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WARNING to Dim Tourists

Posted by te2ataria on March 1, 2010

Bring Your own Map!

IF you are visiting New Zealand despite the deadly chemical pollution, poisonous food and our famous death roads …

Your life is at risk not just because of the factors listed above, but “potentially deadly mistakes” that have a habit of creeping into our maps. Here’s one instance of how things are done here in New Zealand:

The latest batch of Topo50 maps, which are the official topographic map series used by New Zealand emergency services, and available to trampers and hunters, have been printed with tracks that have never existed or no longer exist, tracks put on the map in the wrong place, or tracks included that are no longer deemed safe to use, the Manawatu Tramping Club says.

Chief guide Kim Fraser discovered the maps were wrong when she took some groups through the eastern side of the Ruahine Range.

One of the main safety hazards she noticed was poled routes being shown as tramping tracks.

“Poled routes are generally on the tops above the treeline and alpine skills are needed at certain times of the year, under certain weather and track conditions. Sound navigational skills are also most certainly needed under some weather conditions as this can make the route impossible to navigate without them, even with sparsely placed poles along the route.”

She wants people to contact the Department of Conservation immediately if they know of any other errors so a corrections list can be made and sent to Land Information New Zealand, which produces the maps.

“Maps should not be wrong. It was just lucky with the groups I took out that I had the old maps on me as well.”

Department area manger Jason Roxburgh said the new maps had been created using the same technology as that used in GPS systems, mostly created by aerial photos.

“If people find mistakes in new ones, let us know.” More …

The manager might have grinned when he uttered the final sentence, adding in a murmur … “that’s if you make it back to town alive.”

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