Google takes Street View off the beaten path

Google takes Street View off the beaten path

If you’re a bit outdoorsy and you rely on Google Maps to get around, you’ll be happy to know that Google’s working on bringing Street View off-road in New Zealand.

Google, working with the Department of Conservation, yesterday sent a ‘Street View Trekker’–a person with a Street View camera strapped to their back–down the Abel Tasman Coast track. The trekker will then head onto the Heaphy Track. 

“The nine great walks host some of the most spectacular views in New Zealand. We’re delighted to be able to help the Department of Conversation share them with the rest of the world by using Trekker,” says Nabil Naghdy, Google New Zealand’s product manager for maps.

DOC programme manager Rudy Tetteroo says this is the first time Google has nrought its Trekker technology to New Zealand.

“With its great views an easy accessibility the Abel Tasman National Park is a great place for them to start,” he says.

The trekker’s backpack weighs 18kg, and is equipped with 15 eight-megapixel cameras. The cameraman will hike for three days and be supported by DOC staff, who will transport food and equipment to each overnight stop