Mapumental is an amazing new application from the folks at MySociety.org. The application gives you an interactive map tp help you find the best places to live in the UK. You can set your destination and arrival time and then use sliders to work out the exact areas that are within a certain commuting time. You can further filter the results by average house price and how scenic the area is. In real-time the map changes to filter out those areas that don’t match your criteria. This is a truly stunning use of mapping.
Unfortunately given the lack of a really great public transport infrastructure in New Zealand this probably wouldn’t work here to the same extent. Still, one day we may have enough data on commuting times to generate something along similar lines with a combination of driving, walking and public transport data.