Make like a futuristic robot-movie-person and try the Gold Coast’s newest tour on two wheels.

Justin Bieber rates them. So too does George W Bush. There are even police departments across the world that have embraced them. And now you too can experience the Gold Coast breeze through your hair while enjoying the futuristic fun of a NineBot.

Also known as a ‘Segway’ or ‘personal transportation robot’, these battery powered fun machines are now available for hire in the first and only guided Ninebot tours on the Gold Coast – courtesy of Kenn Holmes.

IMG_3648Just to rewind a little, Kenn has years of experience riding Ninebots in his previous role at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. He’d take visiting celebrities (such a John Travolta!) on Ninebot tours around the park so, when it came time for a career change, it was a change that was always going to centre around a Ninebot – or six!

As a participant on Kenn’s Ninebot tour, you will not only experience the beachside beauty of Coolangatta, Kirra Point, Snapper Rocks, Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay you’ll also take in a chunk of local history. While we thought we knew the area pretty well, Ken identified interesting memorials and other points of interest along the way, providing an unexpected but well received local history lesson.

But before you can take in the local sights, you need to master the ‘robot’. Kenn puts newbie users at complete ease with his affable nature and thorough rider briefing before we set off. It honestly only took us five minutes of training on the grass to feel comfortable enough to tackle the public pathways – and concrete! While these machines are full of amazing futuristic technology (sensors in the base of the Ninebot are tracking your body 200 times per second) they are amazingly easy to master. It’s all about balance. To control the forward motion and braking, you simply tilt your body just slightly forward or just slightly back. Want to go faster? Tilt a little further forward. And steering is a simply matter of leaning slightly left or right with your handlebars. Easy.

Some have described ‘Ninebotting’ as electric surfing and that’s a pretty accurate description. It’s also relaxing and honestly joyful. So, if you want to take in a totally different perspective of the eighth World Surfing Reserve, Kenn’s Ninebot tours run from Tuesdays to Saturdays with options of 30-minute or hour-long tours. Trust me though – you’ll won’t want to get off after just 30 minutes. It’s too much fun. Make sure you take the hour option!

Visit www.ninebot.com.au

Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.