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New Zealand’s only heavy equipment playground, Dig This Invercargill, has proven a major draw-card for the city in its first year of operation.
The attraction celebrated its first birthday back in October. Visitors of all ages can operate bulldozers, diggers and skid steers in a giant gravel pit.
Manager Lex Chisholm has been blown away by its popularity, with visitor statistics showing 80 percent are travelling to Dig This from outside the region to make their digger-driving dreams come true.
‘‘They are coming from far and wide and many are visiting specifically for Dig This. So far, Australians and Aucklanders are topping our stats, but we meet people from all over,’’ Lex said.
When bucket basketball, tyre-stacking relays, digger gymnastics and even crushing cars is all in a day’s work, it is easy to feel envious of Lex and his crew.
‘‘We are pretty lucky to love what we do, but for us it’s the people that make our job so special. We get to meet people from all over the world, then show them the experience of a lifetime. Our visitors leave with a newfound sense of empowerment, excitement and adrenaline, is pretty cool to see,’’ he said.
Along with the big machines, there are also mini diggers for 5-year-olds-plus, as well as sandpit diggers for the under-5s.
With a great coffee bar, gift shop and must-see themed bathrooms on site, it’s easy to make an afternoon of it. Dig This is part of Transport World’s tourism hub, which also includes museums (Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca), boutique accommodation (The Lodges at Transport World) and rental-car and touring company Route 6 Prestige Rental.
It’s open daily from 9am-5pm and bookings are recommended call 0800151252 or visit www.transportworld.co.nz