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Come, Let's Explore New Zealand on an Electric Scooter

11 May 2023, 19:24 GMT+10

Come, Let's Explore New Zealand on an Electric Scooter

The land of the long white almost ethereal island of remarkable natural beauty, of diverse landscapes and rich culture and unique attractions.

Wherever you turn, it's stunning! It's decidedly breathtaking.

That, dear friends, is New Zealand.

New Zealand, unknown yet to many, is a perfect destination for adventurous travelers who want to explore it on two wheels, the electric scooter, there are plenty of scenic routes, thrilling trails, and fascinating towns too, to discover along the way.

This sort-of-travelogue will not be too short nor too overwhelming - just a picturesque outline of some of the best itineraries, tips, and planning advice for a memorable nature road trip on your e-scooter soaking in the vast panoramic sights of New Zealand.

You already know that New Zealand is a breathtakingly beautiful country that offers a lot of opportunities for exploring on an e-scooter, an electric-powered device that is easy to ride, fun and eco-friendly too.

So here goes, this is a list of scenic sights you can explore in New Zealand while leisurely riding your e-scooter safely.

Let's dive in.

What you need to know and must remember

An e-scooter is a mobility device that has two wheels, a platform for standing, and a handlebar for steering. It is powered by an electric motor and a battery that can be recharged. Capable of reaching allowable speeds of up to 25 km/h and can reach travel distances of up to 35 km — on a single charge. Mearth S and S Pro commuter electric scooters are lightweight, easy to maneuver and navigate, portable, and foldable too, making it convenient to carry and store after you're done riding.

A bit of throwback

Immediately upon landing on Kiwi's shores, e-scooters have gained easy popularity in New Zealand as an alternative mode of transport, and is especially suitable for getting ahead and avoiding the city's traffic jam. In addition, the electric scooter is also ideal for short trips, like commuting to work or school, running errands, for sightseeing and recreation. The unexpected discovery is that e-scooters can also be used for longer trips, such as touring scenic routes or exploring off-road trails.

Commonsense tips

Be mindful of the risks and challenges on the road. Word of advise - train well on how to ride properly your e-scooter. You must wear a helmet while riding, including the recommended gear to help ensure your safety. Follow the road rules and traffic regulations on the road and on the footpath. Focus, be alert as you must always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid possible collision with oncoming vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, even animals on the road.

Don't leave home unprepared

Plan out your itinerary well, and carefully. Always check your e-scooter's battery life, charging options, weather conditions, terrain types you will take, and accessibility to main roads and the available communication.

And now — decisions, decisions

Which island to visit first? The North Island or the South Island? While both islands offer amazing scenery and attraction, they do have different characteristics and vibes.

The North Island is more populated and urbanized, with a warmer climate and a mix of volcanic, coastal, and forest landscapes.

The South Island is more rugged and remote, with a cooler climate and a range of alpine, glacial, and fiord landscapes.

With enough time and budget, you can visit both islands and experience the best of both worlds. You can take a ferry between Wellington and Picton to cross between the islands. You can either start in Auckland on the North Island and end your road trip in Christchurch on the South Island, or vice versa.

After each island trip, you can unfold your Mearth S Pro commuter e-scooter and resume riding it, so you can have a leisurely great time exploring the different sights in the north and south islands!

Here's some of the best places to visit in New Zealand riding an e-scooter

  • Auckland it's the largest and most cosmopolitan city in New Zealand — with a vibrant culture, cuisine, and nightlife. Unfolding your Mearth S or RS commuter e-scooter, get to know the city's awesome attractions, such as the Sky Tower, the Auckland Museum, the Auckland Art Gallery, and the Viaduct Harbour. You can also ride along the waterfront, through the parks, or across the Harbour Bridge.
  • Wellington it's a beautiful city with many sights to see on an e-scooter. Enjoy the scenic views of the harbour and the city skyline as you scoot along the waterfront.Stop by the iconic Te Papa Museum, the Frank Kitts Park, or the Oriental Bay Beach for some culture, fun, or relaxation. Explore the lush greenery and colourful flowers of the botanic garden on your e-scooter, then visit the Cable Car Museum, the Space Place, or the Begonia House for some history, science, or art. Afterwards, go to The Mount Victoria Lookout. If you're feeling adventurous, you can ride your e-scooter up to the Mount Victoria Lookout for a panoramic view of the city and the harbour. You can also spot some locations from The Lord of the Rings movies there.
  • Rotorua it is a geothermal wonderland and a center of Maori culture on the North Island. You can ride your e-scooter here and be amazed as you come across the city's natural and cultural features, such as the bubbling mud pools, boiling geysers, colorful rock formations, and Maori villages. You can also ride through the Redwoods Forest, along the lakefront, or around the Government Gardens.
  • Nelson it is a sunny and artsy city on the northern tip of the South Island. Ride on your e-scooter and enjoy the city's charm, creativity, and scenery, then visit the Nelson Market, the World of Wearable Art Museum, the Suter Art Gallery, and the Centre of New Zealand. You can also ride along the Maitai River, through the Botanic Gardens, or to Tahunanui Beach.
  • Queenstown: also called as the adventure capital of New Zealand,. There's a stunning alpine resort on the South Island. You can ride your e-scooter here too, and leisurely experience the city's thrill, its beauty, as you have some fun too. You can ride along Lake Wakatipu, through Queenstown Gardens, or up to Bob's Peak. You can also try bungee jumping, jet boating, skiing, or have a bit of wine tasting.
  • Waitangi The place is a historic and cultural site on the North Island where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. You can ride your e-scooter here and get to know more about New Zealand's history and identity. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, which include an indoor museum, a Treaty House, a marae (Maori meeting house), and a waka (canoe). You can also ride along the Bay of Islands, through Paihia town, or to Haruru Falls.

Well now, you surely can't get enough visiting just one place. As what many travelers end up doing, they get to explore all the breathtakingly unique and stunning vistas New Zealand offers. Actually, once you get to one place, you won't be able to stop.

You 'must' see them all. Without a doubt, you will 'fall in love', and really be enthralled to no end at the many spectacular vistas you can see while riding on your e-scooter, baskig' in the magnificence of each place, all the way, from north to south, appreciating endlessly New Zealand's natural and vibrant wonders, including its culture and people.

Enjoy your road trip, ride on your electric scooter responsibly. Stay safe, friends.

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