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Managing Director of Segway New Zealand Limited

NEW Segway miniPRO price: $1,595

NEW PRICE: Segway miniPRO $1,595

  • buy a pair for $3,095
  • buy three for $4,495
  • prices includes GST, delivery & 12 month NZ warranty

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Try, buy and collect from Segway NZ in Auckland and from our miniPRO Dealers nationwide, or get free delivery to your door.

Our comprehensive warranty is 12 months and is fully supported locally. Segway New Zealand provides complete factory-level service, plus all accessories and parts for every Segway and Ninebot by Segway product we sell.

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Try and buy the Ninebot by Segway miniPRO nationwide:

AUCKLAND: Segway New Zealand 0800 2 SEGWAY – Try and Buy

AUCKLAND (Devonport): Magic Broomstick Segway Tours – Buy

TAUPO: Segway at Taupo / Pure Kiwi Adventures – Try and Buy

WELLINGTON: BodyElectric – Try and Buy

CHRISTCHURCH: Urban Wheels / Christchurch Segway Tours – Try and Buy

QUEENSTOWN: Segway On Q – Buy

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‘Top of the Lake’ TV series & Segway On Q (Queenstown’s Segway Tour)

Eagle-eyed viewers of Jane Campion‘s award winning television series Top of the Lake (2013) may have spotted a Segway Personal Transporter (PT) during one scene.

One of Segway On Q‘s many Segway PTs can be seen gliding along behind Detective Robin Griffin (played by Elizabeth Moss; also known for her roles in The West Wing and Mad Men).

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Screen shot from ‘Top of the Lake’ capturing one of Segway On Q’s Personal Transporters stealing a scene from star Elizabeth Moss.

Segway On Q’s tours have become an iconic feature along the Queenstown lakefront. This pioneering business was launched by Kevin Hey in 2006, and today operates New Zealand’s largest fleet of Segway PTs.

Kevin recalls the day his business was involved with filming of Top of the Lake, telling Segway NZ News:

Jane Campion requested us specifically for that scene. We had no more than 1 hour to get a ‘tour group’ together to train and appear in the background. I told Ben the guide to get up real close to make sure we were well noticed.

Kevin also remembers Jane Campion’s very positive remarks was about observing tourists enjoying themselves while sightseeing on Segway PTs in Queenstown:

My memory may not be 100% on what Jane said to me about the Segway PTs that day, but it was something along the lines of that she loved to see the Segway PTs cruising around town, and she thought they were just great!

New Zealand-born screenwriter, producer and director Jane Campion is the first—and thus far, only—female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d’Or, which she received for directing the acclaimed film The Piano (1993), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In a previous article (Segway PT treads lightly across famous beach) we wrote about about Segway PTs on the sand at Kare Kare, where an icon scene from The Piano was filmed. Campion first came to prominence with the well-recieved An Angle at my Table (1990) based on the life of author Janet Frame.

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Big in Japan: Segway Golf

Every year, about 10% of Segway New Zealand’s sales are our Segway Golf model. But as you’ll read in our Case Study below, the Segway Golf model is even more popular in Japan.

Our latest Segway Golf configuration is built on the Segway x2 SE Turf model fitted with the Segway Golf Bag Carrier frame and cradle, plus:
  • the Segway Universal Handlebar Accessory Mount plus smart phone or tablet holder (if you like to keep track of your game using an App), or
  • the Segway Scorecard and Golf Ball Holder (if you prefer to use pencil and paper).

Buy the latest Segway Golf model for $14,495 including GST (24 month warranty).

We also offer the previous ‘Segway x2 Golf’ model, fully reconditioned and fitted with brand new Lithium battery packs for $9,995 including GST (12 month warranty).

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Segway x2 Turf with Golf options – golf bag carrier plus smartphone/tablet holder (to keep a digital track of your game) or a scorecard and ball holder (for pen and paper records).

Kiwi golfers love their Segway Golf units. Keep playing even when you’re unable walk 18 holes. Glide along amongst friends and fellow players (not orphaned in a golf cart). Take your Segway Golf with you from course to course (it loads into your vehicle up and down lightweight folding ramps under its own power, or attaches to a manual or powered carrier mounted on the tow-bar). Only the Segway range of Personal Transporters – including the Segway Golf – are designed with fully redundant sub-systems that ensure rider safety. And nowhere is this feature more important than out on the fairway.

