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Driving Experiences

Whatever spins your wheels, Release Wanaka can put you in the drivers seat.


Develop and improve your winter driving skills at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG), the internationally renowned winter vehicle testing facility situated high on the Pisa Range above Lake Wanaka. The snow and ice driving courses are one of the most unique and amazing experiences Wanaka has to offer. Highly qualified instructors guide you through auto industry development techniques on the snow and ice within a controlled and safe environment. Courses tailored to suit - whether it's team building, skill acquisition or just to have fun! Each experience is structured to provide a safe but challenging driving experience delivering an action-packed day.


Enjoy a 4WD journey exploring the private back roads of a Wanaka high country sheep station and visit Maori and European heritage sites all while enjoying stunning panoramic views over Lake Wanaka. Feast on a leisurely picnic lunch surrounded by Wanaka's raw natural beauty. Or visit several Central Otago wineries for a fun day of wine tastings and enjoy a platter style gourmet lunch.


Looking for a different, quirky experience? Explore the delights of the Central Otago region in vintage Citroen automobiles. Sample famous Pinot Noirs and the equally delicious white wines grown in this exciting wine district. Witness the winemaking process and visit appointment-only tasting rooms. There is an amazing assortment of attractions to explore during this fun day out in Central Otago.


The brand new 4.5 km international-standard circuit is located near the township of Cromwell, approximately 50km or a half hour drive from Wanaka. The 4.5 km circuit features three complete tracks that can be used at the same time. A 650 metre go-kart track is also operational. Try your hand at go-karting, go for an exhilarating fast-lap ride in a Porsche GT3 or visit the excellent National Motorsport Museum with its café and gift shop.

Release offers unique and memorable experiences. Talk to us about creating an experience that combines your personal choice of the many world-class attractions and adventure opportunities within easy reach of your luxury Wanaka accommodation.

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