X-Plane 10 New Zealand Pro

Update

Nov 7, 2016

Statement about the compatibility with X-Plane 11. X-Plane 10 New Zealand Pro will be fully compatible with X-plane 11 and can simply be moved from the old X-Plane 10 “Custom Scenery” environment to the new X-Plane 11 “Custom Scenery” environment. You only need to make sure, that in the new X-Plane 11 scnery_packs.ini the ordering remains correct (as recommended in the installation instructions).

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Introduction

X-Plane 10 New Zealand Pro is a complete replacement scenery package for New Zealand (North and South island). It is a combination of two parts.

  • An extremely high resolution base mesh (even a bit higher than the other HD Scenery Mesh regions) with updated (and more detailed) landclass data (riverbeds, mines and morains are entirely new – compared to default Global Scenery), very detailed road / railroad/ powerline vector, and highly accurate water data (you should find most of the relevant rivers / streams, tiny lakes, and more detailed coastlines).
  • An additional overlay scenery, which adds treelines (this time they are “real”, derived from GIS data) and tons of objects (mostly houses, but there are also barns, churches, substations, schools, hospitals, shelters – outside the area, which are filled in by XP10 autogen).

This all was possible by using a new data source (and no, this time its NOT OSM!!) from the New Zealand Government, namely LINZ (Land Information New Zealand – http://www.linz.govt.nz). So a big thank you goes to them, for making such great and detailed data freely accessible (which is still not commonplace in the GIS world – and answers the question, if I will make all of the planet in this quality –> NO).

This scenery is for X-Plane 10 only, you must have X-Plane 10.20 or above (as it brings some art assets – textures – in its default set, which NZ Pro uses).

And best of all – as always – this scenery is donationware! Which means, you can freely download and use it, and if you like, you might donate for it (and even then, you decide what its worth for you).

If you want to see a large selection of screenshots (lots of before-after shots are included!), click the image below:

Requirements

The X-Plane 10 New Zealand Pro Scenery brings a lot of extra details and eye candy to X-Plane 10 and is as such it puts much more strain on your hardware! If you do already have problems to keep frame rates high with the default Global Scenery, then this add-on might be definitely too much for you.

I also very highly recommend to use it with a 64bit version of X-Plane 10 (which is available since version 10.20) and MORE THAN 4 GBytes of RAM (at least 8 GBytes recommended), as the scenery is eating quite a lot of it. It will also run on 32bit X-Plane 10 (I know, as I tested it with it before the 64bit 10.20 Betas came out), but you might see “out of memory” errors more often (even on 32bit I highly recommend to have a minimum of 4 GBytes of RAM installed!)

Download

First, you should Download the two Scenery packages (two ZIP files). The Mesh and the Overlay package (you could also just take one of them, but then you will miss out on the full experience). Start your download by choosing one of the mirrors and clicking each link below:

Flightsim.com:

ISDG:

flightsim.com supports torrents now out of the box! You can (and should if possible!) start using BitTorrent directly on the respective flightsim.com download pages (the links in the dynamic map will bring you there)! Look for the tiny, round, blue button with “qb” written on it: torrent !

flightsim.com also offers you a first class membership (which at $30 for a year is less than many other, commercial add-ons might cost you), which removes all bandwidth limits for direct downloads at flightsim.com (other than the ultimate, physical limit posed by their server / ISP environment which is shared among all users). The flightsim.com BitTorrent support does not need a first class membership!

Installation

In the simplest case, you just need to unpack this ZIP files, and put the resulting directories (called “zzz_new_zealand” and “zzz_new_zealand_overlay”) in your X-Plane 10 \Custom Scenery folder!

After this, make ake sure, that in your Custom Scenery/scenery_packs.ini the Overlay pack is ABOVE the Mesh package (like this) AND both of them are situated below your other NZ Scenery packages (if you use airports etc.). Your two entries should look like this (and have this order):

  •  SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zzz_new_zealand_overlay/
  •  SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zzz_new_zealand/

If you use NZ Pro in combination with my HD Scenery Mesh, then please make sure, that you either remove the HD NZ folders from you Custom Scenery/zzz_hd_global_scenery (the NZ folders are -40+170, -50+160, -50+170 … you cane safely remove them, as NZ Pro replaces them with much better base mesh) or at least make sure, that the NZ Pro folders come ABOVE the HD Scenery Mesh in your Custom Scenery/scenery_packs.ini! Like this:

  •   SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zzz_new_zealand_overlay/
  •   SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zzz_new_zealand/
  •   ….
  •   SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zzz_hd_global_scenery/

If you did everything correctly, you should see similar results like in the screenshots here!

If you have any problems, contact me (either via mail or in the many X-Plane forums where you usually find me)!

COPYRIGHT

This scenery and most of the artwork (the building objects, and most of the textures) are created by Andras Fabian (thats me). Some of the object textures are also owned by Laminar Research (www.x-plane.com). I was granted a special permission to use them for my sceneries, but any other 3rd party use of them is not permitted! This means, you are not allowed to reuse my farm objects too (as they use in parts Laminar Research owned textures).

All data is freeware (donation ware) in the sense that you are free to download, copy and redistribute them for personal and non-commercial purposes, provided that the copyright notice is retained in the copy. You are not allowed to charge a fee for these files without the consent of the author other than that to cover the cost of the distribution. If a fee is charged it must be made clear to the purchaser that these files are freeware and that the fee is to cover the distributors costs of providing the files. You are not allowed to use these files or parts thereof in a commercial product. If in doubt, please contact me!