Supercars are Queenstown’s new thrill

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Stunning supercars are about to become a regular sight on Queenstown roads.

Auckland-based Freeman X Supercars has launched the resort’s first luxury self-drive scenic tour.

It offers people the chance to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s finest automobiles – including a jaw-dropping Lamborghini Murcielago, a Ferrari F430 Spyder, Porsche 911 Turbo and Lotus Sports Racer.

“While New Zealand road rules do apply, there’s nothing quite like taking to the open road in one of these supercars and literally being spellbound by the beauty this region has on offer,” owner and New Zealand land speed record holder Eddie Freeman says.

“It’s surely on everyone’s bucket list.”

A chaperone accompanies drivers in a separate vehicle and escorts them as they navigate their way through the region, making scheduled stops along the way to change cars.

Freeman X Supercars has operated a similar self-drive experience in Auckland for more than three and half years.

Initially the company will offer three tour options, all starting at its Frankton base.

The two-hour tour takes drivers along State Highway 6 to Kingston stopping at a lookout point en route to change cars.

The road to Kingston offers a mixture of bends and straights and according to Freeman is “perfect road terrain for luxury vehicles such as these”. 

Tours leave daily at 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm with an introductory price of $199 per person driving the Porsche and Lotus, and $299 for the Lamborghini and Ferrari.

There are also half or full day tours to Cromwell or Wanaka, both of which take in Arrowtown along the way.

Those tours start from $799 per person for the half day and $1,399 for the full day experience.

“The longer trips enable drivers to really get to grips with what these cars can do,” Freeman says.

“There’s no better thrill than being the master of your very own supercar for the day.”

The firm is also targeting corporate and incentive groups with tailored self-drive packages and driving days.