Invercargill’s got a thing with wheels. Ride into yesterday, and visit the city’s homage to its obsession with motorcycles. Classic Motorcycle Mecca is the Southern Hemisphere’s leading motorcycle museum. With more than 300 classic motorcycles hailing from as far back as 1902, the collection also boasts the title of being New Zealand’s most diverse of its kind. Housed in two sympathetically-restored historic buildings in the heart of inner-city Invercargill, this is a truly immersive experience. The staggering collection of classic motorcycles – with displays of classic British, American, European and Japanese bikes alongside tributes to motocross and speedway – are not tucked away in glass boxes or behind dusty museum ropes. Instead, the classic motorcycles are placed front and centre in full view of visitors, who are able to admire these veritable pieces of art from every angle.
Among the highlights within the collection is an incredible display of Brough Superior motorcycles – Classic Motorcycle Mecca is home to not one, but eight of the ‘Rolls Royce of motorcycles’ – as well as three of four publicly-displayed motorbikes built by Kiwi engineer John Britten, a tribute to local legend Burt Munro, staggering displays of famed names like Henderson, Harley Davidson, BMW, Indian, and Vincent, and a ‘hero’ area that boasts Kiwi speedway legend Ivan Mauger’s 1977 Speedway World Championship-winning bike.
The most recent addition to the Classic Motorcycle Mecca – housed in a 1600m2, custom-built exhibit space – is the George Begg Bunker. The exhibit pays tribute to the legendary engineer and a golden age in Kiwi motorsport history. The display features the largest single display of race vehicles built by Begg, memorabilia from his competitive motorcycling days, a wealth of stories told by Begg’s family and contemporaries and more.
Packed full of quirky details, quality exhibits, and interactive displays, Classic Motorcycle Mecca is a truly mind-blowing experience for enthusiasts and newbies alike.
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Meccaspresso offers a delicious all-day breakfast and lunch menu. A friendly team will welcome you as you dine amongst a quirky and unique decor packed full of motorcycles and motorcycle related artwork. The café is operated by MASH Catering and is praised by locals and visitors alike for it’s two signature dishes, waffles paired with Southern fried chicken and an impressive chicken taco salad. It also offers great coffee and cabinet food including some of Southland’s best cheese rolls and scones. A trip to the motorcycle themed toilets is a must too!
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Boasting supreme comfort, a stay at luxury Invercargill accommodation option The Lodges at Transport World is like coming home – but better. If you are looking for luxury accommodation in Invercargill, the seven boutique apartments – plus the newest option for guests, a cosy cottage perfect for families – at The Lodges provide a stylish sanctuary full of thoughtful touches.
Guests will delight in top-of-the-line details including luxurious Molton Brown toiletries, café-quality coffee machines, and Hungarian down bedcovers (guests can’t stop raving about the beds – they’ve been called the most comfortable in the country!). Conveniently located directly opposite Invercargill’s leading visitor attraction, Bill Richardson Transport World, and popular café The Grille, the gracious and obliging team from The Lodges looks forward to welcoming you.
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