When we started to offer this resource about five years ago, the objective was that it should enable members to be able to do it themselves. But that seems to be in an ideal world; in reality, some members still struggle to even download the files. This seems to be the case for members who are trying out GPS devices for the first time, or who switch to a new device.
Here a few tips to ensure that you start on the right foot.
1. Familiarise yourself with your device by asking help from someone who currently uses it, or from the guys at Noel Leeming who are always more than welcome to get you started on it. Remember that we only offer the GPS files and a basic tutorial of how to put the custom Points of Interest (POIs) into your device. We don't know how each device works on the road, or have any familiarity with its varying settings and features.
2. If you're switching to a new device, find a newer model of your old one. The interface rarely changes and this saves you the trouble of learning a new one all over again.
3. To those asking as to what GPS is the best one, the honest answer is, they're all made equal. Some may offer a camera, or more storage, or this and that, but at their core, they use the self-same GPS technology.
What we currently offer
1. The files below for download are for the following devices; Garmin, Navman & TomTom.
2. There are two file variants for Garmin; one has all the sites grouped together and the other file has the sites grouped in two categories, North and South Islands.
3. There are also files formatted as KML (for devices running IGO such as Uniden) & GPX for advanced GPS users.
4. Now that we have the NZMCA Travel App for Android and IOS mobile devices, we're no longering offering resources for 3rd party travel apps. We've found ourselves in a situation where we struggle to answer queries regarding these and now that we have our own well supported app we encourage everyone to try it out instead.
5. Files will be dated according to the date they were compiled. File updates depend on how extensive site changes are in a given period. Remember that when uploading new files, you need to delete the files currently in your device.
Familiarise yourself with what the site category acronyms mean
-POP; Park Over Property
-CAP; Charges Apply
-DOC; Department of Conservation
-ARC; Auckland Regional Council parks
-CDS; Camping Ground WITH Dump Stations
-CWO; Camping Ground WITHOUT Dump Stations
In some instances, the GPS coordinates may be incorrect. If you are certain of this, send us an email with the correct GPS reading, the site number of the location and a short description explaining the error to email@example.com