Case Study: Our very first Segway Golf customer (2007-2017)

Read the charming story of our first Kiwi Segway Golf customer here. Bryan purchased his Segway x2 Golf model in 2007, and he’s still using it all the time in 2017. Plus, as you’ll see, he’s even made one or two special modifications of his own.

Case Study: Two Golf Courses in Japan have more than 300 Segway Golf units in play

Golf is big in Japan, and so is the Segway Golf model.

In 2012 a course (Shimodale) trialled 6 Segway Golf units. Based on their popularity the course purchased more than 100 additional units during 2013 and 2014.

In 2015 another course (Toride) also purchased more than 100 units.

Since then, both courses have boosted their fleets by more than 50 units each, bringing the total deployed between them to well over 300 units. According to Dai Akimodo (Segway Japan), the popularity of the Segway Golf machines at these courses is so high that every available unit is booked out in advance.

The Segway Golf has also contributed to the popularity of golf in general, and boosted visits and revenue at these two courses in particular. In fact, the numbers are startling. Before their first hire, every golfer completes a familiarisation course, and receives a special ‘Segway License’ to present before future hires. To date, these two courses have issued more than 100,000 licenses between them.

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Photo credits: top left and bottom right courtesy Segway Japan; top right and bottom left by Segway New Zealand. The top right photo shows the latest design of Segway Japan’s commercial golf bag cradle).

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Happy Easter from Segway New Zealand

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Segway Asia-Pacific Conference 2017

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Philip Bendall attended the annual Segway Asia-Pacific (APAC) Conference held during the last week of March, 2017.

This year the conference was near the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Republic of China). Located at the southern end of this island nation, the region is renowned for fishing and industry, and more recently for tourism. The journey down from capital city Taipei in the north took just 90 minutes….travelling at 300km/h on the High Speed Train.

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The resort hosting the event features Taiwan’s largest ‘Segway Adventure Park’ where visitors can experience Segway Personal Transporters, Ninebot miniPROs and Ninebot ONEs.

While visiting Taiwan Philip also attended the Taipei Cycle Show – the largest bike show in Asia. All manner of bicycles and accessories were on display, spread across multiple floors of two enormous event centres. This year a special zone was devoted to Low Powered Vehicles – a rapidly growing segment that includes eBikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards, e-skates, electric unicycles and self-balancing personal transporters.

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Changing the world, two wheels at a time.

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Replacing grommets on Segway x2 SE, Segway x2 and Segway XT Fenders

Engineers know that a little bit of give can save a lot of break, and a little bit of flex prevents a lot of snap.

The Segway x2SE model and earlier Segway x2 and Segway XT models are built for rough & tumble fun, and down & dirty work. They’ve all got a clever little bit of give and flex designed in, and in this article we discuss one example of a part that is designed to wear over time and be replaced when needed.

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We tend to call them ‘mud guards’ here in New Zealand, while Americans call them ‘fenders.’ These broad plastic fenders deflect mud, sticks and stones when you ride wherever it is you most like to go. Each fender is fastened to a ‘fender frame’ – the name for the strong metal “lifting handle” and also serves as the structure to attach optional cargo frames, waterproof cases, open top bins and golf bag carriers.

Each of the four fasteners passes through a rubber grommet. This grommet absorbs vibration to prevent rattling, and to provide that little bit more give that might otherwise result in a break in the event of fender strike. Often, the first way you’ll notice one or more grommets is wearing is by hearing a rattling sound as the fender vibrates against the metal fender frame – especially when riding over a hard surface at speed. If the grommet degrades completely the fastener will pull right through the hole in the fender, and the fender will feel loose and easily move apart from the fender frame.

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All three of these grommets are worn and require replacing.

To inspect the grommets simply follow the instructions in the Reference Manual to remove the wheel. Just remove the three 13mm nuts that hold the wheel on – simple!

Replacing the grommets only takes a few minutes. The only tool needed is a a 4mm Allen key, making this is an easy do-it-yourself job. If you prefer we can do this for you at your place, or you can bring your Segway PT to our Service Centre in Auckland, or visit our authorised Segway Dealers in Wellington (BodyElectric) and Christchurch (Urban Wheels).

All Segway x2SE, Segway x2, and Segway XT models use the same grommets, and we have these in stock now.

