SOUTHLANDERS and visitors to the region will soon be able to hire app-guided e-bikes from The Garage Re-Use Shop at 303 Bond St, Invercargill. The e-bikes, powered by a 300W brushless motor as well as pedals, come with a smart phone which sits in a zip-up pocket attached to the handlebars and hosts a unique touring app.
The app has been created locally for Habitat for Humanity’s e-bike initiative EBikesNZ by Southern Insitute of Technology post-graduate information technology students Hunt Jeong and Alice Lee. Habitat for Humanity Invercargill General Manager Paul Searancke said the app was “like having your own tour guide.” Mr Jeong said languages available with the app so far were English, Mandarin and Korean, and the app’s capabilities will be expanded over time. The app also tracked the e-bikes’ route and whereabouts via GPS to within 2 metres, he said.
The e-bikes have a range of up to 55km. Mr. Searancke said the e-bikes were a fun way for both locals and visitors to enjoy what Invercargill had to offer. Hire costs started at $35 for two hours, he said. The e-bikes are also for sale from $1,950 through the charity’s business, EBikesNZ.
For more information or to book an e-bike experience, go to www.e-bike.kiwi.
Enjoy this beautiful sunset by riding our e-bike.
Take a stroll around the Pleasure Bay lagoon and discover an area rich in ecology and history. Walk or cycle the 4.7km loop track. A shorter walk to an elevated viewpoint will provide views over the estuary and lagoon. Access and car parking is off Stead Street Wharf and Bond Street. Caution: Parts of the walkway may be under water in periods of extreme weather.
Winding pathways along the banks of the Otepuni Stream provide a refreshing break from the city’s central business district. A few minutes walk from the city centre, Otepuni Gardens covers 9.4 hectares and encompasses four city blocks and gives a peaceful sanctuary to city workers, shoppers and visitors. The gardens were once the main city park, complete with a nursery, display houses and aviaries, but those have now gone, although the charm and beauty of the gardens remain. The gardens are popular for weddings and picnics and joggers and cyclists, along with walkers, take advantage of the sense of seclusion offered by the gardens, which have been enhanced and hidden by stopbanks to protect the city from flooding. Take time out and go for a stroll through these beautiful gardens
EBikes NZ offers a unique experience of Invercargill from the comfortable seat of our electric bikes. Suitable for all ages with easy to use step-through frames, you can set your own pace and take in the sights at your leisure with the help of our unique on-board app to guide your way.
It’s just like having your own personal tour-guide! Opening 20th January with bikes for sale and hire from just $35.