Unique Kiwi experience awaits World Shearing Champs visitors

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.

"Tickets have been flying out the door," he said.

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.

"There are lots of options for accommodation and we want people to think about any opportunities they might be able to provide for hosting visitors and giving them a genuine Kiwi experience."

Lorneville Lodge & Holiday Park owner Karen Bellew has put out a call for caravan owners to hire out their caravans at her park near Invercargill during the event.

Caravans and barbecues epitomised the Southland summer holiday experience and would be part of a unique trip for visitors from around New Zealand and abroad.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase to the world our agricultural abilities and just how beautiful the Southland region is," she said.

Gillies said anyone with accommodation available in the region during the event

could get in touch with him.

The event will also be promoted at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton from June 15-18.

Registrations for the trade expo, which is running alongside the championships, were still open, Gillies said.

For more information contact:

Event Manager Jade Gillies 021 079 9676



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