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This Journey follows the same path as the Bay to Beach tour but with the addition of nature’s amazing sunset light show. We start off with some basic training and gliding around on the grass at Matiatia Bay to get to grips with the Segways. Once everyone is feeling confident with their new skills we head into the bush to wind our way through native Knoffler flowers, Flax plants and shaded areas covered with ferns.
We zip up the hill to the summit of Atawai Whenua Reserve where we do a bit of gliding round the hillside and gently make our way to visit the romantic Mudbrick Vineyard. Renowned for their amazing food and striking views Mudbrick is a favourite with visitors and those who ‘tie the knot’ on the Island. Retracing our steps a little we then make our way through the back streets of Oneroa Village down to Blackpool beach. A few winding streets eventually lead us to the beach where we can test our ‘off road’ skills and skirt around the coastline if the tides allow. While we’re here we’ll check out the old Scow shipwreck named Rahiri (1907), stop to have a look at the Piritahi Marae (Māori people see their marae as tūrangawaewae – their place to stand and belong) and take some more photos before we head off around the stunning headlands to Surfdale.
Riding through Alison Park we visit some of the local sculpture art resident on the Island and get an overview of our travels before we finally make our way back up the hill to the magnificent Cable Bay Vineyard. Here we can whizz through the olive trees and vines where one of the best wine producers in the world brings to life the fruit vital to their hand-crafted wines. By now the sun will definitely be on it’s way to bed as it crawls over the Auckland landscape with the Waitakere Ranges in the background. Cable Bay is also the final stop of our Journey and we can pause here for some Segway selfies and a group photo on top of the hill with the Vineyard, gorgeous coastline, Auckland, the ocean and of course that amazing sunset.
Stay for a while at Cable Bay Vineyard and enjoy a wine or two or perhaps even some dinner in the Verandah Restaurant (please note: if you are thinking of staying for some dinner please let me know after you have made your booking and I will organise a reservation at Cable Bay for you). Alternatively you can choose to end your tour at Mudbrick Vineyard or back down at Matiatia Ferry Terminal where you can catch your ferry home or collect your car to continue your journey.
Please remember: there is a weight limit of 45kg min – 125kg max (99 – 275lbs).
Location: We meet right next door to the Matiatia Ferry Terminal on the grassy area (near the Kayak shed) for the start of our Journey. Check your confirmation email for directions and a link to a handy map.
Total Journey time is approximately 2 hours.
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