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  1. ... and they will continue to be from P3D. I see there is more VFR eye candy in the new model, but I am totally happy with the flying in my complete P3D instalment. Like this flight (already done two months ago), from Wellington... ... over Centennial Park, ... ... and the Capital´s city center... ... to Westwind windfarm. Bye, bye, North Island. Hello South Island. Cook Strait can be a bit rough when travelling on sea level (I´d like to do this in a few years). And this is the ship one may take: The Kaitaki.
  2. Following yesterdays arrival... ... my favourite airline with one of my favourite jets is getting ready in Christchurch. A thorough inspection might be wise before this flight. But all looks well maintained... ... so we can take off to the west, ... ... with a last view to the Pacific. Crossing Arthurs Pass NP... ... and Hokitika Gorge, ... ... before we leave island 1: New Zealand. Here we are already at island 2. Ya might guess the city below, even with the payware airport inactive.
  3. After yesterdays flight ... ... we will now continue on our way back from the southern end of Aotearoa. The Dash is being made ready in Queenstown... ... and off we go. Looks like a steep climb, please keep your seatbelts fastened. Turning westwards over Lake Wakatipu... ... before crossing Shotover River in quite some altitude, already. We see the eastern plains of the Southern Island in brilliant Summer weather. At least the visibility was better when we were flying on base into Christchurch.
  4. Here we go again, taxiing in Milford Sound. Quite impressive, at least in motion. Heading out into the fjord, with Mitre Peak ahead... ... and the settlement behind. Plus Bowen Falls in its glory. One can imagine why the rock ahead is called "The Elephant". Tourists heading north at the coast... ... while we turn inland over Martins Bay. I would welcome a slight name change to "Martyns Bay" @VH-KDK. Climbing is needed over Lake McKerrow... ... following Hollyford River...
  5. ... only visual, by the way. Starting at the Milford Lodge... ... we move to Milford cruise harbour, ready to change to a canoe. The first sight is Bowen Falls. Must be @BradB who dropped the name here. Looks fantastic even from the distance. Just turning around we face Mitre Peak. Plus some wildlife on the way back to the harbour. Wouldn´t it be great to travel again?
  6. In a flight sim we can not do some of the classical Queenstownactivities, like speedboating on Shotover River https://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/listing/shotover-jet/2272/, bungeeing from Kawarau Bridge https://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/things-to-do/adventure-activities/bungy-swing-and-zip/ or hiking on tracks like the Routeburn https://www.queenstownnz.co.nz/stories/post/great-walks-from-queenstown/ . But we can virtually hire a car or take a bus tour, ... ... drive SH6 southbound, ... ... turn west at Oreti River... ... until we reach Te Anau.
  7. For this flight we start on Fox airstrip TO20, at the Tasman Sea coast of NZ´s southern island. We leave Fox River behind... ... and reach Haast Highway (SH6). You´ll meet Julius Haast´s footsteps everywhere here, fer example at Haast River. Sure the village under the left wing is named... Haast. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_von_Haast Now we turn upwards the river and get to... ... Haast Pass. Haast was the first European to lead an expedition across the southernmost and lowest of the passes traversing the Southern Alps.
  8. Hokitika has two touristic sights (as per my knowledge): The glowworm dell https://www.adventurewest.co.nz/Destinations/hokitika/Hokitika-Glow-Worm-Dell , which should be near the airstrip but invisible in such thing as a flight simulator... ... and, if you follow Hokitika river some miles upstream, ... ... the Hokitika Gorge. https://hokitika.org/places/59/Hokitika-Gorge Seems like a suitable place to hike. We complete the day by heading further south to Lake Mapourika... ... and to a small airfield which is
  9. This inofficial tour starts at Franz Josef airfield NZFJ, ... ... whilst you could book some official ones at this helipad. https://www.glacierhelicopters.co.nz/ No matter from where, you should follow Waiho River... ... to Franz Josef Glacier. Sure we are not just passing over it, ... ... we have the right bird to land and explore. Before cooling down too much... ... we cross the peaks around Mt. Cook... ... and visit the neighboring Fox Glacier for another hike. Some 50
  10. This is my first travel report after months of stay-at-home, even virtual. In this case mainly caused by renovation work and the related honeydo stuff. But my P3D is still working, nearly unchanged and free of unwanted updates! After trekking along the Abel Tasman NP it is time to leave Motueka, ... ... travel through the hinterland of Nelson, ... ... and work down into the west coast mountains of NZSI. Driving along Kawatiri highway would be much easier than flying in this conditions. But we come clear pass Mt. Lyell.
  11. Hiking is the ideal way to explore this peninsula. "Unfortunately" this is still a flight sim, so we take a plane from Motueka... ... pass the Motels and B&Bs at Kaiteriteri... ... and kajak along the coastal forests near Marahau... ... to Torrent Bay. The Torrent River with Cleopatra´s Pool should be just under the plane. At Awaroa a little airstrip and helipad are installed, ... ... just next to the beautiful bay. We finish the day by crossing Takaka Hill (where the Rivendell forest scenery was film
  12. This is P3Dv5 (would you believe). I was testing out a shadowing bug with Orbx NZQN (no shadows on the runway or apron) when I happened to drift away from the runway a short way ... Whilst I really am struggling to get decent image quality with P3Dv5 on my ancient 3.5GB GTX970, this shot came out of the blue. Full marks to the dev that worked on that bit of photoreal! For once, P3D actually gave me some decent water (!!!) so the gods must be smiling on me after all! Adam.
