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Managing Director of Segway New Zealand Limited

Aziz from TV3’s AM Show launches Big Boys Toys on a Segway miniPLUS

The new Segway miniPLUS featured centre-stage during TV coverage of the launch of Big Boys Toys last weekend.

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Social media and technology commentator Aziz Al-Sa’afin rode the miniPLUS throughout two live broadcast crosses during TV3’s AM Show (view a compilation of the two clips here).

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Not only did Aziz race around on the miniPLUS to point out cars like a $10 million Ferrari, but at one point he was chased by another miniPLUS being driven by remote control.

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Tens of thousands of people saw the new Segway miniPLUS and miniLITE, together with the miniPRO and full-size Segway Personal Transporters at Segway New Zealand’s stand. Meanwhile, out in the Action Arena the show’s Master of Ceremonies rode a Segway Patroller in from of the crowds throughout the three day event.

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Back inside, we were busy giving thousands of demo rides to attendees.

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Be first in New Zealand to own the new Segway miniLITE – our one and only pre-Christmas shipment arrives in next week. The Segway miniPLUS and the Segway KickScooter dock into the port of Auckland the following week.

Stocks of all three new products are limited, so be quick and pre-order today.

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Segway returns to Big Boys Toys this week

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Segway New Zealand returns to Big Boys Toys with FOUR brand new products ready to ride on our biggest site ever!

Not only will be showcasing our hot new Segway miniPLUS, Segway miniLITE and KickScooter, we’ll have the Segway miniPRO and our full line of Segway Personal Transporters.

See it all indoors at our Site #2017. All of our products are for sale, so you can buy or pre-order on the day.

Meanwhile, outdoors MC Ray Bishop will be riding the Segway x2 SE Camouflage Edition all day, every day at the Milwaukee Action Arena. See him chase – or get chased by! – the new Segway miniPLUS showing off its awesome “follow-me” mode as it captures the action on live video.

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The Motorhome RV and the Segway PT

Bryan and Marge Carter love living on the road. For them, retirement has been about travelling around New Zealand in their motorhome (or RV, as they’re known in the United States).

Bryan loves to walk several kilometres a day, but Marge is unable to keep up for health reasons. A couple of years ago they purchased a brand new Segway i2 SE to enable Marge to continue to explore and experience the great outdoors together with her husband. They say the Segway PT has been an absolutely wonderful purchase.

Because New Zealand is long, thin country, we have a lot of beaches. A lot! And beachside campgrounds are popular spots with motorhome owners. Marge decided she’d like to have wider tyres on her Segway i2 SE for riding on softer sand. The standard i2 SE wheels are the best choice for most people with this model because the special tread pattern and non-marking tyres offer excellent traction combined with extended range. And changing to the Segway x2 SE model was not an option either – it was too heavy and large, and their lifestyle choice comes with limited cargo space.

Marge picked BodyElectric MAX Town & Country Wheels as the perfect match to her needs. These aluminium wheels and cross-terrain tyres offer a great “middle-ground” option for i2 SE owners who’d kinda like having an x2 SE some days. The tyre is about twice as wide as the standard i2 SE tyre and has about four times the surface area contact with the ground to spread the load. MAX Wheels are compatible with standard i2 SE fenders and are narrow enough to pass through residential doorways with ease.

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Left: Bryan trying out a Segway i2 SE with MAX Wheels on sand. Right: Bryan and Marge’s motorhome and ancillary van.

Bryan tows a small ancillary van behind they motorhome, and this also serves as his mobile “bloke’s shed” complete with every tool he might need while out on the road. The Segway i2 SE fits snuggly in a dedicated space the rear of the van.

To load, Bryan simply rolls the Segway PT up or down a pair of lightweight, folding Segway Ramps in seconds. The Segway PT easily loads under its own power, safely climbing or descending the ramps without requiring any lifting or excessive strength. The folded ramps stow neatly in the space under the Segway PT.

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Left: easy loading with lightweight, folding Segway Ramps. Right: Now painted bright pink and snuggly stowed (note how the ramps slide in underneath)

While the Segway PT has a built-in electronic alarm and immobiliser, and a cable lock can be slipped through the lower LeanSteer stem to secure it to any lamp post/bike rack/tree, Marge was still a little concerned about theft. She decided that painting her Segway PT in her favourite colour – BRIGHT PINK – should be enough to deter any young lad who might want to make off with her prized and essential mobility companion.

And yes of course she has a matching pink helmet!

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Hallowe’en brings 72 hours of Segway specials

Hallowe’en or ‘All Hallows Evening’ is a celebration held on the night before the three day observance of Allhallowtide.

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We have a three day treat of our own for you (no tricks here). Take advantage of a three day special on our brand new products. You have until the clock strikes midnight on Friday 3 November 2017 to receive a free Segway Safe Rider pack valued at $195 when you:

  • Pre-order a Segway miniLITE for $995*
  • Pre-order a Segway miniPLUS for $1,995 or a Segway miniPLUS with Camera for $2,395**
  • Pre-order a Segway KickScooter for $1,195, or get our best deal by pre-ordering a Segway KickScooter with Extra Battery Pack for $1,595 (you save $100)**

* our first shipment for this model is currently in transit to New Zealand, and you can expect delivery to your door during the third week of November 2017.

