stream and remain perfect.
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    Where do you get water prof paper from & will it go thrany printer

 

 

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