[OFFICIAL] Weekly Dev Update Screenshot Challenge: New Zealand

It’s time for another screenshot challenge! The idea is to collectively explore different parts of the world together - areas that may be very familiar to you or perhaps a new place you have never flown before. Feel free to find others to fly with to capture the challenge, or go solo!

Last week’s winner from The Stratosphere: @JohnStarp (Forum)

This Week’s Challenge

New Zealand :new_zealand: - World Update XII: New Zealand is available now! This is your opportunity to showcase the scenery of this beautiful Pacific Ocean nation. If you’re looking for inspiration, consider joining our weekly Community Fly-In Friday event as we explore much of the South Island along with local NZ resident and real-life airline pilot @zkdos.

If you have any screenshot challenge ideas for the future, send @Jummivana a DM!


  1. Any time of day
  2. Any type of weather
  3. Code of Conduct appropriate liveries
  4. Default aircraft and scenery, or aircraft and scenery from the MSFS Marketplace
  5. Up to 10 entries (screenshots) allowed

The rest is fair game! Use your creativity! We will pick the top 11 shots. 1 will be featured as the main photo of the next dev update and the other 10 will be featured in the community section.

You may also add a watermark or username to your image if you wish.

How To Submit Your Screenshot

Just post them below here in this thread, or if you’re on Twitter you can tweet your photo with the #MSFSchallenge hashtag!

Note: For the week the challenge is active, this thread is for screenshot submissions and challenge clarification only. Casual conversation about image submissions is allowed after the weekly challenge has ended. Thank you!


I’ll start

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three screenshots from the least visited part of the country - you a re welcome to find more alpine lakes!:
Kudos, great DEM/TIN job overall, sweet IRL memories came up!
see here:

High mountain flying & landings - Microsoft Flight Simulator / Screenshots & World Discovery - Microsoft Flight Simulator Forums

Lake Tukoko (-44.59629516678287, 168.05147534726848) - but the devs goofed there :crazy_face:

can some modder please do Sutherland Falls: :gift_heart:

Lake St Patrick deep in Fjordland:

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Well, not touched NZ just yet, but i think there was an overall improvement going on after the latest update… i noticed the dutch islands in the Northwest had an awsome looking seashore… pretty sure it wasn’t looking thát good before. Well done Asobo/MS/Blackshark




Coronet Peak Ski Area


“Shadowfax riding scene” - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) filmed at Ashburton Lakes, New Zealand
GPS location -43.622903152833, 170.8985740465267

“Motorcycle scene” - X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) filmed at Glenorchy-Paradise Road, Otago, New Zealand
GPS location -44.7143249148135, 168.35278604322886

“Spaceship landing scene” - Alien: Covenant (2017) filmed at Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, New Zealand
GPS location -44.669756, 167.922278

“Mountain scene (Official Movie Trailer)” - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) filmed at Mavora Greenstone Walkway, Te Araroa Trail, Greenstone, New Zealand
GPS location -45.02458042148955, 168.24500658322978

“Eagle flight valley scene” - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) filmed at Fiordland, Sutherland Sound / Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
GPS location -44.789301842066465, 167.67627433106742

“Lake scene (Official Movie Trailer)” - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) filmed at Braemar Station, Braemar Mount Cook Station Rd, New Zealand
GPS location -43.98245776206593, 170.19548456148306




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Gisborne Airport, New Zealand

Gisborne Airport is one of my favourites because a railway line crosses through its main runway. I had requested that Microsoft make it a Star airport, and they did it. THANK YOU. However, it would be lovelier if a train passed through it in a loop every couple of minutes or so.


Queenstown approach in last light


Another day comes to an end in Gibbston Valley, New Zealand




Nice one, John. Which glacier is it?

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Tasman Glacier, between Mount Elie de Beaumont, the Minarets and Malte Burn.