A red aircraft flies over a lake towards mountains.




World Update XII: New Zealand Now Available!

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update XII: New Zealand beckons all to experience the expansive beauty that the country has to offer, reproduced in stunning photo-realistic quality. The jewel of the southwestern Pacific, born of volcanic fire and hewn by the sea and sky, New Zealand is globally renowned for its breathtaking vistas from Aoraki/Mount Cook, the country’s highest mountain at 12,218 feet above sea level; to the Milford Sound, a spectacular fjord that novelist Rudyard Kipling called the eighth Wonder of the World; Auckland’s needle-like Sky Tower, one of the highest structures on the planet; and the Bay of Islands, a group of 144 islands and numerous small peninsulas and inlets. Experience the stunning vistas that unfold with each glance from the cockpit above New Zealand.

The Microsoft Flight Simulator team brought together the latest geographic data to create World Update XII: New Zealand, including satellite imagery, aerial photography, and digital elevation models. The team even incorporated the Hobbiton Movie Set on New Zealand’s North Island that is surrounded by the region’s unique natural splendor.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update XII: New Zealand is available FREE to all owners. Confirm that your simulator is updated to version, download World Update XII: New Zealand and take in the natural beauty of New Zealand. The sky is calling!

TIN (triangulated irregular network) cities:

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Hamilton
  • Nelson
  • Queenstown
  • Tauranga
  • Wellington

Points of Interest

  • Akaroa Dolphins Cruise
  • Akaroa St Patrick’s Catholic Church
  • Akaroa Waterfront
  • Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • Auckland War Memorial Mus.
  • Balclutha Road Bridge
  • Beehive
  • Big Lemon and Paeroa Bottle
  • Cape Egmont Lighthouse
  • Cape Reinga Lighthouse
  • Cardrona Ski Resort
  • Castle Point Lighthouse
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Coronet Peak Ski Area
  • Cromwell Big Fruit Sculpture
  • Dog Island Lighthouse
  • Dunedin Law Courts
  • Dunedin Railway Station
  • Durie Hill Memorial Tower
  • Edith Cavell Bridge
  • Farewell Spit Lighthouse
  • First Church of Otago
  • Fo Guang Shan Temple
  • Forsyth Barr Stadium
  • Hell’s Gate
  • Hobbiton Village Matamata
  • Hole in the Rock
  • Hopwood Clock Tower
  • Huntly Power Station
  • Invercargill Water Tower
  • Kawarau Gorge Suspension Br.
  • Kerikeri Mission Station
  • Larnach Castle
  • Majestic Centre
  • Mohaka Viaduct
  • Mount Cargill Transmitter
  • Mount John Univ. Observatory
  • Mount Kaukau Transmitter
  • Mus. of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa
  • New Plymouth Power Station
  • New Zealand Parl. Library
  • New Zealand Parliament House
  • North Harbour Stadium
  • Ohaaki Power Station
  • Ohakune Carrot
  • Otira Viaduct
  • Rakaia Bridges (road and rail)
  • Rugby League Park
  • Sky Tower
  • Skyline Queenstown
  • Sugarloaf Transmitter
  • Taiaroa Head Lighthouse
  • Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge
  • Tekapo A Power Station
  • The Church of Good Shepard
  • The Remarkables Ski Area
  • Tiritiri Matangi Lighthouse
  • Titahi Bay Transmitter
  • Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter
  • TSS Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Wellington Regional Stadium & Railway Station

Handcrafted airports:

  • Gisborne Airport (NZGS)
  • Milford Sound Airport (NZMF)
  • Martins Bay Aerodrome (NZMJ)
  • Gorge River Airstrip (NZQE)
  • Rotorua Airport (NZRO)
  • Lake Tekapo Airport (NZTL)
  • Whangarei Airport (NZWR)
  • Westport Airport (NZWS)
  • Quintin Lodge Airstrip (T004)

Bush trips:

  • New Zealand’s North Island in a Textron Aviation Beechcraft Bonanza G36
  • New Zealand’s South Island in a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter G950
  • A historic recreation of the country’s first air route in a Douglas DC-3 Classic

Discovery flights:

  • Auckland, the country’s largest city, in a Cessna 152
  • Queenstown in a Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter
  • Lake Benmore in a DG Aviation DG-1001E neo glider

Landing challenges:

  • A strong wind landing at Wellington Airport (NZWN) in an Airbus A320neo
  • An epic landing at the Ryan’s Creek Aerodrome (NZRC) in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk
  • A technical landing at Gorge River Airstrip (NZQE) in a Savage Cub
  • A famous challenge in an Airbus A310-300 at Christchurch Airport (NZCH).