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

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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.

Im­age: The South­ern Hemi­sphere Prov­ing Ground’s events cen­tre

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