My first full A to B flight using the NZNI scenery is one I've done a few times in real life - Ardmore (Auckland) to the central North Island town of Taupo, located on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake and not far from the volcanic plateau which contains the three active volcanoes Ruapehu, Tongariro (which erupted only a couple of weeks ago) and Ngaruahoe.
Using ActiveSkyX real weather conditions were fairly borderline for VFR in some parts of the intended route so I elected to go IFR instead. The aircraft is the Carenado Rockwell Commander 114.
Taxiing out at Ardmore, with a rain shower passing through.
Airborne off runway 21, I like the "one at a time" gear retraction sequence of the Commander - reminds me of a lot of old WWII fighters.
Climbing over the suburb of Papakura and turning left on to our required heading for Hamilton, the intermediate waypoint enroute to Taupo.
Over the Bombay Hills south of Auckland, with Pukekohe in the background - it's a completely separate urban area but is generally considered part of Auckland.
Climbing to the cruise level of 6,000ft near Mercer airfield.
In the clouds.
Over Kelly Field, a small private airstrip near Mercer.
A bit of a break in the clouds near Hamilton gives us a good view of the surrounding countryside.
Over Hamilton airport. This is a fairly busy domestic airport and has some limited international services to Australia and the Pacific Islands. It is the home of the Waikato Aero Club, and CTC Aviation (the NZ branch of the large British flying school) and is also the home of the Pacific Aerospace and Alpha Aviation aircraft factories.
Second part coming up in the reply.