Vortex Wind Karting
Vortex Wind Karting
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Wind karting at its best on our purpose built track Fun for all ages 8 years and up Side kart to take the little ones Human Foosball for team building Mini pro Segways
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  • GStar
    31 contributions
    So friendly & safety was paramount
    Late review as I had a go at this at the end of December! The owners were super friendly and their instructions and guidance excellent. Our safety was their main concern as well as trying to help us get the hang of it! It was a bit gusty that day and changing wind directions made it harder than it should have been, but you can’t judge exact conditions until you get there. Whilst not technically complicated having an understanding of how wind works with sails in order to move an object helps! Theoretically a windsurfer should do well but that’s not necessarily the case... We were able to get going and get a feel for it which was fun. You really need to be going some to turn it on it’s side - and you get 3 warnings for turning it over and then asked to leave. This is reasonable given that you won’t have been following instructions if you do it that many times. In all we felt safe, well looked after and really enjoyed it as a different type of activity to do in Nelson.
    Visited December 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 13, 2020
  • JoRhys
    89 contributions
    A must and great price
    Great fun for all of the family. Best on a windy day, so the sails fill with air to more you along fast. Staff/owners very helpful in showing and helping you when you couldn't get the wind on the sail. A must and a great price.
    Visited September 2020
    Written October 7, 2020
  • RMSu
    London, United Kingdom45 contributions
    Not to be missed
    Having seen this site from riding by on the Great Taste Trail we decided we had to give it a go !Great decision. Easier than expected, fast, exciting but it felt safe. Run by a lovely helpful couple it should be on the to do list of anyone in the area.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2020
  • Iain M
    Kidlington, United Kingdom6 contributions
    Awesome, brilliant etc.
    6 of us age 30 to 65, 50 to 100kg all set out on Murray and Ellie's karts. We all picked it up pretty quickly and had a great time. Don't worry about tipping over, as the kart frame is quite supportive. Get the 4m sail if you can...
    Visited December 2014
    Traveled with family
    Written December 27, 2014
  • Marcelo P
    Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
    what a thrill!! you have to do this one!!
    We had a great time with Murray. We've never done this before or any sailing, but Murray had us going in no time. What a thrill!!! we loved it. Safe and heaps of fun. Don't miss it.
    Visited December 2014
    Traveled with family
    Written December 18, 2014
  • Deeks H
    Sydney, Australia8 contributions
    Windy Day and Great Fun
    A very exciting experience for me and my two kids, as you go zooming along on a windy day! It was very safe, and if your kart tipped, your seat belt and helmet kept you safe. The staff were very friendly but it was a little hard to understand how to work the kart. Bit of a baptism of fire on a day when the wind must have been gusting over 30 knots. It was awesome once you got the hang of it. It was excellent value, as it is a very fun and unique experience. Better signage (and website) would be helpful, as you have to look for tiny signs directing you to the area of the wind karting. Lots of fun and I would recommend it to anyone! And hope that this business generates more custom and sticks around for a long time.
    Visited January 2014
    Traveled with family
    Written January 16, 2014
  • AndyBInWiltshire
    102 contributions
    Easy to pick up and great fun
    I wasn't quite sure how I would get on with this, as it was my first time and I have no sailing experience. But I had a great time. I was soon whizzing around and up on 2 wheels. If it gets too fast you just let go of the rope. The staff were very helpful and one of them came out to show us the lines. My son (13) also had a great time. It is quite tiring, so one hour is plenty for most people.
    Visited October 2019
    Written October 28, 2019
  • orangeflash
    Epsom, New Zealand7 contributions
    Awesome fun!
    I went along to Vortex Wind Karting with a couple of friends on a windy Nelson day to have a go and something new and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Their blokarts are an absolute blast to race around the track and are surprisingly easy to get the hang of after a few laps. It was definitely worth the $50 for an hour of racing, and is the perfect activity to do with a bunch of mates on a windy day.
    Visited February 2019
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 13, 2019
  • Janne T
    Helsinki, Finland57 contributions
    Great fun!
