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.