Fast-paced winter wonderland
If you are looking for one of the most unique and exciting experiences on offer during the winter months then look no further than the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground’s ice driving experience.
Located in one of the most picturesque winter locations around and based out of an awardwinning winter proving facility, this is a truly once in a lifetime experience.
The Southern Hemisphere Proving ground is located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand within 1hr drive of Queenstown or 45 mins from Wanaka. Guests can also choose to arrive via helicopter, which takes only 10 mins and is the perfect way to take in the spectacular mountain scenery.
Once onsite at SHPG’s new event centre, you’ll soon discover that this is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets.
The proving ground facility is where major car and tyre companies come to secretly test their cars during the northern hemisphere winter, making the most of the award-winning purpose-built snow and ice driving facilities.
The event centre is at the hub of the ice driving facilities.
The architecturally designed building boasts large open fires and
onsite dining and hospitality services. A day at the proving ground starts with a barista-made coffee and fresh baking then guests are introduced to some of New Zealand’s leading ice driving instructors, who take them through the plan for the day before heading out onto the snow and into the driving.
Audi supply the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground with a fleet of brand new vehicles which are specifically chosen to give people the best possible driving experience – and have the most fun while doing it.
Participants are put into smaller groups where they are assigned an instructor and their cars for the day. The ice driving experience is described by the head instructor as a “progressive drive day” where each person will learn the foundations of car control in a snow and ice environment then progress to dynamic driving where they’ll learn to drift and control the car through a range of “fun and exciting activities”.
The day finishes with a coned autocross course drive where times are recorded for bragging rights. The instructors then take participants for a lap around the facilities to show them how it’s really done.
The action-packed day is broken up with lunch at the event centre’s restaurant, which gives participants a chance to warm up by the fire and relax for a little bit before heading back out for the second round of activities.
The day winds up back in the event centre with a small prize giving and farewell from the instructors before the transfer vehicles arrive and participants are transported back to their accommodation - there’s usually a stop at the Cardrona Hotel or Cardrona Whiskey distillery along the way!
All in all, it’s a fantastic day out and an opportunity to experience one of the most unique and amazing ice driving experiences available today. This is the only ice driving location available during July and August and space is limited.
The ice driving experience is ideal for groups of 10 people or more and also has luxury apartments and conferencing facilities onsite where guests can indulge in a fully catered overnight package or combine some work along with play.