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FIRST IT WAS THE OPEN­ING OF THE BILL Richard­son Trans­port World mu­seum, hous­ing the late Bill Richard­son’s world-class truck col­lec­tion.

en, his fam­ily tapped into In­ver­cargill’s mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing her­itage – boosted by the legacy of leg­endary racer Burt Munro – by buy­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle col­lec­tion from Nel­son and es­tab­lish­ing another mu­seum, the Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Mecca, in the heart of the South­land city.

Now, the wider Richard­son fam­ily is cre­at­ing a new In­ver­cargill tourist at­trac­tion for those who love ma­chines – one that’ll rank the south­ern city along­side Las Ve­gas!

Trans­port World is aim­ing to launch Dig is, In­ver­cargill in Spring – al­low­ing pay­ing cus­tomers the op­por­tu­nity to “live out their wildest fan­tasies and op­er­ate heavy ma­chin­ery, in­clud­ing bull­doz­ers, ex­ca­va­tors, mini ex­ca­va­tors and skid-steers in a gi­ant, adult-sized sand­pit.”

e at­trac­tion, based on Dig is, Las Ve­gas, will be lo­cated on a cen­tral site on Otepuni Av­enue and ex­pands on Trans­port World’s vi­sion “to cre­ate a hub of world-class trans­port re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Trans­port World is pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing In­ver­cargill’s tourism and in­ner city devel­op­ment and can’t wait to bring a third at­trac­tion to the city,” it says.

Trans­port World di­rec­tor (and for­mer Richard­son Group CEO) Scott O’Don­nell adds: “We’re try­ing to cre­ate new and unique rea­sons for peo­ple to not only visit In­ver­cargill but also stay longer. Whether it be new at­trac­tions or events, we re­ally want to see In­ver­cargill’s tourism and the in­ner city our­ish.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to launch­ing Dig is, In­ver­cargill as it’s another pos­i­tive step to­wards th­ese goals.”

Trans­port tourism op­er­a­tions man­ager Han­nah Whyte says that Trans­port World be­lieves that the new at­trac­tion “is such a unique and fun con­cept. We can’t wait to give our guests the op­por­tu­nity to play in a gi­ant sand­pit!”

Dig is, In­ver­cargill will al­low vis­i­tors to op­er­ate heavy ma­chin­ery – and even take on the chal­lenge of a se­ries of games – within a con­trolled and safe en­vi­ron­ment.

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