Thursday, December 03, 2020

New Zealand in 3D

I've often thought about how I might go about creating an interactive 3D map of Middle-earth. Unfortunately that particularly feat is currently beyond the reach of my limited mapping skill-set. Which means for now I have to settle for browsing New Zealand 3D and imagining that I am actually navigating the world of the Lord of the Rings.

New Zealand 3D allows you to explore all of New Zealand's amazingly beautiful national parks in 3D. This collection of stunning WebGL powered maps includes 3D maps of Rakiura, Fiordland, Mount Aspiring, Westland Tai Poutini, Aoraki, Arthur's Pass, Paparoa, Nelson Lakes, Kahurangi, Egmont, Abel Tasman, Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks. 

New Zealand 3D was developed by Felix Palmer from his own amazing 3D WebGL mapping library, Procedural GL JS. Procedural GL JS is a JavaScript library for creating 3D WebGL maps. Using the library it is easy to make 3D maps for the web, which load very quickly and which are optimized for mobile devices. To learn more about the capabilities of Procedural GL JS you might want to have a look at the library's documentation.

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