Waterfront Segway Tours ready to roll in Whitianga

Visitors to top holiday hotspot Whitianga (Coromandel, New Zealand) can now take guided Segway Tours along Buffalo Beach to enjoy the majestic views of Mercury Bay.

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Waterfront Segway Tours has launched offerings families, couples and groups up to 6 people a great new activity to enjoy when visiting this beautiful beachside town.

Tours are open to the public now. Tours set off from the luxury Waterfront Apartments (2 Buffalo Beach Road). Bookings can be made by visiting the Office or by calling 07 869 5994

Your journey proceeds gently along the wide, paved shared pathway that meanders along the beachfront. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the seashore and out to the bay that is dotted with islands and extends out to the horizon of the Pacific ocean. Excursions are about 40 minutes, and are priced to be very attractive to families.Tours depart on the hour on fine days.

Enquiries and bookings: 07 869 5994 (taking bookings now)

Location: call into the Office at Waterfront Apartments, 2 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga

Website: www.waterfrontsegwaytours.kiwi (launching soon)

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NZ Navy’s 75th managed on fleet of Segway PTs

Orange Productions has hired a fleet of 6 Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) to help with event management of the NZ Navy’s 75th birthday celebrations this week.

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The event begins today, although there will likely be late changes to the program over the next few days because ships, helicopters and personnel have been sent to the upper South Island region to provide relief for Monday’s major earthquake (magnitude 7.5).

Orange Productions specialises in event management, brand experiences and sponsorship activation. Since 2015 Orange has been hiring fleets of Segway PTs on a regular basis to use at large events, such as SeePort – where every year Ports of Auckland is open to the public for 3 days of viewing, interaction and activities.

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Shipshape and Bristol fashion: six Segway PTs delivered and ready to work at ‘The Cloud’ (Auckland) as part of NZ Navy’s 75th Anniversary celebrations this week.

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‘Facilities Integrate’ with Segway

Facilities Integrate featured Segway Personal Transporters and Segway miniPROs as star attractions at this week’s show  (3-4 November 2016 at ASB Showgrounds, Auckland).

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Segway New Zealand demonstrated a variety of Personal Transporter (PT) models configured for commercial uses, including open-top cargo bins and waterproof cases. Other options include industry-standard mounts for everything from tablets and smartphones to Go-Pros and infra-red scanners. We also showed off a Segway x2 model that had been modified for hands-free use by SteadiCam operators who film live sports broadcasts and commercial videos.

The new Segway miniPRO was highlighted as a convenient, low-cost way to move staff quickly and safely around and between workplaces. Indeed, show organiser Northport Events has purchased two Segway miniPROs to use during show set-up for exactly this reason. Another ‘use case’ example was the interest expressed by AV and IT professionals who service large campus sites but often need only to carry a single bag of items with them as they move from job to job.

This show was all about Facilities Management and Systems Integration, and included seminars and exhibitors specialising in:

  • Audio systems, video projection and display
  • Security, CCTV and access control
  • HVAC and energy management
  • Automation and control
  • Cleaning, Hygiene and sustainability

Compared with 2015, the show welcomed double the number of visitors and had a 50% increase in exhibitors.

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Get a treat (not a trick) with our miniPRO Halloween special

Atop a Ninebot by Segway miniPRO is how all the best dressed ghosts and ghouls go gathering goodies on Halloween.

For a limited time only, we’ve got an extra-special deal on the Segway miniPRO. And like candy collected on Halloween, it won’t last long. (Super)naturally, Black is the only colour we’d offer on a night like this.

We’re keeping the details a bit of a mystery, of course. To find out what’s under the mask simply contact us (phone 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com). Decide to buy and you might even get your new miniPRO delivered through your walls by poltergeist before the moon again rises.

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Our friends at Ninebot-Segway Phillippines posted this image on their Facebook page.

 

 

 

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Climb every mountain on a Segway miniPRO (ok, with some exceptions)

We like to think of the Segway miniPRO as our ‘hoverboard killer’ because you won’t believe the tasks this little machine can get up to.

Not only have we ridden it effortlessly to the top of all of Auckland’s favourite volcanic cones (Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, Mt Victoria, Mt Albert, and more), we’ve also ridden right to the summit of Mount Maunganui – via the very steep 4WD track.

Yep, we took some photos to prove our mountain climbing prowess.

