Photo Library

Aerial Surveys has an extensive photographic library that contains images dating back to the 1950s.  Prior to 2007 Aerial Surveys also owned the renowned Whites Aviation photographic library which has now been taken over by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.  Aerial Surveys has extensive knowledge of the contents of this library and can assist in tracing historical photography dating back to pre 1900’s.

In recent years the historical regional photography has become increasingly important for both carbon accounting as well as environmental management.  The imagery is used for a wide range of purposes including mapping land use change, urban spread, coastal and foreshore erosion monitoring, polution mapping and environmental monitoring.

Our library exceeds 300,000 images captured with film based cameras and a further +120,000 images captured with our digital mapping camera.  This imagery incorporates aerial photography covering most of New Zealand including both urban and rural imagery of various resolutions.  In addition all digital imagery captured using our Vexcel UltraCam camera includes Near Infrared or a combination of RGB and NIR imagery.

If you would like more information or would like to find out what historical imagery we have available please send your email to

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