The proposal for the Tasman Motorsport Park has been gaining momenturn in recent months.
The 203ha site at Rabbit Gully , near the Kohatu Hotel in Nelson, is owned by roading contractors Garry Adcock and Gary Donaldson. The circuit will support drag racing, go-karts, off-road buggies, quad bikes and even jet skis and jet sprint racing in a lake created inside the circuit. The facility will also include a conference centre and driver training school.
David McLeod, the Nelson architect behind the project says: “The complex is designed to be busy year round, drawing people to the region, how ever it might take 15 years to complete. Once finished it will boast a bar, restaurant, 21km of mountain bike track, a confidence course, outdoor arena and a camp ground” The Tasman District Council funded a feasibility study for the project in 2008. Mcleod added “Once council officers have provided guidance on aspects such as roading, water supply, protecting the environment etcetera, property neighbours will be re-approached with more precise plans.” A formal resource consent application will then be fleshed out.