This is a once in a lifetime winter driving experience at the only ice racing facility in the Southern Hemisphere, professionally presented with highly qualified instructors and luxury European cars.
Suitable for groups of 10+ people this ice driving experience is one where you'll walk away with big smiles after a unique, exciting and memorable day on the snow.
Each group will be professionally instructed by highly-qualified instructors where each person will be guided through the basics of driving on snow and ice, before progressing into the intricacies of dynamic driving and car control – here you’ll experience the thrill of drifting including a snow circle and slalom course.
Upon arrival to this unique location and mountain event centre each group will be welcomed, briefed and introduced to the instructors and cars whilst enjoying a fresh morning tea in front of the roaring open fires. After this the morning drive session commences and with a quick stroll across the bridge the driving is underway. The morning session finishes after a good 2hrs of driving where guests head back to the event centre for a full buffet lunch and a chance to warm up inside. Lunch is all that separates the morning and afternoon driving sessions – the emphasis is on getting as much driving as possible. The day finishes in a culmination of the skills that have been learnt and refined during the day with timed laps on a coned snow and ice autocross course where bragging rights and the winners cap will be awarded.
Exclusively for groups of 10+ this ice driving experience is the ultimate in driving experiences - you'll receive expert tuition in brand new cars in an exclusive alpine setting at an award-winning winter proving ground.
ICE DRIVING EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME
Day 0 - arrival for an overnight experience
Arrival into Queenstown during the day, transfer to the SHPG event centre - transfers can be arranged in Luxury Minibus, by Helicopter. Check into the Event Centre between 4.00 and 6.00 pm
Relax and enjoy the spectacular Southern Alps backdrop as we welcome your group with locally crafted canapés & drinks at the SHPG Event Centre.
You will be treated to an 4-course dinner from a regionally themed menu including dishes such as organic beef fillet, wild venison, free range pork, New Zealand lamb and fresh fish & game.
Our experienced wait staff will ensure your dinner is enjoyed comfortably in front of the warm fires and cosy atmosphere of the SHPG ice driving event centre - it might even be snowing outside!
Day 1 – Drive day - for overnight and drive day customers
7.30 - 8am: Breakfast (for overnight guests)
Enjoy a bountiful selection of hot and cold breakfast options at SHPG ice driving event centre including a range of fresh local juices, espresso coffee and fine tea selection.
9am: Arrival and introduction
Guests arriving for the day drive are required to be at the event centre by 9am. Barista made coffee and fresh muffins are available as we get everyone signed in and briefed on the day ahead. The instructors will be introduced, have a brief overview of the day’s activities including safety requirements & break into groups and being assigned to instructors for the day.
Once completed everyone will grab their winter gear and head out onto the driving facilities as round 1 begins.
9.30am: Round 1
Driving activities - time to get into it
Head out onto the snow and ice facilities with your instructor and group where the lead instructor will take you through a morning of activities.
11.30 am: Lunch break
Time to head back to the event centre a two course buffet lunch will be waiting and you will have a chance to enjoy some fine southern fare, warm up in front of the fires and enjoy the hot and cold refreshments on offer.
12.30 am: Round 2
Driving activities - time to take your skills to the next level
During the afternoon session, you’ll get ample time to perfect your driving skills - you will experience the true feeling of drifting. Using the accelerator to control your car with small steering inputs you’ll develop full control of the car and hone your skills for the autocross course.
2.30 pm: Autocross course timed laps & spirited drive
Now you have honed your skills it’s now time to test them against the others, you’ll get a chance to take on a coned autocross course that combines all the skills you have learnt during the day – who will take out the fastest time and walk away with the winner's hat?
At the end of the day, one of our expert instructors will take small groups on a spirited drive around our snow facilities – they’ll show you how it's done!
3.00 pm: Prize Giving
We’ll move back into the Event Centre for a quick prize-giving. The fastest on the day will get a winners hat then it’s time to pack up & transfer back to Queenstown/Wanaka or you can add on a second night, enjoy a cold beer or mulled wine, kick back, relax and share a few stories with our instructors!
We can do it all – advise, plan and book and we look after you on the journey.Meet our people