Go Travel New Zealand - - Contents - By Steve Gould

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.

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