Land Surveying


We use the latest technology and equipment to accurately measure and map development landscapes for title, subdivision, and construction purposes. Our surveyors also provide direction and advice on unit title and strata developments.

Our team members are construction and development survey specialists with expertise in:

  • Cadastral and topographical surveying
  • 3D scanning
  • GPS surveying
  • Construction and building setout
  • Challenging and inaccessible areas such as quarries, landfills, and mines
  • Major infrastructure projects including roading, tunnelling, and rail
  • Drone surveys



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Campbell Burrows
P 09 524 7029
M 021 894 190

Simon Reid
P 09 524 7029
M 027 215 6354

Mark Gilberd
P 07 849 9921
M 027 289 1771

Jonathan Gwyn
P 07 849 9921
M 027 215 6347

Hamish Ross
P 07 871 6144
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Case Studies

Green Gorilla

Green Gorilla’s recycling and waste management operations continue to grow and future development planning required a detailed assessment of the current site to ensure the most efficient facility design and equipment layout. CKL provided a comprehensive data set, detailing every aspect of the site, inside and out. Using traditional survey technology as well as 3D and 4D modelling, we integrated site scanning and aerial photography to provide an accurate visual model of the site. The resulting site map provides dimensions of every possible element within the site - a powerful tool for future planning and development.

Auckland Ferry Building

Constant sea movement and propeller wash from the ferries approaching and departing Auckland’s ferry terminal caused a large scour at the base of the sea wall supporting the historic building.

CKL was engaged by Auckland Transport to monitor the safety and stability of the seawall over a six-month period as critical repairs were conducted.

We used specialist sensors to digitally monitor the seawall as well as conventional survey equipment and methods to monitor settlement. Regular assessment and reporting provided contractors with reassurance to safely undertake their repair work, and provided Auckland Transport with confidence that the sea wall below the Ferry Building is stable and will continue to serve commuters, tourists and business patrons well into the future.

City Rail Link

Auckland Transport is undertaking a significant infrastructure project with the construction of Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL). The CRL will ease transportation congestion and provide an efficient transportation system that meets the needs of a rapidly growing city.

The planning and construction of twin 7.5m diameter tunnels under the Auckland CBD, covering a distance of 3.4km, requires significant engineering input. Consideration needs to be given to the position and depth of the buildings above the proposed CRL, and appropriate amendments made to the titles of the existing private properties, representing the limit of their rights below the surface.

CKL was engaged by Auckland Transport to prepare the strata legalisation plans for the acquisition of a subterranean corridor for the CRL. We have provided initial input for the notice of requirement plans and have completed the first set of tunnel survey plans.

We have also conducted extensive site surveys, including basement levels of structures above the proposed tunnel, to ensure clearances are achieved.

Amendments to titles of properties above the proposed tunnel corridor will be recorded on legalisation plans, which will be prepared and submitted by CKL for the review and approval of the Chief Surveyor at Land Information NZ.

Waterview Connection

In 2015 the Waterview Connection in Auckland’s southwest was described by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as its “largest, most challenging and most expensive project to date”.

Costing NZ$1.4b, the Waterview Connection incorporates New Zealand’s longest road tunnel (2.4km), and links State Highway 20 in the south, to State Highway 16 in the west, to complete a motorway ring-route around the city. This provides Auckland commuters, freight transporters and travellers to and from Auckland Airport, with a second route through Auckland, bypassing the city centre.

To legalise ownership of the tunnel land, NZTA approached CKL to create a legalisation strata survey plan. Drawing on our extensive experience with the survey of three-dimensional titles, we created a 3D plan, which established land parcels below the surface of the earth through which the tunnel would be constructed. This involved close to 170 individual properties.

Survey data was submitted to Landonline, Land Information NZ’s online register, which holds all of New Zealand’s cadastral information. The survey plan was the largest ever to be submitted to Land Information NZ, and facilitated the timely acquisition of land and transfer of ownership to NZTA.

Hunua Quarry

Winstone Aggregates’ Hunua Quarry is one of more than 20 projects where we have used Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to create 3D site models - saving our clients time and money by using drones to map sites quickly and effectively.

The present extraction area of Hunua Quarry is nearing the end of its useful life, and work is underway to remediate this area develop a second extraction area within the quarry zone.

Surveying the quarry using traditional methods would have taken several days and required a team on the ground. Using one of our two drones, Glen Balks, our surveyor and certified RPAS operator, was able to collect all the required data within two hours, and using Structure From Motion (SFM) photogrammetry techniques, was able to create a working 3D model in less than 48 hours.

SFM technology is sophisticated and improving rapidly. To ensure a high level of accuracy, Glen combines traditional surveying techniques with SFM. He marks out a set of ground control points within the area being surveyed. The drone uses the position of the camera as it moves through space to estimate X, Y and Z coordinates for each pixel seen in the original image, and the mapping software then references the location of the control points and makes subtle corrections. The data generates a highly detailed terrain model and orthophotos are created.

