I made the map as a gift for a Kiwi friend on the South island who routinely leaves cases of the wine he makes "Middle Earth" at my house when he visits. We've toured the world together; Cuba, Panama, Bahamas, the American southwest, throughout Europe, Turkey and Russia. When I'm in New Zealand he takes me everywhere from lovely islands in the north to the southland region, even to the remote Chatham Islands far offshore.
I wanted to make a map worthy of the landscape and enlisted the help of another friend from New Zealand who spent his early years on tug boats and barges around the coasts of both islands. An example of his nautical expertise was a suggestion that the Humpback and Blue whales shown on our draft map be reversed based on where he saw them while operating vessels offshore (Blue whales being primarily in the extreme south, Humpbacks slightly further north, who knows that!)
The map further evolved when I visited my wine friend for a wild ride around New Zealand visiting spots I'd missed on earlier trips. We met other Kiwis who made map comments along the way using his truck, ferries, planes and helicopters for access. The result was a beautiful map which hangs on walls across New Zealand and is now on display at the gallery of Island Map Publishing in Naples.
To purchase the New Zealand map visit our site here or call 239-963-3497 for more details! Island Map Publishing is happy to work with you on special orders or assist the right product for your space.
We've sold and donated many Florida Keys maps over the years and now produce it in both bright colors and antique earth tones taken from an original map I own from 1695.
Like my antique map collection, we produce maps that are made to display on your wall. Before the digital age, printed maps were more common and for centuries beautiful wall maps were a sign of wealth and knowledge. We have recreated that art.
There's been renewed interest in the Florida Keys map since in March 2020 when our company (Island Map Publishing) released a new book "The Florida Keys, A History Through Maps". The book displays the Keys map in various ways, like to show the location of ship wrecks. We also created 10 enlarged area maps of the Keys from North Key Largo to Key West and the Dry Tortugas.
Both our maps of the Keys and our book are works I'm proud of. They both will be passed down through time as a way to convey information and history in an interesting way.
For more information on the Florida Keys map and options click here or call 239-963-3497! Our books are available at islandmapstore.com as well as well as Amazon. Be sure to also follow our Instagram for updates on our blog, press and upcoming events!
The Bahamas map and others we now produce are made combining elements from many different sources. We strive for accuracy and in most cases I physically visit the area of the map we're making. Local knowledge is important and it's best earned by going there!
Our map of The Bahamas is displayed in airports, businesses, homes and resorts throughout the U.S. and The Bahamas. It's on the walls of many yachts and cruise ships and I've even seen it hanging in the office of the Bahamian Prime Minister! The U.S. Embassy and Navy in Nassau have framed copies and it's displayed at U.S. Customs in Naples and in Bahamian Customs offices on several different islands.
Our company Island Map Publishing sells The Bahamas map at boat shows and online here, it makes a wonderful gift for island lovers. We now produce over a hundred maps that include the Bahamas, Caribbean, Florida and the entire eastern seaboard of the U.S.
For more information about our maps please call 239-963-3497 or visit our site. We also offer custom options and can work with you to find the best option for your space!