Trap.NZ Comprehensive User Guide

Trap.NZ is a free service used throughout NZ for recording trap, bait station, monitoring, and biodiversity outcome data.

Ways to contact

You may need to contact to discuss your project, and how to use the programme or you may have an issue with your project. You can now contact in two ways

1. Access the help section at the top of the page on your project page of the website. Scroll to the bottom and click on contact us. This will open a page where you can write why you need to contact us. This will be sent to our help desk and they will contact you. 

2. Using the phone call 0800trapnz or (0800872769)

Please note the help desk is available Monday to Friday during office hours


Your account

Registration and logging in to your account

Your account

Creating a new account

To use Trap.NZ you must first create an account. You can do this on our website by following these steps:

  1. Enter your details in the Create a new account form.
  2. Click the green "Create new account" button at the bottom of the form.
  3. Check your email for an email verification message from Trap.NZ. If it doesn't show up within a few minutes, please check your Spam/Junk folder.
  4. Open the email and click the green "Verify your Trap.NZ account" button.
  5. You will be logged in to your Trap.NZ account as a verified member, where you will be able to join an existing project, or create you own project.

Create new account form

For video help click the you tube link here


Your account

Pre- Authenticated Member


What is a pre-authenticated member?


This is a person who has created a trap.NZ account but has not verified their email account.


To verify your account you will have to access the email address you provided when creating your account and find the email from trap.NZ, here you will find the link you will need to verify your account.


If you can’t find your trap.NZ verification email. They are often in your spam folder.

If you still can't find the verification email or need to resend it, please contact us on

The administration of a project will be unable to assign any installation to pre-authenticated member.


Your account

Forgotten your password?

If you've forgotten your password, you can reset your password

Trap.NZ Reset password page

  1. Enter your Trap.NZ username or email address
  2. Complete the CAPTCHA
  3. Click the "Email new password" button at the bottom of the form
  4. Check your email for a Reset password email - if it doesn't arrive within a few minutes, check your Junk/Spam folder, as it might have ended up in there.
  5. Click the link in the email for a one-time login
  6. Update your password and click "Save", so you can login again in future.

For video help, click the you tube link here


Your account

Editing account details

You can update your Trap.NZ account details, such as your email address, password, username and contact details.

  1. Log in to Trap.NZ.
  2. Click on "My Account" on the menu bar.
  3. Your account details will load.
  4. Click on "Edit" on the submenu below your username.
  5. A form will load where you can update whatever account details you want to change.
  6. Click the green "Save" button at the bottom of the form when you're done.

For video help click the you tube link here

Screenshot showing where "My account" and "Edit" buttons are located


In order to start adding traps and recording catches, you need to be part of a project. Projects allow people to collaborate on predator management projects in specific geographical regions. A project can range from being small (just you in your own backyard) to large (a suburb, a farm, a region etc). You can look for an existing project in your area to join, or you can create your own.


Joining an existing project

Hopefully, there is an existing project close to the area you are interested in trapping. In this case, we recommend that you contact the project administrator(s) to see if you can get involved.

  1. Go to the "Find projects" page, accessible from the "Find projects" link on the menu bar along the top of the site.
  2. If you already know the name of the project you want to join you can use the "Find project by name" text box to search specifically for it.
  3. Use the map controls to zoom into your desired project area
    • The +/- icons in the top left corner of the map can be used to zoom
    • You can pan around the map by clicking and dragging anywhere on the map 
    • The <-> icon in the top right of the map can be used to make the map full screen
      • You can escape fullscreen mode by pressing the X icon in the top right of the map
  4. If you find a blue marker close to your project location
    1. Click on the marker and a popup with the name of the project will appear
    2. Click on the name of the project to see details about the project
  5. If it looks like the project is close to the area you are interested in, you can click "Request to join the project" to contact the project administrator(s).  
  6. Type a few words about your interest in the project and why you would like to join, then click the "Send Request" button.
  7. If a project administrator approves your request, you will receive an email welcoming you to the project, and the project will appear in your "My projects" list.

For video help, click the youtube link here


Finding a project to join

A project allows a group of people to collaborate on managing installations within a geographical area.

Hopefully, there is already an existing project close to the area you are interested in joining.  

After verifying your account you can contact the organiser of the nearby project and ask for permission to join.

Or create your own by selecting an area you will be monitoring 

For video help, click the youtube link here

Joining a project

1. Select the find projects tab


2. This will open a map of New Zealand, choose the area you are wanting your project to be located in, and This will open up the projects in that area selected. or search for the project by name if you know it.


3. Once you select an area the map will zoom into any discoverable projects in that area. If you click on the blue flag icon it will open to reveal the name of the project.