Winter Drive Experience

Master unexpected situations on winter roads with our Winter Drive Experience.

Great for businesses wanting to keep employees safe during the winter months, or individuals looking to improve their winter driving skills. Led by a professional New Zealand race car driver, this three-hour experience focuses on practical, highly relevant skills to keep drivers safe and in control on the roads.

Download our Winter Drive Flyer

Bus & Coach groups

If you are arriving on a coach, bus or minivan, we can pre-arrange for you to do a commentary slow lap of the track in your bus. One of the Highlands team will jump aboard to give the commentary as you drive the track. There may even be a race car whizzing past!

Your group will love our famous Loo With A View, one way glass in our toilets and each one is individually themed.

There is a café onsite with a large outdoor balcony overlooking the park to cater for breakfast, morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea, or simply a cold drink and ice-cream.

We do ask that you pre-arrange your visit to Highlands with our groups team.

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Bus & Coach groups

If you are arriving on a coach, bus or minivan, we can pre-arrange for you to do a commentary slow lap of the track in your bus. One of the Highlands team will jump aboard to give the commentary as you drive the track. There may even be a race car whizzing past!

Your group will love our famous Loo With A View, one way glass in our toilets and each one is individually themed.

There is a café onsite with a large outdoor balcony overlooking the park to cater for breakfast, morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea, or simply a cold drink and ice-cream.

We do ask that you pre-arrange your visit to Highlands with our groups team.

School Groups

Highlands is a popular choice for school groups. If you are arriving by bus or mini van then we start your visit with a commentary slow lap of the track in your bus. One of our team will tell the kids all about the track and the cool stuff that happens at Highlands!

Then Go Karts and the Museum are a must do. There is even a podium and a flying fox at Go Karts. The Museum is filled with interactive activities that is included in your museum entry price (including a Reaction Test, Virtual Reality Room, Daytona Sega Arcade Simulators and a Selectrix Set)!

Talk to our team about planning your school visit.

Car Clubs

We love a car club visit to Highlands.

We offer touring track laps behind a pace car for 2-3 laps on track, the only way you can get onto the Highlands track with your own vehicle. A group photo is a must in one of our various locations around Highlands Park.

There is a café onsite with a large outdoor balcony overlooking the park to cater for breakfast, morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea, or simply a cold drink and ice-cream.

Talk to our groups team about your car club visiting.

Drivers will learn:

  • How to stop in an emergency
  • How to handle your car in adverse conditions
  • Basic car maintenance
  • What to do if you lose control of your vehicle
  • Safe driving techniques
  • Economical driving techniques
  • Led by our professional New Zealand race car driver
  • Tailored, practical winter driving skills experience
  • The experience is undertaken in the participants’ own car
  • Morning or afternoon tea included
  • Group discounts available for groups of 10 or more

The experience is undertaken in the participants’ car, helping to ensure that the skills they’re learning are directly applicable within the car they drive on a daily basis.

Drivers will also get a car safety check from our qualified, on-site mechanic as well as the opportunity to do controlled track laps on part of the Highlands circuit – always a highlight.

Sample Conference – 1 day

Have your guests arrive and mix and mingle on the conference balcony overlooking the Highlands circuit before heading inside for conference.

Catering can be in the conference room or they can take their breaks out on the balcony overlooking the Highlands circuit and out to the Central Otago hills.

No parking worries – plenty of onsite parking.

$POA

Price on application

Sample Conference – 1 day with activities

Why not break the ice and start with an activity* or two to get your delegates ready to sit inside and share ideas.

The conference room has plenty of natural light and inside/outside flow for breaks.

No parking worries – plenty of onsite parking.

* Activities can be done at the start of the day or end of the day

$POA

Price on application

Sample Conference – 1 day

Have your guests arrive and mix and mingle on the conference balcony overlooking the Highlands circuit before heading inside for conference.

Catering can be in the conference room or they can take their breaks out on the balcony overlooking the Highlands circuit and out to the Central Otago hills.

No parking worries – plenty of onsite parking.