** our order for these models has been built and is being packed and dispatched to New Zealand this week, so you can expect delivery to your door during the last week of November 2017.

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Buyers of full-size Segway Personal Transporter (PT) models have a treat in store, too.

Between now and the tolling of that lonesome midnight bell on Friday 3 November 2017 you’ll receive a free Front Bag valued at $245. See our website for pricing of the full range of Segway PTs, with models for commuting, recreation & golf, farming & orchards/vineyards, security patrols & workplace productivity.

Oh, and do remember to pack everything you might need into that free front bag before you set off on an evening ride down that pathway that disappears deep into the trees….

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Take advantage of our great Hallowe’en offer and pre-order or buy Segway products by calling us on 0800 2 SEGWAY or email segwaynz@icloud.com

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Segway miniLITE ($995) almost here – order today

The first shipment of the brand new Segway miniLITE ($995) is about to land in New Zealand. Pre-order now to be the first in the Southern Hemisphere to own a Segway miniLITE – specially designed for kids aged 6 to 16+

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Built to legendary Segway standards for durability and safety, the miniLITE is super-easy to ride and control (unlike those silly hoverboard things that were blowing up a couple of years ago). That is because the miniLITE uses a knee-bar for steering that works the same way as the LeanSteer handlebar found on full-size Segway Personal Transporters. And because LeanSteer/KneeBar is Segway’s patented steering system, you won’t find any other product with this unique feature for sale in New Zealand.

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A Segway miniLITE might be the best Christmas present for your family this season. Buy a pair for $1,995 and receive a free bonus of two Segway Safe Rider packs (find out what’s in our packs here).

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Our Segway miniPLUS escapes and roams around Auckland

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Yesterday, one of our brand new Segway miniPLUS escaped our clutches and went roaming around Auckland. We finally caught up with it again outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and snapped this photo before sneaking up from behind and recapturing it.

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The new Segway miniPLUS is packed with features – check out these specs:

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Add the optional 3-axis 1080p transmitting camera and you’ve created your own personal video drone. Using the hand-held remote control you can drive the Segway miniPLUS wherever you like. Or engage ‘follow me’ mode and it will automatically follow  you – either in front or behind – at a distance you can set. Or use the App to trace out a path on the screen of your phone – the miniPRO will become your automated camera dolly. Hollywood – here you come!

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We wanted to find out how capable the new Segway miniPLUS is. With wider and larger diameter wheels, and more powerful motors, we were keen to take it out and about around the sights of Auckland. From our expeditions last year, we already knew the original Segway miniPRO could climb every mountain.* In fact, on the miniPRO we’d already conquered Mount Eden, Mount Victoria, Mount Albert, One Tree Hill….. We’d even ascended the lower reaches of the world’s steepest street in Dunedin. Not even mighty Mount Maunganui could keep the miniPRO from reaching its sunny summit.

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The wider, rounder tyres of the Segway miniPLUS sport and identical, very special tread pattern as the full-sized Segway i2 SE. Self-balancing machines benefit from a special bi-directional tread pattern, so they have equal traction whether rotating forwards or backwards. When travelling across longer grass or when the ground is wet and soft underneath the miniPLUS has noticeably improved comfort, the enhanced level of traction is apparent. The Segway miniPLUS has more ground clearance as well because the battery pack is located in the central tower, rather than attached underneath as with all other Segway self-balancing products.

So……..we decided to take the Segway miniPLUS to Liverpool Street – officially Auckland’s steepest.

We had tested the Segway miniPRO on this same street 18 months earlier and we were keen to tackle it with the new miniPLUS. What we found was the more powerful miniPLUS had no problem at all carrying an 80kg rider up the street at faster-than-walking pace – even up the steepest 13 degree section that stalled the miniPRO with the same rider last year. So, for owners looking for a small personal transporter with a bit more oomph and many more features the new Segway miniPLUS is the machine for you.

We can’t wait to try the miniPLUS on Baldwin Street when we visit Dunedin in March 2018.  We know from previous excursions that the Segway i2 SE can climb to the top of Baldwin Street and safely descend again, while the miniPRO made it about one-third of the way up (where the grade begins to incline more steeply). We’re taking bets now on how far up the miniPLUS will climb…..

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2016: Segway miniPRO about to tackle the world’s steepest street….in early 2018 the miniPLUS will take on the same challenge.

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A preview of our temporary website

Segway New Zealand’s website (www.segway.co.nz) has been down for more than a week because of technical issues at our US-based hosting company. Malicious code was detected in our site, and now we’re having a bit of trouble acquiring our website’s backup files….

We have a temporary website going up within a couple of days that has all the essential information you need.

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We’ve actually got a brand new website almost completed, and we’re busy populating it with the brand new Segway products. It will replace the temporary page just as soon as it is finished and polished.

 

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