GeoNet captures images using cameras to observe changes at a particular site. There are currently two surveillance programmes in progress; volcano monitoring and observing the Christchurch rebuild.
GeoNet's volcano camera images are an important part of the surveillance programme as any changes to a volcano can be observed and compared over time. Our cameras produce images periodically, with the frequency of image capture varying from camera to camera depending on the communications bandwidth to the site. During a volcanic event we may change the frequency of capture.
To view the lastest volcano images on our website please go to the volcano camera page.
Images are access differently depending on if they are the latest images or from the archive.
The latest images are available via a simple URL request, which returns either an image or a GeoJSON file. You can request data by all images, specific volcano or specific camera. You can also specify the image size.
These images are updated every time a new photograph arrives, typically every 15 - 30 minutes. When using these images beware of client-side caching to ensure that the latest image is displayed
Camera_id and volcano_id can be found in the table at the bottom of this page or on the network map.
Single image request
By default the large image is returned to specify size prefix using t- for thumbnail, m- for medium.
The all GeoJSON is made up of an array of individual volcanoes, described as a feature collection of cameras at points
Individual volcano GeoJSON feeds can be fetched using the appropriate volcano_id
Individual camera GeoJSON feed containing the most recent timestamped images and thumbs is also available by using the camera_id
An archive of volcano camera images is available via the FTP site: ftp://ftp.geonet.org.nz/volcano_cams/
|Volcanic Centre||volcano_id||Camera View||camera_id|
|Ruapehu or Ngauruhoe||either||Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe||ruapehungauruhoe|
|Te Maari Crater||tongarirotemaaricrater|
|White Island||whiteisland||from crater floor||whiteislandcraterfloor|
|from north rim||whiteislandcraterrim|
|Kermadec Islands||kermadecislands||Raoul Island||raoulisland|
Images from other cameras can be found on the FTP site. Currently, these cameras are mounted on buildings in Christchruch to capture the rebuild. Locations and codes for cameras can be found on the network map.