If you think they’re just for petrolheads, think again. Invercargill’s top-rated visitor attractions are truly world-class and they’ve been designed with the whole family in mind.
Bill Richardson Transport World, the largest private automotive museum of its type in the world, is not just home to 300+ vintage vehicles – it’s a veritable treasure trove of all things nostalgic. With vintage vaults, a movie theatre, themed bathrooms (just trust us!) and its latest exhibit, Tender Memories (featuring the wedding attire of some of New Zealand’s most well-known names), here this is something for everyone.
Ride into yesterday with a visit to Classic Motorcycle Mecca – the leading vintage motorcycle collection in the Southern Hemisphere. From John Britten to Brough Superior to Burt Munro, Classic Motorcycle Mecca has it all. A temporary exhibit celebrating little-known stories from WWI and WWII will also be on display until the end of May.
Finally, get your adrenaline fix with a visit to Dig This Invercargill. New Zealand’s only heavy machinery playground is grunty fun for everyone. Take your pick from learning to operate skid steers, bulldozers or diggers in a giant gravel pit, and tick it off your bucket list today!
For the cosiest atmosphere in Invercargill, look no further than one of the city’s best restaurants – and best-kept secrets. Louie’s is renowned for its spectacular fare showcasing local produce such as venison, Stewart Island salmon and – you guessed it – the world famous Bluff Oyster. Pair the world-class cuisine with a cosy roaring fire and a stellar selection of beverages, and you’ve guaranteed yourself a great night out.
Indulge your desire for a spot of retail therapy and get your nostalgic fix at Miss Vintage Lighting. Blink and you’ll miss it – but take it from us, this is one retail experience worth a browse. The store sources and sells original, unique pieces for lovers of retro design, specialising in lighting and other knick-knacks to jazz up your home.
After an epic Bluff Oyster Festival 2021, you might need to shake off the cobwebs. What better way to recharge after a fantastic Bluff Oyster Festival experience, than with a hearty Southland brunch? With freshly-brewed coffee, delicious comfort dishes and a friendly team, our favourite hangouts – The Grille at Bill Richardson Transport World, and Meccaspresso at Classic Motorcycle Mecca – are sure to hit the spot.
He Waka Tuia is Invercargill’s temporary museum space. With a revolving display of exhibits, this central-city location is well worth a visit. The weekend of the Bluff Oyster Festival is your last chance to check out the ‘Women during the war’ exhibit: it closes on 23 May.