NZ Topo - object class track_cl

This page describe the track_cl object class used to represent objects in the NZTopo topographic database.


A deliberately formed route of a lesser quality than a road

Topo50 description

Only those significant either by their size or location are held in the data and shown on the printed maps.

Topo250 description

Only those significant by their size or location are held in the Topo250 data and shown on the Topo250 printed maps; these are a generalised subset of those shown on the Topo50 series

Representation specification

Representation specification showing track_cl

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Important information: The existence of a road or track does not necessarily indicate public right of access. Closed foot tracks are defined as being no longer maintained or passable and should not be used by recreationalists; the Department of Conservation or other authorities should be contacted for the latest information on tracks. Foot tracks in alpine areas are of a varying degree of spatial accuracy and currency; contact Department of Conservation for the latest information about alpine tracks.

See also: bridge_cl cattlestop_pnt gate_pnt ladder_pnt ladder_cl road_cl tunnel_cl

Class attributes

Object classtrack_cl
Entity classROAD
Additional entity classNot applicable
Object inheritancesimple_line
Entity sourceStandard Entity
Map series Topo50 Topo250 Ant50
LSLIFF object class171

Object attributes

AttributeLSLIFF code
Shapefile field
Data type
Attribute descriptionAttribute values*
Name of the track, where known. Text data from July 2012 will be in UTF-8 format. If your system is not UTF-8 compliant, you will need to use the name_ascii attribute, which has had any macronated vowels removed. UTF-8 stands for Unicode Transformation Format-8. It is an octet (8-bit) lossless encoding of Unicode characters. UTF-8 encodes each Unicode character as a variable number of 1 to 4 octets, where the number of octets depends on the integer value assigned to the Unicode character. It is an efficient encoding of Unicode documents that use mostly US-ASCII characters because it represents each character in the range U+0000 through U+007F as a single octet. UTF-8 is the default encoding for XML.
"Heaphy Track"
Indicates whether the entry in the name_ascii field contains a macronated vowel. Where the value is "Y" go to for a list of places or feature names within New Zealand that are gazetted and include macrons
footFoot tracks in residential areas less than 100m long, eg those connecting two streets, are not captured or shown
cycle onlySome walking tracks are being designating for mountain bike use only. Where known, these tracks have a track_use value of 'cycle only'
cycle only
poled routea way, above the bushline, marked by evenly spaced poles
poled route
closeddefined as being no longer maintained or passable. NOTE that "closed" applies only to foot tracks
unknownindicates that reliable information about this track has yet to be acquired. The information may relate to the existence of the track and/or its positional accuracy. Please contact LINZ if you have reliable information: or 0800 665 463
Text data from July 2012 will be in UTF-8 format. If your system is not UTF-8 compliant, you will need to use this attribute, which has had any macronated vowels removed.
A unique identifier for use on Topo50 data in the LINZ Data Service. This is not a universal ID. The intention is to manage these ID’s as persistent, however this is not guaranteed and there will be instances where what appears to be a minor change to a feature may result in a new ID being assigned.

* See explanation of attribute values for more information about how attribute values are represented.

Change log

Feature versionRevisedDescription
112013-12-16New value for track_use
102012-08-28Updated map image and aerial view; added representation specification and example feature photographs
92012-08-28Added scale-specific definitions
82012-07-16Added new value (unknown) for status
72010-03-01Added description for poled route and added name_macronated attribute. Updated Comments section and closed track definition.
62006-09-01Changed attribute value for unmaintained vehicle track status.
52006-05-30Changed attribute value for closed foot track status
42003-06-30new attribute
32001-11-23Unspecified update
22000-03-31new attribute value
11999-03-01initial status