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City Labelling in New Zealand has been evolving. This document has been created to try and set some standards.

City and County Naming

The City field should be used to specify the city, town or village for all the streets within it.

Rural roads that are in-between towns should be be left with "No city".


Where possible, the simplest unique name should be used. In the case where two towns share the same name, the Region abbreviation can be added in brackets afterwards.

For example,

Lincoln, Canterbury
Lincoln, Auckland

It is preferable to have no suffix on whichever town is the larger or more well known.

The priority for no suffix goes in this order. City, Town, Village then Suburb.

In the above example Lincoln, Canterbury is a village and Lincoln, Auckland is a suburb.

Lincoln, Canterbury = Lincoln
Lincoln, Auckland = Lincoln (AUK)

Regions of New Zealand

Auckland AUK Manawatu-Wanganui MWT Taranaki TKI
Bay of Plenty BOP Marlborough MBH Tasman TAS
Canterbury CAN Nelson NSN Waikato WKO
Chatham Islands CIT Northland NTL Wellington WGN
Gisborne GIS Otago OTA West Coast WTC
Hawke's Bay HKB Southland STL

Urban Areas

To aid in an easy to understand client display, if the street is visible at higher zoom levels (Primary and above) the City field should be used to only specify the city, town or village.


Lets take Kamo, Whangarei as an example.

For all roads in the urban areas:

  • Primary city: Whangarei
  • Alt city: Kamo, Whangarei

Rural Areas

Excluding Motorways if a road is driven at open road speeds then it is classified as a rural road, and the Primary street details should have No City ticked, but an alternative name entered with the city which would be given in a postal address.


Lets take a road on State Highway 3 as an example.

When travelling on the Open Road (e.g. when the speed limit is greater than 80 km/h):

  • Primary city: No City
  • Alt city: Hukerenui, Northland

When not travelling on the Open Road (e.g. when speed limit 80km/h or lower):