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Highlands is revving up for the festive season
by staging its own Christmas party during
the Highlands 101 race weekend on Saturday
Groups of all sizes can take advantage of a $101
per person package which offers entry to the
race plus a carvery style lunch in a marquee
with prime viewing over the circuit – with DJ
Christmas is just one occasion to book an
event at Highlands. The circuit offers unique
experiences for entertaining and team building
including go karts, safari buggy adventures and
hot laps in a variety of vehicles at speed like
the Highlands High Speed Taxi. It can take up
to four people at a time and at $30 per person
offers a great value adrenalin rush.
Highlands caters for groups of all sizes and
budgets and with more than ten different
products it is simple to pick and mix the best
activities to suit a specific group.
Game Over has established itself as an exciting new all-
weather Queenstown attraction after just 12 months in
business. British singing superstar Ed Sheeran and rugby
league legend Benji Marshall are just two celebrities who
have been spotted racing around the state-of-the-art go kart
track at Remarkables Park in Frankton.
Owned by Highlands the indoor entertainment centre also
includes a Jurassic-themed lazer tag arena and a video
Spokesperson Kynan Yu says Game Over has exceeded all
“It’s gone way better than even we expected it to. We
launched a membership scheme for locals earlier this year
and lots of tourists have visited. As well as several celebrities
we’ve also had professional race car drivers like Shane van
Gisbergen have a crack and everyone raves about it.”
Game Over uses electric go karts fitted with 20 horsepower
motors that can be programmed with different maximum
speeds to suit drivers of all ages and abilities.
Kynan says electric karts are quieter, cleaner and more fun
to drive with superb acceleration out of tight corners.
“Kids as young as eight-years-old can drive our junior karts
and we’ve also had a few people in their 80s strap in for a
spin around the track. With 16 adult and eight junior karts
available families can have a lot of fun racing together.”
CELEBRITIES ENDORSE GAME OVER
A high-powered mix of exotic Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston
Martins, McLarens and Porsches will be revved up and ready
to race this spring as the thrilling Highlands 101 returns for
its fourth year.
The 101-lap endurance race is the main event of a full
weekend’s programme from November 11-13. Up to 42 cars
vie for the chequered flag after more than three gruelling
hours on the 4.1km Highlands circuit.
The 101 begins with a modern take on the famous Le Mans
running start and includes compulsory pit stops to swap
drivers and add to the excitement.
The weekend also features the Australian GT Championship
finale with around 30 cars and their drivers making the
trans-Tasman journey to finish their season at Highlands
spectacular Central Otago location and world-class facilities.
Top class entertainment is planned on and off the track,
including go-kart racing, a range of fun kids’ activities on
the top terrace and a mouth-watering selection of food and
refreshments to refuel spectators.
Free buses operate around the full circuit allowing families
to experience the Jurassic Park adventure playground, with
its line-up of dinosaurs, in between the racing action.
Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.nz or at the gate.
Pre-purchase tickets go in the draw to win a hot lap in the
Highlands $4.3m Aston Martin Vulcan.
Tony Quinn’s personal journey has been as
memorable for the owner of Highlands as a
flying lap in one of his high-powered supercars.
His autobiography Zero to 60 charts his life
from humble beginnings growing up in a
wooden caravan in Scotland to become a
hugely successful businessman and above all a
passionate motor sports enthusiast.
After moving to Australia in his early 20s Tony
and his wife Christina and their four young
children travelled on to New Zealand in the early
1980s. Here he began a remarkable story of
success in the pet food business that culminated
in him returning to Australia and selling his
company, VIP Petfoods, for over A$400m in 2015.
Tony’s success in business has fuelled his
passion for motor sport. He is one of the few
people in the world who holds the titles of
circuit owner, event promoter, category owner,
sponsor and race car driver.
In less than 18 months his vision for Highlands
went from an iPad sketch to a world-class $25m
racing circuit buzzing with visitors from all over
Australasia attending the inaugural Highlands 101.
Tony shows no signs of applying the brakes
just yet having purchased the North Island
Hampton Downs Motor Sport Park last year
and maintaining business interests with RJ’s
Liquorice and Darrell Lea Confectionery.
“I turn 60 soon and while I’ve achieved a lot in
business and motorsport, I’d like to think there’s
a lot more to come,” he says. “Since I finished
the book so much has happened in my life so
think of this as part one of my story!”
EXOTIC CARS FOR
BY SAM WHITE
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