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Face the Challenge

New Zealand has many challenging approaches that test pilots and passengers alike.

This week's SNO (Sunday Night Operations) sees us Face the Challenge as VATNZ plays host to three of the more challenging in our little piece of paradise, all of which feature in the VATNZ Challenges webpage.

The three challenges featuring this week:

  • Challenge #1: VOR/DME Approach to Queenstown (NZQN)
  • Challenge #2: ILS/DME Approach to Wellington (NZWN)
  • Challenge #3: NDB/DME Approach to Te Anau/Manapouri (NZMO)

Flight routes will depend on whether you want to fly a Jet, Turboprop, Light Twin or Light Single aircraft

Flight Routes

Jet Aircraft (Maximum B737-800 or A321) or Turboprop Aircraft (ATR or similar)

Wellington to Queenstown for Challenge #1

  • WNQN1: WN V306 SABDA Y622 MESIX H159 CH H476 ANOLA DCT BEGMU H291 SH (FL160 and above)
  • WNQN4: WN V306 SABDA Y622 MESIX H159 CH H291 SH (FL260 and above)
Queenstown to Wellington for Challenge #2
  • QNWN1 SH H291 CH V393 WN
  • QNWN 5 SH H438 BELEE Y567 CC V393 WN

Turboprop Aircraft (ATR or similar) and Light Twins or Singles Aircraft (ATR or similar)

Queenstown to Te Anau/Manapouri for Challenge #3

  • SH H188 MO
Te Anau/Manapouri to Queenstown for Challenge #1
  • MO H188 SH

Charts and Scenery

All Charts and Scenery links can be found at the VATNZ Challenges webpage.


NZMO Te Anau / Manapouri, New Zealand


 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-S_CTRChristchurch Control129.300
 NZCH-T_CTRChristchurch Control123.700
APPNZWN_APPWellington Approach119.300
TWRNZQN_TWRQueenstown Tower118.100
 NZWN_TWRWellington Tower118.800