Cross the Ditch 24

Cross the Ditch 24

Sydney Waves

June's winter weather means people are on the move. Sydneysiders are hitting the slopes of New Zealand's South Island ski fields, and sampling the cultural and tourist hotspots in the North Island's two largest cities. Kiwis are escaping the rain of a sodden 2023, and flocking to the nightlife and excitement of Australia's Harbour City. Folks in both countries are keen to spend these long mid-winter evenings with family and friends across the ditch.

On VATSIM this June, Sydney is truly where it's at, in Cross the Ditch 24: Sydney Waves.

What's it all about?

For twenty hours this June, the skies over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand will be filled with aircraft all on a mission to Cross the Ditch.

An example of that typical down-under understatement, this "ditch" is over 1100nm wide. The flight routes all range from two and a half to three and a half hours flight time.

Throughout the event, Oceania's two divisions – VATNZ and VATPAC – will be providing full gate-to-gate ATC coverage, in the Southern Hemisphere's premiere oceanic event.

This is a great opportunity to experience Oceanic flying without the need to commit to an eight-hour flight!

If you're new to Oceanic Flying, our reporting tool makes taking part a breeze.

Event Times

This twenty hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world to join the fun:


This season's event is organised in waves. Each airport will have a three-and-a-half-to-four-and-a-half hour departure window, during which time flights will be able to leave for the next destination. As the window closes, the departure window will open at the next destination.

Given each of the flights is 2.5 - 3.5hrs in length, the previous wave's flights will be arriving at the same airport as the next wave departs, maximising the amount of traffic at each airport.

NOTE: in order to ensure that you have ATC coverage throughout your flight, you MUST fly the wave route that is active at the time of your departure.

The individual routes are designed to ensure as much opposing traffic enroute as possible.

Each flight passes from one Oceania division to the other, and the result is six mini-flyins over the course of twenty hours!

The Waves for Cross the Ditch 24: Sydney Waves are:

Wave Flight Departure Window
1 Wellington, New Zealand (NZWN) to
Sydney, Australia (YSSY)
1800-2130 0400-0730 0600-0930
2 Sydney, Australia (YSSY) to
Queenstown, New Zealand (NZQN)
2130-0130 0730-1130 0930-1330
2a Sydney, Australia (YSSY) to
Christchurch, New Zealand (NZCH)
2130-0130 0730-1130 0930-1330
3 Queenstown, New Zealand (NZQN) to
Sydney, Australia (YSSY)
0000-0430 1000-1430 1200-1630
3a Christchurch, New Zealand (NZCH) to
Sydney, Australia (YSSY)
0000-0430 1000-1430 1200-1630
4 Sydney, Australia (YSSY) to
Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA)
0330-0800 1330-1800 1530-2000
5 Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA) to
Sydney, Australia (YSSY)
0630-1030 1630-2030 1830-2230
Cross the Ditch 24: Sydney Waves Route Map

Calling all Pilots and Controllers

Flight plans are available from the Flight Plans section.

Book your flights now from the Flight Bookings page. Bookings made on this site help us plan for the event, and will also show up in vroute.

Controllers wanting to get in on the action can also apply now at the event's ATC Applications page.

Cross the Ditch is brought to you by VATPAC and VATNZ VATNZ - VATSIM New Zealand VATPAC - VATSIM Australia/Pacific