Invercargill is fast building a reputation as a must-visit destination for motoring enthusiasts and transport buffs.
In what will be a New Zealand first, Transport World has announced it is gearing up to launch a third attraction with Dig This, further staking their claim as the transport tourism capital of New Zealand.
Scheduled to open in spring 2017 and based on the hugely popular formula established by Dig This Las Vegas, guests will be able to live out their wildest fantasies operating heavy machinery, including bulldozers, excavators, mini excavators and skid steers in a giant, adult-sized gravel pit.
“Transport World is really excited about this new attraction as we just think it is such a unique and fun concept,” says tourism operations manager, Hannah Whyte. “We can’t wait to give our guests the opportunity to play in a giant gravel pit!”
Dig This Invercargill expands upon Transport World’s vision to create a hub of world-class transport-related activities. Dig This Invercargill will complement two other major attractions – Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca.
Classic Motorcycle Mecca also has big plans for late 2017 – 2018. Less than 12 months after opening, it is set to undergo a major expansion that will include an extra level of displays. Whyte says they plan to create more interactive components and are looking at virtual reality technology, with an aim to create a space that not only displays the motorcycles beautifully but also shares a lot more detail and information about them.
The collection comprises more than 300 motorcycles and motorcycle-related artwork from around the world. Highlights include the largest Brough Superior collection in the Southern Hemisphere and John Britten’s Cardinal V1000.
Bill Richardson Transport World was Transport World’s first attraction and is the largest private collection of its type in the world. It has more than 250 classic vehicles and 150 vintage petrol bowsers.