  13. This will not be an unexpected journey (as the livery might suggest), but an uncommon one. Especially for a twin engine plane. From Christchurch... ... we are heading southbound over NZ´s South Island. Near Dunedin this is Mahinerangi Lake, ... ... and over Stewart Island we leave New Zealand. Time to reveal where we are going to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_route#Antarctica The problem of this route is illustrated here: TINA (= there is no alternate). Instead, we can see
  14. The passengers arrived too early at Milford Sound airfield, ... ... but this gave them the chance to get some more great views of Mitre Peak. Great views are also guaranteed for the pilot here. Enough space for a canyon turn, ... ... and here we go, ... ... following Milford Sound Highway, ... ... that leads us to Homer Tunnel. East of the tunnel the name of the road changes to Te Anau Highway. We just hop over the mountains to Lake Wakatipu, ...
  15. For my flight to an airport that can handle bigger metal I used a little, quick trainer: The lovely Iris PC-21. Rapidly climbing out of Queenstown... ... along Kawarau river, northbound. Lake Dunstan, ... ... and the central highlands in the evening sun. Near Twizel village one can see interesting manmade features: Windbreaking hedges and some hydroelectric instalment. Unfortunately part of the scenery was covered ... ... which showed to be an even bigger challenge when turnin
  16. If you are overdone by hiking, bungee jumping, paragliding or jetboat blasting, there still remains one thing to do when you are in Queenstown: Take a little scenic flight. Starting up the Kawarau River... ... and then back south over Frankton. Passing Queenstown CBD, ... ... which is a slight way down from Frankton and the airport, ... ... out to Lake Wakatipu. The calm village of Glenorchy ... ... is the gateway to some movie stages of the Lord of the Rings, ...
  17. Today we took a commercial flight from Wellington... ... over the clouds - which prevented me from making more shots in the early phase of the trip. Suddenly the weather changed, ... ... and the view got better, just to show Hayes Lake, ... ... and the outskirts of Queenstown. May the adventure begin!
  18. One of the most iconic of all "little" aircraft - A2A have brought their J3 Piper Cub up to date for P3Dv4. Here we are on a trip from Picton to (you guessed it ...) Milford Sound: Heidi MkII does PBR!! Adam.
  19. Hello Something strange is happening in my NZ scenery (south Island) and airports that I have bought. The last scenery I have automatically installed is the one from Iceland (demo) Here is my scenery hierarchy. As you can see, all has been installed automatically. Then, I went to NZQN airport and see what I get (It is the same for NZFM) So can you help me having the airport properly set ? Thank you
  20. Hello, I bought New Zealand South Island, plus Queenstown today, but I'm having some problems installing it correctly. When I load the airport I see a lot of blacked out people and buildings, along with some elevation issues. I do run FTX Vector, so that's my usual first check for this, but NZQN isn't showing as a problem there. I tried to search on these forums for an answer, and I read that it's best to install the island scenery before the airport, so I tried uninstalling everything related to New Zealand, and reinstalling first the South Island, loading the sim, then installing
  21. Hello, I bought New Zealand South Island, plus Queenstown today, but I'm having some problems installing it correctly. When I load the airport I see a lot of blacked out people and buildings, along with some elevation issues. I do run FTX Vector, so that's my usual first check for this, but NZQN isn't showing as a problem there. I tried to search on these forums for an answer, and I read that it's best to install the island scenery before the airport, so I tried uninstalling everything related to New Zealand, and reinstalling first the South Island, loading the sim, then installing
  22. Rainy weather in Queenstown, so I decided to move away from the South. As the distance to Queenstown is a bit longer, a slighty more spacious plane needed to be installed. Escaped from the rain... ... but not clear of the clouds yet. OK, looks clear now... ... but not for long ;-(. At least, Christchurch is big enough and equipped with electric helpers to find the runway!
  23. After installing the Carenado planes into p3dv4 I went on to another of my favourite GAs - unfortunately without a p3d installer. Added all the liveries, and - voila: Good that this is just the taxiway... The beauty of Milford Sound... ... and the west coast. Entering Doubtful Sound in something more exclusive than a cruiseship... ... and climbing over the rocks... ... to Lake Manapouri. This is where someone filmed the Anduin River... ... and Lothlorien.
  24. Getting ready in Martins Lodge for the test flight in my trusty C185, in a slightly misplaced, but beloved livery. There are some free seats left in my plane, if you like? And the views are going to be fine after this unspectacular takeoff. An overview of Martins Bay... ... and the adjacent Big Bay, ... ... before going down the coast... ... and into Milford Sound. I was surprised not to see lots of statics after parking in NZMF, as it came straight out of the box. I mean s
  25. I did not use a totally appropriate livery to start out of Queenstown today... and at the end of the flight I have also learned that it was not even a totally appropriate plane ... Climbing southbound over Lake Wakatipu... ... and enjoying a look back over the city. Mt. Aspiring NP from above... ... and a final view to the Lake, ... ... before I crossed the ridge and went down over Hollyford River... ... towards Martyns Bay. Oh no, it is still Martins Bay! Perhaps it is easier to l
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