Lawrie I know the last few years have been tough, good to see you make an appearance here again.
As Mike says, AFS2 would be a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a sim not burdened with legacy baggage.
The 3rd party bits already available are excellent, and the community is tinkering with the tools available for homegrown stuff.
My hope is that Robin will produce the "Anchor Tenant" scenery which will flow into comprehensive NZ coverage the way it did for FS2004.
The basic ingredients are all there in the sim, and it is being grown by a quirky but very competent crew.
Picture if you will, this transplanted (from Switzerland) to NZ:
See more about the sim at their Wiki pages