Is Invercargill ready to ‘Dig This’?

Dig This Invercargill manager Lex Chisholm, Transport World tourism operations manager Hannah Whyte (centre) and HW Richardson Group project manager Sue Hill at the site of Transport World's next venture on Otepuni Ave. Photo: Petrina Wright

ANOTHER unique transport-related attraction is being developed in Invercargill, courtesy of Transport World.

Inspired by Dig This Las Vegas, Transport World is developing Dig This Invercargill, a heavy equipment playground with real-sized heavy machinery for customers to operate – the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Dig This Las Vegas.
Photo: Thomas Gensinger

“We can’t wait to give our guests the opportunity to play in a giant sandpit. We hope it will appeal to anyone who may have had a curiosity about heavy machinery, and now our visitors will have the chance to use it in a controlled, safe environment,” Transport World tourism operations manager Hannah Whyte said.

“It also expands upon our wheeled attraction theme.

“Transport World obviously wants more visitors to travel to Invercargill and stay longer as that’s great for the city, and the more attractions Invercargill has to offer the greater chance we have of doing this.”

Dig This Invercargill will be located on a 1ha site adjacent to the HW Richardson Group driver training centre on Otepuni Ave.

There will be 12 heavy machines on-site for customers to operate, ranging from a 20-tonne digger, bulldozers and skid steer to small static machines for young children to use.

The attraction will also include a car-smashing area, challenges for participants to complete and a children’s sandpit.

Mrs Whyte said Dig This would be suitable for all ages and, based on the Las Vegas experience, it would attract men and women equally.

A customer enjoys operating heavy machinery at Dig This Las Vegas.
Photo: Julie Jacobson

Newly appointed manager of Dig This Invercargill Lex Chisholm is excited about his new role.

“It will be every man’s dream job,” he said.

“From 5 years old, I have just inherited a giant sandpit.”

Construction of the attraction is now under way. It is expected to be operational by spring.

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