High Country hi-tech: Using drones, mobile maps and other smart tools in remote New Zealand.
The Mackenzie Country in central South Island is classic New Zealand high country. Until recently its most well-known land-use was the many large stations running thousands of sheep. In modern times an increasing variety of human activities have emerged, such as other types of farms, forestry, hunting, fishing, kayaking, rowing, film-making, stargazing, skiing, and heli-skiing. Many of these activities now use a wide array of innovative technologies.
Venture into this spectacular part of New Zealand to find out more about how technology is changing the way we are able to use and manage the high country.
Watch the introductory video - mp4 file 23Mb
The Mackenzie Country is an intermontane basin located in the Mackenzie and Waitaki Districts, near the centre of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest basin of its kind in New Zealand.
The Southern Alps form the northern and western boundaries of the basin.
Field Trip Plan - May 2015
|Monday 11 May||Read the first diary about the travel day from Dunedin to the town of Twizel to begin the High Country hi-tech field trip. Read the ambassador updates and view the images.|
Tuesday 12 May
Launch a drone and read the diary to find out more about how drones are being used in the high country. Watch the videos to see how technology is used to find out where you are and where you have come from and join local school students on a hunt for a geocache. Read the ambassador updates. Get the questions and listen to the recorded audioconferences.
|Wednesday 13 May||Meet local Department of Conservation staff and help locate invasive weeds such as wilding pines. Read the diary about pest control in the high country. Watch the videos to see how technology is being used to manage this unique environment. Read the ambassador updates. Get the questions and listen to the recorded audioconferences.|
|Thursday 14 May||Watch the videos about the technology which is changing farming and recreational activities in the region. Read the diary to find out more about how GIS are used by the Mackenzie District Council and read the ambassador updates. Get the questions and listen to the recorded audioconferences.|