About Us


We specialise in the production of high quality maps using the latest ESRI ArcGIS mapping software linking to an interactive database. With access to photography archives as well as our regular flights to capture the latest images, we can present maps in a variety of formats….. and all with our special personal service.

At Photomap we are proud of our reputation for providing clear and precise maps, diagrams and GIS data for a variety of private and commercial needs – and often at surprisingly reasonable rates.

Working from our centrally located base in Nelson, we take pride in the personal delivery of quality and cost-effective solutions across the country.

Please do get in touch – we love a challenge and invariably will arrive at a good solution to suit your requirements! ….and read our testimonials page to see how clients view our service.


and a brief history…..

The creation of Photomap came about in 1997 when it was originally known as Mark Holmes Photography & Mapping.  Mark was working in the forestry industry during the time that GIS was becoming the new standard for mapping in the industry and so in 2001 and Photomap NZ Ltd was established running the ArcView GIS platform and providing mapping and aerial photography services primarily to the local forestry industry.  In 2011 Cathy McBride joined the team as a co-director and the technology and scope of the business grew.
Now in 2017 we are now proudly a division of Buck Forestry Services Ltd, allowing us to integrate with Buck’s existing forestry data services.
See buckforestry.com for full details.
This move has merged the growing UAV (drone) side of Buck Forestry and the mapping specialist skills of Photomap – we are now in a position to offer the most up to date technology and software to enhance your business, whatever that business may be.

Sam Butler-Hogg is the GIS-Coordinator at Photomap/Buck Forestry and is always happy to discuss your photography or mapping needs.

Chris Aitken-Buck is the chief UAV pilot, a qualified airline pilot as well as Part 102 Certified UAV pilot, his experience and knowledge in the air will result in the best photography to suit your requirements.

Drone in action

UAV in action