$POA

Price on application

Sample Conference – 1 day with activities

Why not break the ice and start with an activity* or two to get your delegates ready to sit inside and share ideas.

The conference room has plenty of natural light and inside/outside flow for breaks.

No parking worries – plenty of onsite parking.

* Activities can be done at the start of the day or end of the day

$POA

Price on application

Sample Conference – 1 day

Have your guests arrive and mix and mingle on the conference balcony overlooking the Highlands circuit before heading inside for conference.

Catering can be in the conference room or they can take their breaks out on the balcony overlooking the Highlands circuit and out to the Central Otago hills.

No parking worries – plenty of onsite parking.

$POA

Price on application

Sample Conference – 1 day with activities

Why not break the ice and start with an activity* or two to get your delegates ready to sit inside and share ideas.

The conference room has plenty of natural light and inside/outside flow for breaks.

No parking worries – plenty of onsite parking.

* Activities can be done at the start of the day or end of the day

$POA

Price on application

Sample Conference – 1 day

Have your guests arrive and mix and mingle on the conference balcony overlooking the Highlands circuit before heading inside for conference.

Catering can be in the conference room or they can take their breaks out on the balcony overlooking the Highlands circuit and out to the Central Otago hills.

No parking worries – plenty of onsite parking.

$POA

Price on application

Sample Conference – 1 day with activities

Why not break the ice and start with an activity* or two to get your delegates ready to sit inside and share ideas.

The conference room has plenty of natural light and inside/outside flow for breaks.

No parking worries – plenty of onsite parking.

* Activities can be done at the start of the day or end of the day

$POA

Price on application
Why should we do this as a company? Our staff have a driver’s licence, they know how to drive!

The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, states that a vehicle is a place of work – and as such anyone that drives as part of their work must receive education that is specific to the job, otherwise the company could be liable (or partly liable) in the event of an accident. Staff who are experienced in safe driving are less likely to have accidents, which results in less downtime, less vehicle damage and fewer insurance claims. Winter driving skills can potentially save your employees’ lives & the lives of others.

Winter Drive Experience

In a safe and controlled environment

Master the unexpected situations on the road this winter.

Features:

  • For groups and individuals
  • 3 hours experience including morning tea
  • Prices are per person
  • Session sizes are max 10 participants
  • Time is 8:30am – 11:30am
  • Add Go Karting for $25pp (normally $49pp)

Early bird special until May 31st 2022

$369

Normal price (Group discount when booking 10 or more)

TESTIMONIALS

I must say our entire program was challenge after challenge and Highlands did such an amazing job to deliver what our client have called their best launch yet!

Thank you for being so flexible during the booking process as well as onsite, it made such a difference for us. I would not hesitate to recommend you and the team at Highlands and I look forward to working together again! 

Michael Smith
New World
2/4
I must say our entire program was challenge after challenge and Highlands did such an amazing job to deliver what our client have called their best launch yet!
Thank you for being so flexible during the booking process as well as onsite, it made such a difference for us. I would not hesitate to recommend you and the team at Highlands and I look forward to working together again! 
Michael Smith
New World
2/4

Fantastic experience! Being able to push your capabilities in your own car in a safe environment with great instruction is priceless. I have confidence in being able to recognise, react and deal with a risky situation knowing what I and my car can do. Thank you Highlands.

Catherine
NZ Police Assn

I have been driving in all conditions for 35 years and still found this a really valuable learning experience. The course taught how to take advantage of all the modern driving aids your vehicle is equipped with.

Richard
Amisfield

By putting our staff through the Highlands winter driving experience, focuses their minds on the challenges they will face during winter. Our staff look forward to it – & you can’t say that too often about training! It’s fast-paced and hands-on. I’m confident it has not only made them better drivers and has given them skills for life.

Dave Dunlop​
Peak Power Services

Conference Room (Pit Lane)

Our stand-alone pit lane building has a private conference room on level 1 and is available for exclusive hire. It offers one of the most distinctive function venues in the South Island. This space has an expansive glass-fronted room with amazing views across the Highlands circuit and out to the Central Otago hills, the doors flow out onto an outdoor deck.

