Early Access! South Island beta release


Hurray! Early access! As a reward for seeing this post you get some download links! Below are links to my initial release of the South Island Ortho. Please test it out and report back on any major issues you have. If you can help seed the torrent that would be much appreciated.

NOTE: If you want the whole South Island you will need 120GB of HDD space! 262GB for the whole of New Zealand! (P.S It’s totally worth it)

Step 1: Download links

First, you will need the overlay folder:


Step 2: Ortho Scenery

Choose which area you want and download the scenery with your favourite torrent application. South Island Packs.jpg

Tasman (19GB): Lyndiman’s South Island Ortho Tasman

West Coast (32GB): Lyndiman’s South Island Ortho West Coast

Canterbury (32GB): Lyndiman’s South Island Ortho Canterbury

Otago (16GB): Lyndiman’s South Island Ortho Otago

Southland (26GB): Lyndiman’s South Island Ortho Southland

Step 4: Install into X-Plane

The Tasman pack will have a duplicate of -42+174 (Wellington). This is because that tile contains both the North and South Island. Please back up your previous -42+174 and copy over it with the South Island version. It contains both the North and South Island more accurately.

You will not need to do any conversions of JPG to DDS. Simply drop the yOverlay4XP folder and the zOrtho4XP folders into your X-Plane\Custom Scenery folder.

Step 5: Last step – edit your ini file

Load X-Plane and then immediate close it.

All of your new scenery will be added to your custom scenery.ini file.

Go to X-Plane\Custom Scenery and open the scenery_packs.ini file with a text editor.

Move the lines referring to your new Ortho to the bottom. Make sure the Overlays folder is at the top. (Add other overlays such as AlPilotX NZ Pro overlay if you want extra trees, buildings etc)

Make sure no other meshes are loading on top of the ortho, such as the NZ Pro Scenery (this would block the ortho)

My ini file looks like this:

<all the other mods here>
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zzz_new_zealand_overlay/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/yOrtho4XP_Overlays/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-35+172/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-35+173/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-36+173/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-36+174/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-37+173/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-37+174/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-37+175/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-38+174/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-38+175/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-38+176/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-38+177/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-38+178/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-39+174/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-39+175/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-39+176/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-39+177/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-39+178/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-40+173/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-40+174/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-40+175/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-40+176/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-40+177/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-41+172/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-41+174/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-41+175/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-41+176/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-42+171/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-42+172/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-42+173/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-42+174/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-42+175/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-42+176/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-43+173/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-43+172/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-43+171/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-44+171/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-44+170/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-44+169/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-43+170/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-44+172/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-44+173/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-45+168/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-45+167/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-45+169/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-45+170/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-45+171/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-46+166/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-46+167/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-46+168/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-46+169/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-46+170/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-47+166/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-47+167/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-47+168/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-47+169/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-47+170/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-48+167/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-48+168/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-41+173/
SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/zOrtho4XP_-44+168/

Load X-Plane and enjoy!

Aoraki Mt Cook3

NOTE: While I’ve edited thousands of images to put this together, it isn’t perfect. Some clouds may have slipped through and seams remain. If you find major issues, please let me know by commenting on this blog. If you can locate the bad image that would help, otherwise an accurate location on the map will do.

Beta 3 Patches:

  1. A tiny tile needs some reworking. You can download the replacement images here. Replace the textures of the tile -41+173 with this patch
  2. Lake Rotoiti has reflections and artefacts over the water. You can patch the images with this small patch here. Copy over the textures in the tile -42+172 with these new images
  3. Cloud removal in the Tasman region and coast line adjustment around Picton
  4. Terrain patch for near Dunedin
  5. Missing scenery in Otago

Categories: Flight Simulation

35 replies

  1. Thank you so much. Downloading now (over night).

  2. thanks. i’m a big fan. downloading and sharing

  3. I HIGHLY recommend using the fantastic X-Organizer for sorting your scenery, plugins and scripts!

    No more messing with files and having to think which goes in what order.

  4. Also downloading, with a 2TB SSD on order -) The more excited I get, the less space I have on the system…

  5. Thanks for the work, still seeding for others.
    These cost me I had to buy 1TB SSD drive couldn’t afford the 2TB but worth it.

  6. Loved the North Island. Downloaded the South Island and took a flight from Oamaru to Twizel up the Waitaki. Scenery looks good, but is seems to have lost any autogen features (e.g Vehicles on the roads). I am using alpilotx and have zzz_new_zealand_overlay/ loaded above yours and Custom Scenery/zzz_new_zealand/ loaded below. Is this expected (it could of course be the order of scenery_packs.ini)

    • Maybe email me your ini text to wichid at Gmail. You don’t need Custom Scenery/zzz_new_zealand/ as it’s a mesh. Just use the NZ Pro overlay, my overlay, and the ortho tiles under it, at the bottom of the ini.

      You could try the mod listed above in the comments also

  7. I love to fly over the south island, this will make it so much better. I have been downloading for 20 hours and only got 4 of the 5 South Island files. The last, West_Coast, is downloading so slowly it will take another 2 days to complete – my ISP provides 60Mb/s but the one seed (out of 3 peers) is uploading at 125KB/s

  8. Hi

    Currently downloading the South Island, will take all night so do I need to update with the above patches or have you corrected these in the original files now?

    Fantastic work


  9. Hi Richard, Just downloaded the Tasman pack and I’m getting the Wellington error, you say “Please back up your previous -42+174 and copy over it” – where exactly is the -42+174 I copy over or remove? I’ve just dumped the Tasman pack into custom scenery like all the other S.I. packs.

    • -42+174 is also in the North Island pack. So if you have that, you’ll be copying over it. If not then just proceed like the other regions.

      What error are you getting?

      • Ah… my bad. I had another NZWN loaded in custom scenery causing the conflict got rid of that and all fine now. Sorry for the bother.

  10. Hey there I have noticed two duplicate files in the Tasman pack not one, that are also in the North Island pack, also when I installed the Tasmania pack I noticed Wellington to me did not look as good, there were no wind turbines as there were before I replaced the duplicate files😎 by the way, this scenery is a work of art, I think I may have to cheat and download that thingy which sorts out your scenery order automatically 😊😋

  11. Just been flying out the back of Makarora and found this. Just in case you hadn’t seen it already.

  12. Hi there!

    Just re-hooked up with X-Plane after a hiatus and discovered your scenery. Great work!
    I’d love to try it out, especially Canterbury & West Coast, but apparently nobody’s seeding anymore. Would you and/or anybody else help me out for the next few days?

    Thanks a lot, appreciate your effort greatly!

    • Just started reseeding South Island R3. I can leave it seeding for a couple of days. Can only seed at about 700Kbs though.

      • Thanks very much Steve.

        At current speed it will take quite some time – I can’t tell how long since speed varies, so no worries if you decide to stop seeding. I’ll definitely drop a word when it’s completed successfully.

      • No problem. Just unthrottled my seeding. Will upload at about 11Mbs. I am located in the U.S so experience will vary. Make sure you are downloading the latest release which I believe is V3. I use it to fly around the Waitaki valley (where I grew up) , Central Otago and Fiordland. Will leave it up as long as you need it. Thanks so much to Lyndiman for creating this. Cheers, Steve

      • Okay, so it went faster than I expected and I’ve got it all now.
        Thanks very much for your help and thanks Lyndiman for your great work!

      • Any chance that one or both of you could starting seeding Otago and Canterbury V3 again? There are no seeders left 😦


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