On the Rocks


While we associate the sinfully cool creation of author Ian Fleming with tropical climes and scantily clad dames, he’s had plenty of skirmishes in cold weather.

You’ll recall one of Pierce Brosnan’s only endearing moments during his portrayal of super spy James Bond in Die Another Day was when he raced around the ice of Iceland’s Glacier Bay in an ‘invisible’ Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, while a bald Korean albino raked him with machine gun fire. In The Living Daylights, the series’ most over-looked Bond, Timothy Dolton, takes his turn to race down a snowy Russian mountain side in a rocket-laden Aston Martin V8 Vantage, with the saucy cellist Kara Milovy, in an action-packed but short-lived escape scene. The fact is you never know when you might need a little ice training.

Visit the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG), high up in the Southern Alps outside the alpine haven of Wanaka, to test your nerve and skills on specialised ice driving tracks, behind the wheel of a luxury marque. Available between July and September each year, this icy escapade includes guided tutelage through the basics of dynamic ice driving, turning, and breaking, before afternoons spent navigating an ice circle and slalom course – there will even be time for a crack at the testing autocross course. The centre even has its own alpine accommodation, complete with private chef, to save you the commute from Wanaka, giving more time on the ice to hone your skills.

Because you don’t just find ice in martini shakers.

Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds
Packages from NZ$2,099 (HK$13,900) per person


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