This room is a blank space so lends itself well for theming or branding or let the breath-taking views be your backdrop.

The building has a lift and stair access.

This room has block out curtains for audio visual and plenty of off-street free parking.

Audio visual includes 75” TV screen, all other Audio Visual price on application

Pit lane conference room set up

  • Half day or full day hire available
  • Exclusive hire of the room
  • Round tables and chairs
  • Linen
  • WiFi
  • 75” TV screen wall mounted
  • Pads and pens
  • Free car parking
  • Complimentary tap water
  • Dedicated Functions co-ordinator
  • Set up and pack down, cleaning and rubbish removal

Conference Room (Pit Lane) Specifications

Space:
Room:
176m2
Exterior deck:            
246m2
Activities:

Talk to us about adding on-site activities to your conference

Capacity:
  • Cocktail style                         150 guests
  • Theatre style                          120 guests
  • Banquet (rounds)                 100 guests
  • Banquet (long tables)        120 guests
  • Cabaret (round)                      80 guests
  • Breakout space several garages underneath or out on the deck
Function:

Talk to us about adding a welcome function, onsite dinner or cocktail function to your conference, and if a multi day conference we can certainly share our local knowledge for offsite options too.

Catering:

Talk to us about our various catering options using in-house and external suppliers

Accommodation:

We have accommodation onsite including studio rooms and 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments with shared lounge and kitchen and of course a balcony to soak in the surrounding views

Private GT Members Lounge

Our Private Members lounge is available for exclusive hire, this area is a finely appointed room offering you the very best facilities with comfortable lounge décor and fireplace. Located on the second level of the Highlands Museum complex, the members lounge offers sweeping views of our race circuit and park out to the Central Otago hills with its own exclusive balcony and toilets.

Audio Visual includes 1 x 55”& 1 x 65” TV screens wall mounted. All other Audio Visual price on application.

GT Members Lounge set up

  • Half day or full day hire available
  • Exclusive hire of the room
  • Furniture (set up is lounge style)
  • Tables and chairs if you require boardroom style
  • Linen
  • WiFi
  • 1 x 55” and 1 x 65” TV screens wall mounted
  • Pads and pens
  • Free car parking
  • Complimentary tap water
  • Dedicated Functions co-ordinator
  • Set up and pack down, cleaning and rubbish removal

GT Lounge Specifications

Space:
Room:
86.2m2
Activities:

Talk to us about adding on-site activities to your conference

Capacity:
  • Cocktail style   30 guests
  • Lounge style     20 guests
  • Boardroom       16 guests
Function:

Talk to us about adding a welcome function, onsite dinner or cocktail function to your conference, and if a multi day conference we can certainly share our local knowledge for offsite options too.

Catering:

Talk to us about our various catering options using in-house and external suppliers

Accommodation:

We have accommodation onsite including studio rooms and 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments with shared lounge and kitchen and of course a balcony to soak in the surrounding views

Highlands Café

Located at our Highlands Museum complex, the café has stunning views across the Highlands circuit and central Otago Hills. Plenty of seating inside for large groups and also the café boasts an impressive al fresco dining area with shade sails to protect you from the Central Otago sun.

The café area is the social hub of Highlands and has multiple uses.

  • Platters and drinks at the end of your activities – bring your group back together to share their stories and times.
  • Casual dinner café style with outdoor flow onto the lawn and café balcony
  • Formal dinner with outdoor flow onto the lawn and café balcony
  • Bar and dance area if your dinner is in the Museum

Cafe set up

  • Non-exclusive hire included (reserved space)
  • Exclusive hire options available
  • Furniture (set up café style is included)other seating set ups are available on request for an additional price
  • WiFi
  • Free car parking
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary tap water
  • Dedicated Functions co-ordinator
  • Set up and pack down, cleaning and rubbish removal
  • Audio Visual = POA (price on application)
  • Linen = POA (price on application)

