Man charged after $20m McLaren supercar crashes into ditch near Queenstown

An Australian man has been charged with careless driving after a $20m McLaren F1 supercar crashed on Saturday.

The accused did not appear in the Queenstown District Court this morning, but was remanded until his next appearance in January. 

McLaren supercars ride from Auckland to Queenstown for namesake motorsport legend Bruce McLaren. Source: Seven Sharp

Queenstown freelance photographer James Allan was one of the first at the crash site on the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road where the sports car was covered and resting in a ditch.

Mr Allan says because of the cover over the vehicle, it was hard to tell the extent of the damage.

"From what I saw, possibly some damage to the rear wheels and the bumper," he said.

Mr Allan was approached by someone kitted out in McLaren gear asking how much it would cost for the photos he'd taken.

"They were definitely frustrated when they realised they couldn't stop people taking photos," he said.

The McLaren F1 sports car was travelling in a convoy of 31 McLaren vehicles from Auckland to Queenstown as part of the EPIC New Zealand Road Tour.

The 1994 car has an estimated value of $20 million and is capable of travelling at up to 400 km/h.