Your iPhone or iPad becomes a superb GPS receiver with New Zealand and Australia topo maps, even where there is no cell signal!

Headed into the wilderness? Buy this app now so you will always know where you're going, where you are & where you've been. The highest quality track recording, the best route navigation, & the most accurate Estimated Time of Arrival of any available tramping app. No sign-up, ads, subscription or in-app purchase required, making this less expensive & less hassle than the “free” apps.

Use for tramping, biking, skiing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, hiking, trekking, & 4WD exploring.


Record a track as you walk, even in the backgroound. View it on the map. Trip Timer & Odometer.

Show an elevation graph of your track or a route with altitude data. View date, time & average speed of track points. Display the area inside a closed path.

Mark waypoints by their position on a map, by tapping a geotagged photo, by projecting from a known point, or by searching place names. Choose from a selection of waypoint icons. Refine a waypoint position when you arrive.

Set a quick GoTo waypoint or a full route & see the heading, direction, distance, elevation change & Estimated Time of Arrival at your destination & intermediate waypoints along the trail.

Create routes using waypoints, recorded tracks, or imported GPX or KML files. Advanced route editing.

Export GPX & KML waypoint, route & track files via eMail, Messages, Copy To, AirDrop, iCloud Drive, Dropbox or iTunes.

Import files using a custom URL scheme.

Send KML files to display immediately in Google Earth. Receive KML files from Google Earth.

GPS+Glonass satellites and Barometric Pressure Sensor improve accuracy in challenging terrain & reduce elevation data noise on iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 & later.


Official Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) 50,000:1 & 250,000:1 scale maps.

Official Geoscience Australia 250,000:1 scale maps. (No smaller scale maps for Australia).

Stitches beautiful high resolution offline topographic map images for seamless coverage across map boundaries.

Includes map legends.

Store a few maps or maps for an entire country (including NZ off-shore islands) to use anytime in the wilderness without cell service. Maps from our server have a shorter download time and use less of your monthly data allotment.

Print and Share map images overlaid with waypoints, routes & tracks.

Measure distance between any two points.


Kilometers, Miles, or Nautical Miles. Meters or Feet

Degrees, Degrees/Minutes, Degrees/Minutes/Seconds, UTM, or NZTM2000 grid

°True or °Magnetic


Tap Help in the App.

Online Manual on

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“This app saved my life! * * * * *

This app was downloaded, while lost in the Kaimai Ranges. GPS quickly located position, app quickly (ish) downloaded the relevant NZ topo map. From there easily identified position on the map. Outcome, life saved. And my mates who by this stage was getting all girly about it all. Best app ever!!!” - Jk9624 on the UK App Store


No device requires a cellular data plan to use iHikeGPS NZ.

Recommended: the iPhone 4S or later, & the 4th or later generation iPads with WiFi+Cellular support full navigation.

Usable: the iPad 2 & 3rd generation iPad with WiFi+Cellular support full navigation except for map stitching.

The WiFi-only iPad 2 & later, and the iPod touch (5th gen) & later require an iOS-compatible external GPS receiver to show your location in the wilderness and to record tracks. View maps using the iOS device alone.

Continued Use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Your dream of tramping adventures reaches new heights with iHike GPS NZ!

What's New

Version 8.2.1

Move Waypoints visually on the map screen.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings



If you frequently get into the back country, where there's no cellular signal, this is the only app I know of which can track your location and show you where you are. If you keep your phone on airplane mode, so it doesn't go flat looking for a signal, it'll last all day with this on. Getting maps into it is a bit tricky (turn automatic screen locking off while you do it) and screen refresh can be a bit laggy, but when it counts this app is a lifesaver.

Developer Response

Recent versions of iHikeGPS NZ turn off automatic screen locking while maps are downloading, so this old issue no longer makes getting maps tricky, even on a very slow Internet connection in the wilderness.

Nice public domain maps, but cap on memory


Access to the public domain Land Information NZ and 250K Australian maps is good. For some reason there is a limit on the number of maps that can be downloaded. So one cannot actually access all of the free maps. More if a problem for me was a limit on the size of GPX files to 8000 points. This meant I could not store a trip longer than about 130 km.

Developer Response

You can download all of the maps for New Zealand or all of the maps for Australia. Or you can download a mixture of maps from both countries. You just can't download all of the maps for both countries at once. Most users wouldn't want to do that anyway, as storage memory on iOS devices is such a valuable resource.
This app is aimed at hikers who wouldn't be covering more than 130 km in a single day. For longer trips, you can use a separate route file for each segment of the trip, rather than trying to put the whole trip into one file.



Bought a couple of weeks ago on recommendation of hard core tramper and already it has rescued me when disorientated in the depths of the bush without internet reception. Intuitive to use, great value.


James Associates Inc.
11.4 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2018 James Associates Inc.


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