Heading south for the winter? Our southernmost city has plenty to keep the whole whānau entertained thanks to southern tourism hub Transport World. Boasting not one, but three, of the city’s favourite visitor attractions, Transport World celebrates everything wheels in a way that will delight the whole crew.
Where were you in ’62?
Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private automotive museum of its type in the world. Home to more than 300 gleaming vintage vehicles, from Ford Model Ts to every kind of truck imaginable and a boggling display of pastel-perfect Volkswagen Kombis, it’s petrolhead heaven. This winter, the whole family will be awed by its biggest exhibit yet. Hot rod display American Graffiti includes dozens of the bold and brash machines, on temporary loan thanks to enthusiasts from around the country. Drawing inspiration from the classic George Lucas film, the team has put together scenes like a retro American diner with its signature panache and attention to detail. If cars aren’t your thing, never fear.
Exhibits to captivate all interests include wearable arts and a wealth of local history, family zones like the LEGO room and dress-up area featuring a replica paddy wagon, a movie theatre, and the quirky individually-themed bathrooms will delight all. For more visit transportworld.nz
Ride into yesterday
From John Britten to Brough Superior to Burt Munro, Classic Motorcycle Mecca has it all. Just down the road from Bill Richardson Transport World, the bike enthusiast will find the leading classic motorcycle collection in the Southern Hemisphere. And trust us: it lives up to the hype. With a crème de la crème selection of vintage vehicles from around the world – some dating all the way back to 1902 – the collection’s wealth of history truly transcends wheels. The stories behind the bikes will captivate even the uninitiated, as will the restoration of two period buildings the museum calls home (think tongue-and-groove, exposed brick, and soaring windows that give arguably the best view of Invercargill’s $165-million inner-city redevelopment). For more visit motorcyclemecca.nz
The stuff bucket lists are made of
It’s New Zealand’s only heavy machinery playground: and Dig This Invercargill is grunty fun for everyone. Whether you’re five or 105, the thrill of learning to operate a bulldozer, skid steer, or digger is a bucket-list experience you won’t want to miss. It’s easy-peasy (you don’t even need a driver’s licence) and both the on-site safety briefing and banter from the friendly team of instructors will put you at ease. Digger gymnastics, 360-degree whirls, and dumping and dozing galore promises to be the most memorable moment of your southern holiday. It’s the ultimate family day out: experiences are available for those aged five and above, while the sandpit – complete with mini ride-on versions of the machinery roaring nearby – will keep the littlest members of your crew happy as Larry. Not even chilly winter temperatures put a dampener on the fun: the cabs are heated! For more visit digthisinvercargill.nz