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‘One Tree Hill’ may no longer be topped by its famous lone pine, but on the day this photo was taken it did have a pair of Segway miniPROs leaning against the Obelisk.

Side note for international readers: Auckland’s iconic One Tree Hill inspired the U2 song of the same name (found on 1987’s The Joshua Tree album). Bono wrote the song in remembrance of Kiwi-born close friend Greg Carroll, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. When this song was released as a single in 1988 it charted #1 in New Zealand.

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Fresh from conquering a selection of Auckland’s tallest volcanos,  we set off on a Segway miniPRO in an attempt to climb the world’s steepest street. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Dunedin’s Baldwin Street tops the list for long, steep urban roads. It is very steep.

So, on a bright summers day in 2016 and in the spirit of that most famous of mountain climbing Kiwis – Mt Everest-conquering Sir Edmund Hillary – Philip Bendall made a valiant attempt to knock the bugger off.*

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As the air thinned so far up far above the clouds, and as the power of gravity sapped at its energy supplies, the mighty the miniPRO pushed onwards and upwards to ascend….about one third of the way up Baldwin Street. Its motors finally came to a halt as the grade steepened towards 19 degrees (at least 4 degrees steeper than the miniPRO is rated for).

But you’re not going to come across a hill like this very often. Actually, not anywhere else in the whole damn world!

So even if your everyday commuting includes Liverpool Street, Auckland’s steepest, your trusty Segway miniPRO is powerful enough to take you up it. We proved this earlier this year, and took some photos while we were at it. In our excursions the Segway miniPRO also glides effortlessly up the footpaths of Wellington’s steeper streets, too.

But if you do want to get to the top of Baldwin Street without using your trusty legs, then a full-sized Segway PT can take you all the way up to the top.

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Baldwin Street at its steepest (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Kevin Hey, the proprietor of Segway On Q (Queenstown’s Segway Tour business) was the first in the world to do so in 2005 (see the video on YouTube here), and Philip Bendall followed suit a couple of years later.

* “Well, George, we knocked the bugger off” were the first words Hillary spoke to lifelong friend George Lowe on returning from Everest’s summit, together with Tanzing Norgay in 1953.

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Philip Bendall half-way up/down Baldwin Street in 2009

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Big Boys Toys: see Segway miniPRO and Segway x2 SE in the ‘Action Arena’

Big Boys Toys opens tomorrow in Auckland (28-30 October 2016) at Auckland ASB Showgrounds. This is the show where we launched the original ‘Segway Human Transporter’ in New Zealand in 2003, and we’d had a presence at Big Boys Toys every year since.big-boys-toys

Over the next three days you’ll see Ray Bishop (Master of Ceremonies) calling the shots in the outdoor ‘Action Arena’ zone riding the latest Segway x2 SE $13,995 including GST and 24 month warranty). This year, his trusty electric steed is showcased in wicked Camouflage colours. Around him some of the world’s finest extreme athletes will be smoking it up on the tarmac, and launching themselves into mid-air atop BMX bikes and powerful motorbikes.

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But that’s not all – this year Ray will be swapping between riding the tough-as-nails, cross-terrain Segway x2 SE and gliding effortlessly and silently about on the new Ninebot by Segway miniPRO ($1,995 including GST and 24 month warranty).

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Waikato Home & Garden Show sets up using Segway PTs

For the millionth year in a row, Segway New Zealand has provided Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) for the organisers of The Waikato Home & Garden Show to use during show set up, and throughout the four ‘Show Days.’

For the first time they’ve also been using the new Segway miniPRO as well, and have found it particularly flexible and useful indoors, and outside on the sealed outdoor areas.

Days of rain have left other outdoor areas wet and muddy, so we fitted the Segway PTs with IRC Snow Tyres. These tyres offer significantly improved traction on wet and muddy surfaces. While not as grippy as the large, low-pressure ATV tyres found on the Segway x2 SE  model, the IRC Snow Tyres do enable the i2 SE to track safely through slippery spots, whilst maintaining a narrow footprint.

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We’ve also been exhibiting at this great show since 7th October, and we’ll will be on site until close of show on 9th October 2016 so you can come and try the new Segway miniPRO for yourself. We also have the latest Segway i2 SE, and we’ve the x2 SE out in Camouflage colours as well as Cargo Plates, a lockable and waterproof Cargo Case and an open top Cargo Bin. There’s lots to see at this show, and we’ve got a lot to show you!

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