Lonely Planet Writer

Play with giant diggers and bulldozers at this New Zealand attraction

A New Zealand attraction has just opened that will allow you to rip, push and pull to your heart’s content using heavy machinery. Dig This Invercargill is New Zealand’s first heavy equipment playground, and while it doesn’t sound like a typical tourist attraction, it definitely seems like great fun.

A New Zealand attraction will let you play with heavy machinery. Image: Dig This Invercargill

Guests are given the opportunity to choose from nine fun options where they get to operate bulldozers, excavators, mini excavators and skid steers in a giant gravel pit. There’s no need to worry if you haven’t driven heavy machinery before, as the experienced team in charge will show you how. You don’t even need to have a driver’s licence, and there are activities for the young, young at heart and groups.

A New Zealand attraction will let you play with heavy machinery. Image: Dig This Invercargill

Once you have selected your experience, it is recommended that you book online or contact the team to secure your spot. When you take the controls of Dig This Invercargill’s massive machines, you get a quick overview of the safety procedures you will be required to follow and must pass the breathalyser test before being fitted with a neon yellow vest and hardhat.

A New Zealand attraction will let you play with heavy machinery. Image: Dig This Invercargill

The instructors will talk you through every detail you’ll need to know in order to manoeuvre the machines and give you the confidence it takes to manage the machine. Operating them might take a little getting used to, so the company has designed a series of warm-up exercises to help. You will be connected via headset to the instructors at all times, which ensures you’re under their watchful eyes. From here you will be digging, trenching and pushing yourself around the lot in no time.

A New Zealand attraction will let you play with heavy machinery. Image: Dig This Invercargill

Once you’re comfortable, the team will guide you through a series of activities to test your skills. For further information, see here.