They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this is certainly the case with aerial photography. Dating back to 1936 and with over 900,000 photographs from 76 years of continuous acquisition NZAM houses New Zealand’s largest aerial photography library.
With the country’s land area photographed many times over it provides a window into the past. Public and private sector studies can compare site histories, changes in vegetation and landscape, archaeology and geology making this archive a valuable resource for many.
Photographic coverage includes many of New Zealand’s offshore islands, South Pacific islands and Antarctica. As well the library includes the LINZ aerial film collection from New Zealand’s national mapping programme.
While the majority of photographs are vertical a large collection of new and historical oblique aerial photographs can be accessed including a collection of early 20th century Lovell-Smith photographs.