This may be of interest to people wanting a marine context layer to work with.


GEBCO are providing a WMS service of a map rendered from their global bathymetry data, which includes data provided by NIWA for the NZ region. Up until recently this has only worked in the +-180 space, which is of little use to people working around the 180 meridian. I have suggested they provide support for a 0-360 longitude space as well, and we have made some progress towards this. It is a bit fiddly, but at least NZ users can get a relevant map to use.

Information about the GEBCO WMS service is here:

You can see a map in your browser using this URL:,-90,360,90&srs=EPSG:4326&format=image/png&layers=gebco_latest&width=900&height=600&version=1.1.1


To use successfully use this service in QGIS across 180, there are some limitations:

To use the service as a layer in your QGIS map:

The service endpoint (URL) for QGIS to access the GEBCO WMS service is:



This image shows NIWA climate stations (red dots from a public NIWA WFS service) overlaid on the GEBCO WMS layer added to QGIS as described above.


Troubleshooting for inexperienced players:

If you get an error message when trying to connect to this WMS service that the connection has timed out, and this is the first time that you have used a WMS service on QGIS, you will need to set up your network settings with the NIWA proxy details as below: