I f 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 award-winning 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.