90. Go-karting, cars & mini-golf in Cromwell
From whale-watching and go-karting to spending the day as a sea postie and the night in a haunted castle, there’s no shortage of family fun to be found here: here is No. 90 of our 101 Reasons To Stop Dreaming About New Zealand And Go.
The Central Otago township of Cromwell is known for delicious wine, fresh produce – and a motorsport park to thrill even the most hardened revhead. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, the Highlands Motorsport & Tourism Park offers everything from a car-themed sculpture park to the chance to hop in a Ferrari 488 GTB with a professional driver for a spin around a world-class racetrack. Gather the family to test their speeds on the 650-metre go-kart track, with children aged 10 and over allowed to drive their own kart (no experience needed), while tandem karts with dual steering are available to kids aged six to 10, accompanied by an eligible driver.
Prefer to watch from the sidelines? Check out the Highlands Museum collection of rare cars and motorsport memorabilia or play a round of mini-golf, and then enjoy a bite to eat at the on-site cafe overlooking the track.
The loos are also worth checking out to get a glimpse into the strange-yet-creative mind of loo designer and Highlands’ owner Tony Quinn. Born in Scotland, the Australian pet-food entrepreneur, who apparently has a thing about toilets, is a long-time investor in Australian and New Zealand motorsport industries and the brains behind the park. Tony has invested time and humour into making the park’s facilities totally unique, including installing windows looking out to the track fitted above a row of urinals made from musical instruments and The Royal Suite complete with gold panelling.
You’ll find the track on the corner of State Highway 6 and Sandflat Road in Cromwell. Talk to the customer service team about the Highlands Family Deal, which includes go-karting, a 15-minute ride in the high speed Highlands Taxi and access to the museum, VR room and mini-golf. Going to the toilet is free!