Outdoor Adventure in New Zealand with Cesium World Terrain

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The new Cesium World Terrain, a high-resolution global terrain tileset hosted by Cesium ion, offers 8 m resolution in beautiful New Zealand.

Ruapehu Ruapehu.

Terrain is what really sets 3D maps apart, and with this level of detail, you will be able to build more precise and accurate maps. Let’s take a look at a few potential use cases using the terrain in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s dramatic landscapes, shaped by volcanoes and glaciers, make it one of the world’s most popular destinations for outdoor adventurers, whether they come for the white water rafting or the bungee jumping.

Hiking

Say you’re planning or reliving a hike with a Cesium map. RikiTraki is one app that allows you to do this.

With high-resolution terrain, you could actually see the elevation gain along your route. So if you hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand’s oldest national park, you could explore not only the 1,126 m elevation gain along your trail, but also the slopes of towering Mt Tongariro (1,978 m), Mt Ngauruhoe (2,291 m), and Mt Ruapehu (2,797 m) along your route.

Mt Tongariro Mt Tongariro.

Mt Tongariro Mt Tongariro.

Mt Tongariro Mt Tongariro.

Skiing

Perhaps you want to show off your latest ski trip, as developers have done in Powder Tracks. Your path down the slopes will be so much easier to portray with high resolution terrain that actually represents those slopes.

The Broken River Ski area has one of the longest ski seasons in the country and the largest skiable area in New Zealand with a highest altitude of 1,820 m.

Broken River Broken River.

Broken River Broken River.

Sky Sports

For those who prefer to get off the ground, high-resolution terrain will provide context for your flight. Maybe you want to track a wingsuit flight, as Paralog does, or a paragliding flight, as Paragliding Logbook and Spedmo do, and Red Bull X-Alps did with the help of Doarama.

Take a look at what your leap would look like soaring over Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, or at Wanaka in the Southern Alps.

Taupo Lake Taupo.

Taupo Lake Taupo.

Wanaka Wanaka.

Wanaka Wanaka.


Of course, that’s only a tiny sampling of what you can do in New Zealand and what you can do with the new Cesium World Terrain. Share your own use case with us on Twitter @CesiumJS or the Cesium Forum!

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