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Bay to Beach – 9.15am
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 along to the summit of Atawai Whenua Reserve which opens out to the magnificent Cable Bay Vineyard. Here we can whiz through the olive trees and vines to see how one of the best wine producers in the world bring to life the fruit vital to their hand-crafted wines.
We can pause here for some Segway selfies and a group photo on top of the hill with the Vineyard, gorgeous coastline and ocean in the background. Now we do a bit of road riding to the other side of the hill and gently make our way around 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. We then head into Alison Park for a quick visit to check out 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 Cable Bay Vineyard.
We can either finish our Journey at Mudbrick or Cable Bay Vineyard where you can relax and sample the amazing wines and food, while soaking up some sun or continue on back down to our starting point at Matiatia Ferry Terminal ready for your next adventure.
“Learning to drive a Segway is a skill most will enjoy accomplishing, and after that it is a unique and fun way of gliding about the island.” Susan Bredow writing for the Daily Telegraph, Australia Sept 2016.
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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