Santa Parade managed by a fleet of 6 Segway PTs

The 2012 Farmers Santa Parade took Auckland by storm with year, with perfect weather and a large turn-out for the country’s largest event of its type.

Event organiser Pam Glazer from Crackerjack Promotions hired six Segway PTs from Segway New Zealand this year, up from five last year and four in previous years. Segway PTs are an essential tool for her team on ‘show day.’ She talks about organising this massive event to TV3 News here.

Segway PTs manage The Hobbit premier in Wellington, Santa Parade in Auckland

One of the first things the organiser of the world premier of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film in Wellington next Wednesday was to book a Segway Personal Transporter (PT) for event management.

With many dozens of trips up and down the red carpet required during the day of set-up, only a Segway PT could deliver the personal productivity benefits required to make an event like this run smoothly. They were hired from our Wellington dealer Bodyelectric.

It is fitting that the Segway PT plays a role at the premier, having been part of the production of this film (and many others, including Lord of the Rings and King Kong).

And this weekend in Auckland the annual Queen Street Santa Parade will benefit from a record six Segway PTs deployed by the event organisers. Five years ago the company that organises this event – Crackerjack Promotions  – hired four Segway PTs…which grew to five and now six in subsequent years.

The Segway PT – a valuable, proven tool to increase personal productivity of your staff.

Travel writer loves Auckland’s Magic Broomstick Segway Tours

Tourism Auckland has launched a major campaign to encourage Kiwis’ to visit our largest city. Travel writer Belinda Feek from the Timaru Herald was particular impressed by Magic Broomstick Segway Tours, when she took in the historic sights of beautiful Devonport including the tunnels of North Head and the Disappearing Gun on the top of Mount Victoria.

Auckland from Devonport – the cityscape and a Segway Tour to the top of a volcano.

Last year, the NZ Herald ran a fantastic 2/3 page article about Magic Broomstick Segway Tours. Steve “Woz” Wozniak famously took in the 360 degree views from the top of Mount Victoria during his iWoz Tour visit here earlier this year. You can read about Philip Bendall’s experience of having Fish & Chips with Woz too.

Steve “Woz” Wozniak and fellow explorers on the top of Mount Victoria, Auckland with Magic Broomstick Segway Tours

Last day of Big Boys Toys 2012

Today is Day 3 of Big Boys Toys 2012, and your last chance to see the incredible exhibits and outdoor action before the show closes tonight.

MC Ray Bishop has been riding a Segway x2 in the Action Arena and around the show, courtesy of Segway New Zealand.

This year you can see two jet fighters – a Russian MiG 21 and Polish Iskra – as well as the jet fighter simulator. Spy high end sports cars like the Ferrari Testarossa and Dodge Viper.

Check out Segway action from last year’s Big Boys Toys here.

Smoking V8s vs Segway PTs at Big Boys Toys 2011



Segway Games at Kordia ITEX expo 2012

Four hundred of New Zealand’s top IT people attended Kordia ITEX 2012 yesterday. Part of this year’s annual Information Technology Expo has been the nomination of ten IT Superheros from within businesses and organisations around the country.

Kordia is best known to consumers as the owner of popular ISP Orcon (founded by Segway PT owner and Segway Polo player Seeby Woodhouse). With a team of over 1,000 people, Kordia builds, manages and maintains telecommunications, broadcast and infrastructure in New Zealand, Australia, South-East Asia and the Pacific. Kordia’s shareholder is the NZ government, and the organisation has been around for over 60 years.

Kordia’s advertising agency Chemistry Group suggested Segway Games as a great way to engage and entertain delegates. Chemistry created a stunning space for the activity to operate in, backed with banners of all 10 nominees for IT Superhero. As the day proceeded  we updated a Top Gear-style Leaderboard to find the fastest players, who went on to win a range of prizes.

ITEX 2012 banner; the Segway Game Zone with banners of the 10 nominees for “NZ IT Superhero Awards 2012”; Segway game Leaderboard

Segway Horses compete at Soul’s Melbourne Cup extravaganza

For the fourth year running, Auckland’s outstanding waterfront restaurant Soul featured Segway Horse Races – part of the entertainment for diners during yesterday’s Melbourne Cup extravaganza.

The competition was intense, the track was dry and the beautifully dressed crowd went wild as hopefuls mounted their electric steeds to take away best male and best female Segway jockey for 2012.

Men and women compete for “Best Segway Jockey” on their electric Segway Steeds under the watchful eye of an enormous Mumm-red stallion.

The activity was a timed slalom race around a cones course – a variation on our famous Segway Challenge corporate event. Segway games are an engaging and exciting way to entertain a group, and are always a popular choice for work Christmas functions (contact Segway New Zealand to enquire and make a booking).

Black Beauty lines up in front of the slalom course; Ginger waits near the Horseshoe Throwing green; the horses tied up outside the saloon after the event – watching as their riders quench their thirsts.

Segway Patroller at ‘The Base’ clocks up 16,000km in 3 years

Waikato Security Services deployed a Segway i2 Patroller at ‘The Base’ shopping centre in Hamilton a little over three years ago, and this unit has now clocked up almost 16,000 km (9,800 miles).

That’s about 100km per week, or 15km per day at this large, busy mall that features outdoor “strip-mall” and indoor mall spaces, as well as outdoor and underground car parking.

During a recent service check by Segway New Zealand, this heavily used machine was found to be in excellent condition. Staff advised that the batteries were “…still going strong…” which is pretty amazing when you think how 16,000km is about the distance from Hamilton (New Zealand) to London (England) by plane, or on an imaginary road that directly connects the two cities.

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