Draw and measure

Click on the draw icon  to open the drawing tools panel. These tools allow you to draw basic graphics and text onto your map.

Choose from one of the drawing modes to start creating your graphics.


Select the point icon  and choose a style from the templates available. Click on the drop down to choose from different categories.


You can also change the fill and outline colours, the outline width and the transparency (how see through the drawing will be) of basic point markers. For more complex icons, you can adjust the symbol size.


Once you have chosen your icon / marker, click to add a point on your map.

Optionally you can choose to show measurements. This will display the coordinates of the point with the following options:

  • Map Unit - New Zealand Transverse Mercator is the default map unit. 
  • Degrees Minutes Seconds - The World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS1984) with the degrees/minutes/seconds coordinate format.
  • Decimal Degrees - The World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS1984) with the decimal degrees coordinate format.



Select from the line, polyline and freehand polyline icons  to draw line graphics on your map.

You can select a template or choose the colour, widthstyle and the transparency of line graphics in your map using the settings provided.

Once you are happy with your line graphic settings, click on the map to start drawing.


Check the show measurements tick box to display the line measurements on top of the graphic. You can choose from a variety of distance units.


Areas / Polygons

Choose from the any of the area / polygon icons   to draw area graphics on your map.

Select a template or choose from the fill and outline colour, outline width and transparency settings.

Click on the map to start drawing.


Check the show measurements tick box to display area measurements on top of the graphic. You can choose from a variety of area and distance units.


Text / Labels

Select the text icon  to open the text settings.

Give the feature a label and a description by entering text into the boxes provided. 

You can change the colour, font, font size, text angle and the placement of the text.

Place your label on the map at the scale you want to print. 

Clicking on your label will open a pop up which contains the description details that you entered earlier.


Editing graphics

Click on the drawing list icon  to open the list of drawn graphics.

The drawing list options allow you to edit, delete, zoom to and move graphics above or below other graphics in the map 

The edit tool  allows you to change the drawing settings and the geometry of a drawing.

Click and drag vertices to change the geometry of a shape. Alternatively click on the centre of a graphic and drag to move the entire shape.

Copy graphics

Click on the copy graphics icon  (at the bottom of the drawings list panel) to make duplicate copies of your drawings.


Save graphics

Select the export selected drawings tool to save the graphics to your computer. You can also bring these back into your map at a later stage using the import draws tools. These tools can be found at the bottom of the drawings list panel.   

Alternatively drawings should be automatically saved when you exit a map viewer session. The next time you open the drawing tools in the Canterbury Maps Viewer this message should appear:

Note: This function only works if you are using the same computer and web browser.


Click on the measurement icon  to open the measurement results panel.

Click on the measuring toolsto start measuring areas or line distances. 



Choose from the drop down list to change the measurement units.