Every year around this time Segway NZ travels the length of New Zealand, exhibiting at a range of trade shows in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Last week we showed off the new Camouflage colour option for the Segway x2 model.
During this 5,000km ‘road trip’ we also visit new and existing Segway PT owners located ‘off the beaten track.’ These are people and businesses who might not otherwise find it convenient to see us, or our Wellington (BodyElectric) and Christchurch (Urban Wheels) agents. New Zealand is a very long country, and there are individuals and businesses who own, operate and enjoy Segway PTs in just about every region you can name.
We bring accessories, parts and service equipment with us, and also take the opportunity to visit all of the Segway Tour operators around the country. Just about every Segway Tour in New Zealand is a SegwayAuthorised Tour, which means the operators are meeting a voluntary code of compliance to keep their fleet in properly serviced, safe operating condition, and that their tour routes and safety practices meet specified requirements.
This year we travelled all the way to Bluff – the southern-most tip of the South Island….probably only the second time Segway PTs have reached this far south. The first time was when one owner took his Segway PT from Bluff to Stewart Island by helicopter. At the time we observed:
….Segway NZ thinks this could well be the world record for the furthest south yet travelled by a Segway PT. Stewart Island is 47 degrees south of the equator, and is by far the smallest of New Zealand’s three main islands with a permanent population of about 400 people. Owing to an anomaly in the magnetic latitude contours, this location is well placed for observing Aurora australis.