This page describes the Porirua Pathfinder application, an interactive mapping system showing the walkways and cycleways in Porirua City built by NorthSouth GIS Ltd of Whitby as part of the Porirua City Partner programme.
Pathfinder's interactive features
Porirua City has an extensive network of walking and cycling tracks totaling over 90 kilometres for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike. In an initiative to improve access to this resource, we have formed a partnership with Explorer Graphics Limited through Porirua’s City Partners Programme to create an interactive viewer to help you plan your leisure activities.
You can access this new application from the icon on the left, or the link below, but before you do that we thought it would be useful to explain how you can get maximum benefit.
Open Porirua Pathfinder (opens new window - requires Silverlight, see System Requirements below).
At its simplest, this map viewer allows you to see where all our tracks are. You can zoom in and understand where the tracks in your suburb are. The screenshot below shows you the main navigation tools.
Having identified walkways or cycle tracks that you’re interested in, you might want to understand any access limitations and features. The application allows you to click on a walkway which will bring up a rich set of information in a popup window. The screenshot below shows the popup window which has tabs so you can navigate that information.
Perhaps you want to go on a walk with specific characteristics - you want to walk a certain distance, you have a pushchair, or you want a more challenging walk. You can do this by using the Search tool. The screenshot below shows you the search window and results panel.
System Requirements - Silverlight is required
Porirua Pathfinder requires Microsoft Silverlight to be installed on your computer in order for it to run.
Silverlight is a free plug-in that is compatible across multiple browsers, devices and operating systems to bring a new level of interactivity wherever the Web works, and is similar to Adobe Flash. It is secure and safe to download and install.
Silverlight is supported by all major browsers on both Mac OS X and Windows, and with Moonlight on Linux. Browser compatibility includes Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9, Firefox 2 and 3, Safari 3 and 4, and Google Chrome.
The recommended minimum screen resolution to view Porirua Pathfinder is 1024 x 768 pixels.
When you first start the application, please be patient while the files and graphics load up. Sometimes it pays to close and restart your browser for a quick response after your first visit.
User help documentation
You can view and print our user help documentation from this website, or access it from the Help menu within the Pathfinder application. You can also print our 3 page quick guide.