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NZ National Vegetation Survey occurrence data

Latest version published by Landcare Research on Nov 27, 2021 Landcare Research

The National Vegetation Survey Databank (NVS) is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 121,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 25,000 permanent plots. These data can be explored online as well as requested for download. NVS provides a unique record, spanning more than 70 years, of indigenous and exotic plants in New Zealand's terrestrial ecosystems, from Northland to Stewart Island and the Kermadec and Chatham islands. A broad range of habitats are covered, with special emphasis on indigenous forests and grasslands. The physical archive includes plot sheets, maps, and photographs from many years of vegetation surveys.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 1,575,113 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 1,575,113 records in English (65 MB) - Update frequency: monthly
Metadata as an EML file download in English (6 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (6 KB)


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Landcare Research. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 788439f0-3b56-11dc-8c19-b8a03c50a862.  Landcare Research publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF New Zealand.


Occurrence; Observation


Who created the resource:

Susan Wiser
Programme Leader
Landcare Research Gerald St Lincoln Canterbury NZ

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Susan Wiser
Programme Leader
Landcare Research Gerald St Lincoln Canterbury NZ

Who filled in the metadata:

Elise Arnst
Data Manager
Landcare Research Gerald St Lincoln Canterbury NZ

Who else was associated with the resource:

Shirley Vickers
Software Developer
Landcare Research NZ
Point Of Contact
Nick Spencer
Research Leader
Landcare Research NZ

Geographic Coverage

New Zealand and territories

Bounding Coordinates South West [-48.807, -180], North East [-33.211, 180]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1945-01-01 / 2015-01-01

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 788439f0-3b56-11dc-8c19-b8a03c50a862