In Queenstown

August 21st, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

I’m in for a couple of days. NZ must have seen the photo Whale took of my almost backing a car down a bank, and decided I need some upskilling.

So they have kindly put me on their BMW Alpine XDrive, which in their own words:

Put your driving skills to the test in the most challenging driving conditions the Southern Alps have on offer, behind the wheel of our latest BMW X Range vehicles.  Guided by professional BMW Instructors, you will discover first-hand the class-leading, road-holding capabilities of BMW’s xDrive technology – the world’s most intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

Having acquired the skills you need to drive in these extreme snow and ice alpine conditions, you will then experience power-slides in the skid circle and compete in timed challenges on the ice slalom. High-speed hot laps with a professional driver, on snow-covered roads are the only way to finish the day.

There is a more than reasonable chance that you’ll get to see a photo of me driving off a cliff and landing a few hundred metres down. If I manage to avoid driving into an icewall, it should be a bloody fun experience.

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17 Responses to “In Queenstown”

  1. James Stephenson (2,268 comments) says:

    Check something for me when you get behind the wheel could you? Flick the wee stalk by the steering wheel and tell us if it’s actually connected in any way to the orange lights on the corners of the car…

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  2. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,705 comments) says:

    James

    If it’s NZ assembled there won’t be any orange lights at the corners.

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  3. Mobile Michael (476 comments) says:

    Do you know why the Rasta bought a BMW?
    He thought it stood for Bob Marley and the Wailers.

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  4. Tookinator (222 comments) says:

    What do you mean ‘almost backing’? It was more than ‘almost!

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  5. s.russell (1,650 comments) says:

    If you have a 4WD, I recommend a trip to Paradise, with maybe Kinloch, the Routeburn and Greenstone Valley thrown in: some of the most awsomely fabulous scenery in New Zealand. Regardless, I hope you have a great time.

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  6. Cactus Kate (536 comments) says:

    Obviously want you to buy one.
    You do know that if you break it you have to buy it on one of these things David?

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  7. Steve (North Shore) (4,538 comments) says:

    “If it’s NZ assembled there won’t be any orange lights at the corners”

    Yes there are orange lights on the corners but the default setting is off. They are only used on rare occasions such as getting into the fast lane (BMW lane)

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  8. Nookin (3,575 comments) says:

    Are you sticking around Q’town or straying out of town?

    [DPF: We’re staying at Millbrook. I think we have drinks at Cardona Hotel tomorrow late afternoon if that is handy]

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  9. RRM (10,104 comments) says:

    Sounds like fun.

    Although the provincial in me wonders how far off road you’re REALLY likely to go in an automatic BMW softroader… :lol:

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  10. Steve (North Shore) (4,538 comments) says:

    To DPF and BMW owners:

    The other day I was cruising along as usual coming onto one of my motorways,
    which was very busy with inferior cars.

    First off, I couldn’t believe that the volume of traffic DIDN’T slow down
    for me AT ALL as I came off the slip road! I had to squeeze into a barely
    big enough gap between two cars in order to get onto my motorway (the driver
    of the car behind me did realize his mistake though and honked an apology to
    me with a long blast of his horn.)
    Unbelievably, I had to do the same again before I could get to the BMW lane
    (why do underlings use this lane? Surely everyone knows it is for BMW
    drivers only?).

    Anyway, once I was in the BMW lane and posing along at 140 kph enjoying the
    adulation that the inferior car drivers were giving me, I noticed an
    inferior car ahead of me which was not only in the BMW lane of my motorway,
    but was driving at a ridiculous 100 kph. Naturally, I got to within a foot
    or so of his rear bumper and flashed my headlights to remind him he shouldn’t
    be in the BMW lane of my motorway and to get out of my way. Of course, once
    he realized it was a BMW behind him, he did just that, but I could hardly
    believe it when he pulled straight back out behind me! He also tried to keep
    up with me and when he realized I would out-run him, he put on some blue
    lights in his front grill and urged me to get onto the hard shoulder so that
    he could congratulate me on my excellent car.

    Needless to say, I was eager to oblige and when we had stopped, the man gave
    me a piece of paper confirming what I already knew – that my car goes fast!
    Apparently he wants everyone to know what a superior car I have, so I had to
    go to court and show them. The man also said if I carried on like this they
    would take my drivers licence away! Can you imagine no need for a drivers
    licence?

    See, now THAT’s the sort of respect you get when you buy and drive a BMW!

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  11. Dave Stringer (190 comments) says:

    Steve
    Yours sounds like the kind of vehicle Winston needed this afternoon to get out of the Debating Chamber fast enough to satisfy the Speaker!

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  12. Steve (North Shore) (4,538 comments) says:

    Yeah, poor Winston, couldn’t happen to a better bloke lol.
    Jacinda needs one as well to communicate quick with the duck

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  13. Viking2 (11,686 comments) says:

    Ah, so the “new” Barry Chump.
    don’t forget the dog. Or the hay bale in the boot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5aw-PGqhZM&feature=autoplay&list=ULVCkjBKjCikU&playnext=2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbBx4Ql6Umo&feature=fvwp
    bugger

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  14. Elaycee (4,425 comments) says:

    A BMW Alpine XDrive? Very nice!

    But be sure to tell us the number of times you hit the wipers instead of indicating!

    Heh…. :D

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  15. Nookin (3,575 comments) says:

    DPF A bit stuck tomorrow afternoon. Enjoy drinks.

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  16. PaulL (5,451 comments) says:

    Millbrook. Noice. BMW. Hmmm. Couldn’t do it meself. Rather have a VW and the money in the bank.

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  17. Paulus (2,712 comments) says:

    Buy A Land Rover in the Auckland region and go on their Driving Instruction course in South Auckland for the day, and learn to drive, with instructors every sort of vehicle they have, and every terrain on the course. Great fun

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