Fun for the whole Whānau in Invercargill

The secret is slowly but surely getting out: Invercargill has plenty of must-dos up its sleeve. Tourism hub Transport World boasts not one,  but three, of the city’s favourite visitor attractions – but if you think they’re just for petrolheads, think again. It’s fun for the whole family, guaranteed.

Bill Richardson Transport World

One man’s passion started it all. The largest private automotive museum of its type in the world, Bill Richardson Transport World is home to  more than 300 vehicles: an almost-complete collection of Ford Letter vehicles (the only one missing is the ever-elusive Model B), sleek 1930s V8s, classic convertibles, vintage trucks, and pastel-perfect Kombis. But the collection has fast-become the city’s leading visitor attraction  thanks to its family-friendly appeal. With wearable arts, children’s zones including a delightful LEGO room, movie theatre, vintage vaults,  and quirky bathrooms, Bill Richardson Transport World promises to captivate everybody. Visitors can always expect to discover something  different, with temporary exhibits regularly on display to keep things fresh. Next up on the roster? Hot rods from the 1950s and 1960s in the  American Graffiti display. If you’re heading south between 15 April and 31 August, be sure to check it out. For more visit transportworld.nz

Classic Motorcycle Mecca

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 steel windows that give arguably the  best view of Invercargill’s $165-million inner-city redevelopment). Classic Motorcycle Mecca is a must-see. For more visit motorcyclemecca.nz

Dig This Invercargill

It’s New Zealand’s only heavy machinery playground: and it’s 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. But Dig This Invercargill is  so much more than simply driving tonnes of sheer power around the giant gravel pit. You’ll have a ball tackling a series of challenges you  never knew were possible. 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 whānau happy as Larry. For more visit digthisinvercargill.nz