The Twilight 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 trees and flax plants, cruising through the shaded areas covered with the famous silver ferns of New Zealand.
We zip up the hill, past some of the tasty grape vines, to the summit of Atawai Whenua Reserve where we do a bit of gliding round the hillside and gently 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 ‘Rahiri’ (c.1907), cruise past the Piritahi Marae (Māori people see their marae as tūrangawaewae – their place to stand and belong) and head off around the stunning coastal headlands.
We now start to make our way back up the hill to the romantic Mudbrick Vineyard and the magnificent Cable Bay Vineyard where some of the best wine producers in the world bring to life the fruit vital to their hand-crafted wines. Stop off at Cable Bay and wander through the olive trees and vines, pause for some Segway selfies and a group photo with the vineyard, gorgeous coastline, Auckland cityscape, the ocean and of course that amazing sunset. Chasing the setting sun, we visit the romantic Mudbrick Vineyard renowned for their amazing food and striking views. Mudbrick is a firm favourite with visitors who ‘tie the knot’ on the Island.
By now the sun will be on its way to bed as it crawls over the Auckland landscape with the striking Waitakere Ranges in the background. Mudbrick or Cable Bay can be your final stop of the Journey for those who wish to indulge in the delicacies from the kitchens of either Vineyard. Stay for a while and enjoy amazing food and perhaps a wine or two (please note: if you are thinking of staying for some dinner please email me to let me know, after you have made your booking, and I will organise a reservation at either Cable Bay or Mudbrick for you).
Alternatively, you can choose to continue back down to Matiatia Ferry Terminal where you can catch your ferry home or collect your car to continue your own 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.