Café Specifications

Space:
Room (inside):
120m2 (where tables are)
buffet table and bar serving area an additional
59sm2
Room (café deck):
216m2
Lawn area in front of café:
281.6m2
Activities:

Talk to us about adding on-site activities to your conference

Capacity:
  • Cafe style (inside)                              90 guests
  • Cocktail style (inside)                   100 guests
  • Café style (on the deck)              100 guests
  • Cocktail style (on the deck)      150 guests
  • Cocktail style (lawn)                     180 guests
  • Formal dinner (round tables)     80 guests with buffet (inside)
  • Formal dinner (round tables)     90 guests with plated dinner (inside)
  • Herring bone with trestles       220 guests (we can extend the cafe wall into the lower Museum with the removal of cars)
Function:

We have accommodation onsite including studio rooms and 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments with shared lounge and kitchen and of course a balcony to soak in the surrounding views

Catering:

Talk to us about our various catering options and menus

National Motorsport Museum

This is the heart of Highlands and is an unique venue for any cocktail function, stand up dinner for a large group or small intimate dinner. Set in modern architecture, with floor to ceiling windows that look across the Highlands circuit and Central Otago hills, polished concrete floors and home to over $25 million of cars!

The Museum has wide appeal event to non-motorsport fans, the cars become the ice breaker and talking point for any welcome or cocktail function.

  • Stand up cocktail function
  • Stand up welcome function with food stations
  • Intimate dinner (round tables down the middle amongst the cars)
  • Intimate dinner (long table down the middle amongst the cars)

Cafe set up

  • Non-exclusive hire included (reserved space)
  • Exclusive hire options available
  • Furniture (set up café style is included)other seating set ups are available on request for an additional price
  • WiFi
  • Free car parking
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary tap water
  • Dedicated Functions co-ordinator
  • Set up and pack down, cleaning and rubbish removal
  • Audio Visual = POA (price on application)
  • Linen = POA (price on application)

Museum Specifications

Space:
Museum seated dinner
844m2 (middle cars removed)
Museum cocktail
2271m2 (all cars left in)
Activities:

Talk to us about adding on-site activities to your conference

Capacity:
  • Cafe style (inside)                        300 guests (using full museum)
  • Food stations cocktail style   300 guests (using full museum)
  • Banquet lower Museum          270 guests (herring bone with trestles)
  • Seated dinner long table            60 guests (middle cars removed)
  • Seated dinner round tables      70 guests (middle cars removed)
Function:

We have accommodation onsite including studio rooms and 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments with shared lounge and kitchen and of course a balcony to soak in the surrounding views

Catering:

Talk to us about our various catering options and menus

Marquee dinners

Highlands has plenty of space for a marquee or several marquees, set on our well-manicured grounds with 360 degree views of the Central Otago hills.

We work with professional suppliers including marquee hire company, caterer, event photographer, audio visual and linen company to provide every detail for your function.

We manage the suppliers and provide you with one comprehensive quote. With plenty of off-street parking and various sites available.

Marquee Set Up

  • Exclusive hire options available
  • WiFi
  • Free car parking
  • Dedicated Functions Manager
  • Set up and pack down, cleaning and rubbish removal priced on space required
  • Marquee and Furniture = POA (price on application)
  • Audio Visual = POA (price on application)
  • Linen = POA (price on application)

Marquee Specifications

Space:
Various sites on our main terrace and at pitlane
Activities:

Talk to us about adding on-site activities to your conference

Capacity:
  • No limit
Function:

We have accommodation onsite including studio rooms and 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments with shared lounge and kitchen and of course a balcony to soak in the surrounding views

CATERING

Highlands has an onsite Café and licensed bar with a dedicated team to provide you with a variety of delicious options and group packages to suit. Our food can be served in any of our Function venues onsite.

Our in-house catering team can prepare morning tea, lunch and dinner to everything in between. Or we can bring in one of our approved preferred out catering teams to match your requirements.

We have a selection of beverages for purchase including premium beer, cider, local Central Otago wines, soft drinks and local juices.

Our groups menu is available on request.

Contact our groups team for more information groups@highlands.co.nz

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