The use of drones and SFM technology has demonstrated significant benefit when working in challenging terrain or dangerous locations.

London Street, Hamilton

Hamilton’s Ebbett Toyota has recently relocated to Te Rapa, to what has become a hub for automotive dealerships. The vacated corner site on London Street, with views of the picturesque Seddon Park,and within walking distance to the CBD, has received Council approval for development.

Plans for a 3-storey residential development will transform the site, creating a vibrant lifestyle destination and bringing more residents into the city centre. Encouraged by Hamilton City Councils District Plan for residential intensification through the conversion of low-density sites, the developers have proposed 57 apartments to be delivered to title over 3 stages.

CKL conducted topographic surveys to support the subdivision and land use consent applications. We also provided civil engineering design services, covering access, drainage and water supply to the site. The low impact design has incorporated raingardens and stormwater attenuation techniques to integrate the residential apartments into the cityscape and provide a strong link to the neighbouring parkland.

Ferrybank, Hamilton

There are plans in place to develop Ferrybank into Hamilton’s premier river destination, creating a social hub along the river corridor with cafés, recreational spaces and retail facilities. The existing jetty is used for recreational purposes and has the potential to be used for tourism and commuter transportation.

In order to ascertain the development potential of the area, CKL were called in to collect survey data and provide recommendations.

One survey focused on the location and dimensions of significant trees and will be used by the landscape designers when planning out the riverwalk pathways.

The second survey focused on the riverbed; identifying the position and depth of the silt layer in order to inform proposals for the upgrade of the jetty. Conventional survey equipment was utilised, but did require our surveyors to work from kayaks on the river, testing both their surveying and paddling skills.


The Waikato proudly boasts a world-class cycling facility, which is home to New Zealand’s high performance cycling talent and the National Cycling Centre of Excellence. Located in Cambridge, this facility is centered around a purpose built 250m wooden cycling velodrome and includes world-class training and competition facilities for road, MTB and BMX, alongside accessible community facilities.

Construction of the Avantidrome began in June 2012 and was completed in February 2014 – taking a total of 21 months to complete.

Working with Livingstone Builders, CKL was subcontracted to conduct the precision set out of all elements of the build, including the precise positioning of the bolt pads securing the roof support towers, and the positioning of the concrete track support formworks. Accuracy was critical as the velodrome track was constructed overseas and “clipped together” on site. There was zero tolerance for error.

CKL also provided planning and surveying services relating to the granting of, and compliance with, Resource Consent. This included easement surveys for both access and sewage disposal, ensuring the Avantidrome sat within its own certificate of title.

Waihi Township precise leveling survey

Waihi, at the Southern end of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, is a thriving community with a rich history. Well known as an historic silver and gold mining town, Waihi continues to support mining operations with open-cast and underground mines.

In order to determine whether mining activities were causing subsidence, CKL was engaged to undertake a large scale leveling survey. Our team started the level survey several kilometres out of town using survey marks outside the mining area that would not be subject to movement.

Approximately 300 survey marks were established throughout the town using precise digital levels, and the height of each mark was monitored over a number of years. Data was collated and analysed by CKL’s professional surveyors and provided to specialist geotechnical engineers for further analysis.

The accuracy of the equipment and methodologies used for the survey, and ongoing monitoring, exceeded the expectations of the client.

Maungatautari Ecological Island

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, located in the Waikato is the largest ecological island on mainland New Zealand. Surrounded by 47kms of predator proof fence, many of New Zealand’s most endangered species of birds, fish, insects and plants are able to thrive in 3,400 hectares, free of pests. With the eradication of mammalian predators largely complete, native bird populations are being re-introduced.

Waipa District Council became aware that the pest proof fence encircling the Maungatautari Ecological Island was encroaching on private property of adjoining landowners. Council needed to determine, for their own records and that of the landowners, the length of the fence and the area of each property that had been fenced off as part of the ecological reserve.

This information dictated the allocation of Transferrable Development Right (TDR) title that would be allocated to the landowners in exchange for the land that sat within the designated reserve.

CKL was engaged to conduct a field survey of the boundary fence. Our surveyors liaised with landowners for permission to enter their working farms, adhered to health and safety measures, and identified possible hazards for each site. Using GPS technology and a quad bike, trained operators were able to carry out the field survey and complete calculations well within project timeframes.

CKL provided Waipa District Council a full set of coloured plans, from which Council was able to incorporate TDR entitlements for the impacted Maungatautari landowners into the Operative Waipa District Plan.

Maungatautari Ecological Island - 3D easement

CKL was engaged by Waipa District Council to carry out a 3D survey to enable a Right of Way easement to be placed over the access track through Maori land at the entrance to the Maungatautari reserve near Tari Road.

A 3D approach was necessary to take into consideration the airspace around the pest proof fence, which runs alongside parts the track.

The resulting 3D survey contributed to the assignment of a legal easement, providing public access to the reserve and future proofing the ecological island reserve.