A UNIQUELY Kiwi experience including retro caravans and barbecue breakfasts await visitors to Southland for the World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in February.
Southlanders are being asked to open their homes, caravans and maybe even tents to visitors heading south to catch the world’s elite wool industry athletes in action in Invercargill in the far south of New Zealand for the three-day event.
New Zealand is hosting the event from February 9-11 2017 at ILT Stadium Southland, with competitors from up to 30 countries attending.
Invercargill accommodation is filling up quickly as ticket sales for the event soar with hotels already booked out and other motel beds being snapped up at a fast rate.
“We start by filling these Invercargill motels that we know still have beds and then begin fanning out to the likes of Gore, Winton and other towns in the region,” event manager Jade Gillies said.
Tickets went on sale in May and there had been strong early demand, especially for three-day season passes to all the action.
Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, home-stays, farm-stays, holiday parks and camping grounds, caravans, hostels, camper vans, camping and glamping could all be part of the accommodation mix to cater for the large numbers expected, Gillies said.