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 worked on contract to an overseas forest investor during the time when GIS was becoming accepted as the way forward to provide better forest maps together with associated management efficiencies. He worked using ArcInfo and helped iron out practical problems with applications in the field. Approaches by other forestry consultants led Mark to becoming better established and in 2001 and Photomap NZ Ltd was established running the ArcView GIS platform.
Early in 2011 Cathy McBride joined the team as a co-director. She brings Graphics and Design skills across multiple software platforms together with some great IT problem solving skills. Photomap and its loyal customer base benefit greatly from her enthusiasm and experience to ensure we stay up to date with the fast paced technological advances in the mapping industry.
We are now proudly a divison of Buck Forestry Services Ltd, allowing us to integrate with Buck’s existing services to the forestry industry and further expand our services.  See buckforestry.com for full details.