Invercargill is the southernmost city in New Zealand and one of the most southern in the world. On the southern scenic route Invercargill is the gateway to Southland, Fiordland, and the Catlins district and of course Stewart Island. Early pioneers settled here to establish a flax industry however it was the rich plains though that brought prosperity to the city as the settlers turned to farming. There are some impressive buildings including the city's water tower. The Southland Museum is worth a visit, which houses a state of the art tuatara house. These creatures are unique to New Zealand and date back to the age of dinosaurs.
It's a lively city with plenty of restaurants, shops, galleries and attractions. 27 kilometres south you will find Bluff and from here you can enjoy views of Stewart Island and Foveaux Strait.
Bill Richardson Transport World is the largest private collection of its type in the world. Designed to have something for everyone - not just for vehicle enthusiasts! Outside of the extensive vehicle range you can also enjoy a growing wearable arts collection, movie theatre, children's play zones and themed bathrooms - fast becoming as famous as the vehicles. The scale of the collection is sure to impress so allow plenty of time. If tasting the flavours of the south is more your thing, head to the onsite cafe The Grille to experience famous Southern delicacies like Stewart Island Salmon, Blue Cod, seasonal Bluff Oysters and Southland lamb. A truly delicious stop popular with locals and visitors alike.
Discover the largest and most diverse display of classic motorcycles in New Zealand, with more than 300 motorbikes that hail as far back as 1902. Classic Motorcycle Mecca is a two-wheeled paradise for motorcycle fans. From John Britten to Brough Superior to Burt Munro, Classic Motorcycle Mecca has it all. You won't find stuffy display cases here: just 360-degree views of some of the finest vintage and veteran motorbikes from around the world. If you are feeling like a bite to eat the thrilling Meccaspresso café is right on site to satisfy any of your food needs. With a menu ranging from lunch options and waffles to a big Bikers Breakfast there truly is something for everyone.
Dig This Invercargill is New Zealand’s only heavy machinery playground and this is one experience that you just can’t miss. Dig This Invercargill gives you the chance to have a go at getting behind the controls and operating your choice of diggers, skid steers or bulldozers. You will guide your chosen piece of grunty machinery through a series of thrilling challenges and activities: from tackling the ‘duck pond’ to dumping and dozing in the giant gravel pit, digger ‘handstands’, tyre stacking, all the way through to even crushing a car.
The E Hayes Motorworks Collection is home to a fascinating display of vintage motorcycles, automobiles, and machinery all available for viewing at the E Hayes Dee Street store in Invercargill. The centre piece of the collection has to be Burt Munro's legendary record breaking "World's Fastest Indian". Burt Munro gradually customised his Indian ‘Scout’ motorcycle in his Invercargill shed over a 45 year period. Finally at the age of 63 he journeyed to Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah for the first of his world breaking on land speed records on the ‘World’s Fastest Indian’. You are welcome to view any display in the E Hayes collection during normal shop trading hours. The friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you have.
A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip. After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand. These tours allow you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, APP guidance plus local support mean your New Zealand vacation is in safe hands. See self drive ideas here
If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour might be for you. Our sister company at New Zealanbd Coach has a range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. Tours are limited to a certain number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgeable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See small group tours here.
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