Drone racing has steadily grown in popularity in recent years, but local clubs say they've noticed a spike in interest since New Zealand plunged into another Covid lockdown.
In Christchurch, a Crown-owned section of the Red Zone at Burwood has been home base for local club, Redzone Drone Racing. It hosts regular get togethers and race days, where drone pilots use first-person view (FPV) drones to navigate through purpose-built courses.
FPV drones can travel up to 160km/h, and are fitted with little cameras that feed to special goggles worn by pilots. The goggles give them the first-person view, as if they were sitting in or on the flying drone.