  • Set of 8 Grommets (4 per fender): $25+GST (includes postage and instructions)
  • Bag of 50 Grommets: $95+GST (includes postage and instructions)

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If the fasteners are corroded these should be replaced at the same time.

  • Set of 8 Fasteners with thread locking compound pre-applied: $25+GST (includes postage and instructions)*
  • Larger numbers of Fasteners: please enquire
  • Stainless Steel Fastener Upgrade Set: $195+GST includes postage and instructions)**

* all Segway x2 SE and x2 models use the same length fasteners, while the Segway XT uses a shorter fastener, so please specify when ordering.

** the selection of fasteners in these sets is specific to each model, so please specify when ordering (i) Segway x2 SE, (ii) Segway x2 SE with Golf kit, (iii) Segway x2, (iv) Segway x2 Golf or (v) Segway XT.

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Visiting Segway Tour operators & promoting Segway products at trade shows (February 2017)

February is always a busy month for Segway New Zealand. Enquiries from individuals and businesses interested in Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) and Segway miniPROs begin to ramp up as the Great Kiwi Summer Holiday Season begins to wind down. We exhibit at the first of many trade shows we will attend during the year ahead. This year we’ve already displayed and promoted Segway products at shows in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

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During nationwide travels we also get to visit some of our customers in out-of-the-way places along the way, and are always amazed and impressed how they utilise their Segway PTs as part of their everyday activities. It is deeply satisfying to see Segway PTs having become integrated into routine, serving as an essential and productive extension of either a business or of an individual…or both. Our customers include dairy farmers and orchardists, warehouses and factories, event managers and security guards, along with hundreds of commuters and mobility users.

Segway Tour businesses are also an important customer for Segway New Zealand. Not only do tourists enjoy an enjoyable and engaging local experience, often a tour on a Segway Personal Transporter is a person’s first experience with this incredible machine.

We visited three of New Zealand’s Segway Tour operators during our February travels.

Segway At Taupo is operated by Pure Kiwi Adventures, and have been offering their famous ‘Short Rides’ in a park overlooking Lake Taupo since 2007. This is one of the Taupo’s top tourist attractions and is loved by kids of all ages. The lake fills the cauldera of Taupo Volcano, the world’s most recent supervolcanic eruption. This was a very big bang indeed, and created the second-largest freshwater lake in Oceania.

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Interesting fact: when we visit our Segway friends at Segway Asia-Pacific Regional HQ in Singapore and they ask about life in New Zealand, one way we describe it is like this: the area of Lake Taupo is 80% of the area of Singapore, and the population of New Zealand is 80% of the population of Singapore. If every person in New Zealand gathered together and (magically) stood on the surface of Lake Taupo then that would be the same population density as Singapore.

We also visited Rotorua by Segway, a business that launched exactly one year ago. Rotorua is New Zealand’s second-busiest tourist town (after Queenstown). Visitors can take a guided Segway Tour through this very active geothermal region. The tour sets off along a recently opened shared eco-path through the city centre then out to an park filled with boiling mud pools. You’ll glide along a raised footbridge through clouds of geothermal steam rising from hot lakes below, then past a historic lakeside Maori village and the beautiful ‘Government Gardens.’ The tour returns through  a volcanic ‘wasteland’ of rocky, multi-coloured mineral deposits and scrubland known as Sulphur Point (an area that kinda smells a bit like rotten eggs, and resembles a Sci-Fi alien planet).

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Christchurch Segway Tours began taking sight-seeing groups through this beautiful city in 2006. Operated by our official Segway Dealer Urban Wheels, this tour takes riders past many historic places and through the jewel of the city, Hagley Park. In more recent years tourists have seen a very different Christchurch during their tour. A series of earthquakes levelled many buildings in the CBD in 2011, and caused extensive damage throughout the city (leaving it resembling “London after the war”according to some). Today, the Segway Tour takes in both historic sites as well as the hive of rebuilding activity in the city centre.

Christchurch Segway Tours is always highly rated. It is almost always in the top grouping of TripAdvisor’s list of things to do in the city, and sometimes holds the #1 spot.

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Christchurch Segway Tour riders give way to a tram on New Regent Street, illustrating the gentle mix of old and new in this part of town. Originally opened in 1932 and only reopened to the public post-earthquake last year, the Spanish Mission architecture style buildings and boutique shopping are a focal point for tourists visiting the CBD.

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