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Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby tom_b » Sat 14 Jul, 2018 12:10 pm

I just thought I'd write up a quick thing about how I have moved to using maps on my phone. It lets you download any custom area of any map source that you can import into Gaia GPS. I have walked the AAWT, the TA and the GSCW all with this app and all the maps have been free. You only pay some small amount for a yearly subscription.

You can get access to NSW Topo, NT Topo, Tas Topo, Strava Heatmap, NZ Topo, a bunch of quality European topos, and of course all the standard OSM variants which cover the entire world.
Anyway here are the steps:

1. Download Gaia GPS on your phone (Android or iOS).

2. Go to your laptop/computer and go to to Gaiagps.com

3. Create an account and sign in.

4. Go to https://www.gaiagps.com/mapsource/add/ (note you need a premium account for this. However all the maps are free...)

5. Paste this link in for NSW Topo maps: https://maps4.six.nsw.gov.au/arcgis/res ... rver/tile/{z}/{y}/{x}

6. The range 4-16 is suitable. Add a name and then save the map. Note to see the maps on the link you will need to input some coordinates from within NSW (but this isn't necessary).

7. Paste this link for NSW Satellite maps for another custom map: https://maps2.six.nsw.gov.au/arcgis/res ... rver/tile/{z}/{y}/{x}

8. Go back to the main map and select your new Topo maps! Note that you can also create and download areas (or get it to automatically download an area around a gpx file).

Enjoy!

The 'technical' aspect is finding what link (in step 5,7) you need to get. There are some web resources that are useful that are easy to find on google. Just google 'Adding Custom Maps Gaia GPS', or 'Creating Tilejson file for Gaia'.

You can also scan physical maps and then georeference them but that is another post...

I will be away for the next week cycling but can answer questions after that.
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby LachlanB » Sat 14 Jul, 2018 2:09 pm

tom_b wrote:You can get access to (...) NZ Topo

How did you manage to get the NZ Topos? I tried connecting to the file server for them using Motion X, and utterly failed.
(and sorry for the somewhat off topic question)
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby Tyreless » Sat 14 Jul, 2018 3:03 pm

Thanks muchly, tom_b. Worked a charm.
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby tastrax » Sat 14 Jul, 2018 3:11 pm

Try this for NZTopo 50 Gridless

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https://tiles-a.data-cdn.linz.govt.nz/services;key=3197c6d0e5cb494a95d58dc2de3216c2/tiles/v4/layer=2343/EPSG:3857/{z}/{x}/{y}.png
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby ribuck » Sat 14 Jul, 2018 4:48 pm

What happens if your subscription expires in the middle of a thru-walk. Do all your maps suddenly stop working?
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby tastrax » Sat 14 Jul, 2018 5:03 pm

I dont think they do expire at LINZ

https://www.linz.govt.nz/data/linz-data ... an-api-key

The one in the link is from OSM-Labs

https://qms.nextgis.com/geoservices/1260/
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby LachlanB » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 9:01 am

tastrax wrote:Try this for NZTopo 50 Gridless

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https://tiles-a.data-cdn.linz.govt.nz/services;key=3197c6d0e5cb494a95d58dc2de3216c2/tiles/v4/layer=2343/EPSG:3857/{z}/{x}/{y}.png


Thanks, I'll give it a go!

ribuck wrote:What happens if your subscription expires in the middle of a thru-walk. Do all your maps suddenly stop working?


That's one of the reasons I like Motion X on my (i)phone. The subscription cost is a one-off upgrade, and you don't have to pay an extra subscription fee.
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby LachlanB » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 9:02 am

Oops, double post. Sorry.
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby andrewp » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 1:36 pm

tom_b wrote:You can get access to NSW Topo, NT Topo, Tas Topo, Strava Heatmap, NZ Topo


Thanks for the info.

What is the url to use for for NT Topo? Do they also have an interactive mapping website? I've never been able to find one.
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby tom_brennan » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 9:45 pm

For the skinflints, see previous thread on OruxMaps (free) and NSW topo/satellite imagery:
viewtopic.php?f=21&t=21989
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Re: Alternative method for free NSW topo maps (and others)

Postby ribuck » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 1:22 am

tom_brennan wrote:For the skinflints, see previous thread on OruxMaps (free)

I use the paid version of OruxMaps, but...

It's not always about being a skinflint. For offline use, sometimes free software is more reliable than paid software, because it doesn't try to phone home every 30 days to validate a licence key (or whatever).
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