    I went there 28 January and it was so much fun! I windsurf and sail so picking up the ropes was quite easy but I am sure that you learn this fast without prior experience. These cars accelerate so fast when you pick a gust but still it feels safe. I was cruising mostly solo on the track and if you have bunch of friends then this will be even way better. All in all very nice activity and some contrast to the hiking in Abel Tasman.
    Visited January 2019
    Traveled solo
    Written January 28, 2019
  • Grant M
    5 contributions
    Wind-karting / Blo-karting / Land Yachting
    This activity should be on your ‘Must Do’ list. Huge amount of fun and easy to learn (we had never done it before or done any sailing). We did a 1 hour session and we all loved it. Great hosts who run the place. I highly recommend this activity.
    Visited January 2019
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2019
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Iain M
Kidlington, UK6 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
6 of us age 30 to 65, 50 to 100kg all set out on Murray and Ellie's karts. We all picked it up pretty quickly and had a great time. Don't worry about tipping over, as the kart frame is quite supportive.

Get the 4m sail if you can...
Written December 28, 2014
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Marcelo P
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
We had a great time with Murray. We've never done this before or any sailing, but Murray had us going in no time.
What a thrill!!! we loved it. Safe and heaps of fun. Don't miss it.
Written December 18, 2014
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Deeks H
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
A very exciting experience for me and my two kids, as you go zooming along on a windy day! It was very safe, and if your kart tipped, your seat belt and helmet kept you safe. The staff were very friendly but it was a little hard to understand how to work the kart. Bit of a baptism of fire on a day when the wind must have been gusting over 30 knots. It was awesome once you got the hang of it. It was excellent value, as it is a very fun and unique experience. Better signage (and website) would be helpful, as you have to look for tiny signs directing you to the area of the wind karting. Lots of fun and I would recommend it to anyone! And hope that this business generates more custom and sticks around for a long time.
Written January 16, 2014
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AndyBInWiltshire
Swindon102 contributions
Oct 2019
I wasn't quite sure how I would get on with this, as it was my first time and I have no sailing experience. But I had a great time. I was soon whizzing around and up on 2 wheels. If it gets too fast you just let go of the rope. The staff were very helpful and one of them came out to show us the lines. My son (13) also had a great time. It is quite tiring, so one hour is plenty for most people.
Written October 28, 2019
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orangeflash
Epsom, New Zealand7 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
I went along to Vortex Wind Karting with a couple of friends on a windy Nelson day to have a go and something new and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Their blokarts are an absolute blast to race around the track and are surprisingly easy to get the hang of after a few laps.

It was definitely worth the $50 for an hour of racing, and is the perfect activity to do with a bunch of mates on a windy day.
Written February 14, 2019
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Janne T
Helsinki, Finland57 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
I went there 28 January and it was so much fun! I windsurf and sail so picking up the ropes was quite easy but I am sure that you learn this fast without prior experience.
These cars accelerate so fast when you pick a gust but still it feels safe.
I was cruising mostly solo on the track and if you have bunch of friends then this will be even way better.
All in all very nice activity and some contrast to the hiking in Abel Tasman.
Written January 29, 2019
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Grant M
5 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
This activity should be on your ‘Must Do’ list. Huge amount of fun and easy to learn (we had never done it before or done any sailing). We did a 1 hour session and we all loved it. Great hosts who run the place. I highly recommend this activity.
Written January 9, 2019
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Geoff L
Lincolnshire, UK26 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
Great fun and great people running venue, value for money and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Written March 3, 2016
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Written October 31, 2016
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Chris Blake
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
Great fun, upside down once but that is part of getting the hang of it, Murray is very helpful & you learn the basics quite quickly. Will be back again.
Written February 24, 2016
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crabbeypatty
Dunedin, New Zealand8 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Thanks Murray and Ally for a very good time. We are coming back again for a second go its so good. We highly recommend people to come and give it a go it so easy It put you I a High for a long time.
Cheers Cath, Brian, Ben
Written January 16, 2016
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