When we left for New Zealand we knew we had to do three things, live and travel in a van, visit Milford Sound, and go Zorbing in Rotorua.
Are you sitting there thinking, ‘What on earth is Zorbing?’
Well the best and easiest way to explain it is by comparing it to a gerbil ball. Because in all honestly that’s exactly what it is. It’s a gerbil ball made for humans. But it’s actually the coolest thing ever.
We decided to go Zorbing in Rotorua for two reasons:
1) That’s where zorbing was invented
2) It remains one of the best places in the world to do it!
Rotorua’s OGO is the birth company of the activity, so that’s the company we ultimately decided on. It wasn’t overly expensive in comparison to some of the other touristy attractions and activities in the country. It only cost us around $80NZD each for two rides. Now, let it be known that $80 for a more ‘extreme’ activity is actually really cheap in New Zealand. Most activities on average would cost you at least $200. This was really the only activity we paid a decent amount of money for the entire time we spent there. Not that we are cheap or anything, we just don’t believe in paying copious amounts of money on activities unless they’re something we will regret doing or can’t do completely free.
They offer two tracks to go down, a straight one and a zig zag one. Naturally we picked the zig zag one because it sounded a whole lot more fun! Once you decide which track to take they load you into an SUV and drive you up to the top of the hill. First, they pour a bit of water in the bottom of the zorb to reduce friction before letting you jump inside. Once they add that it’s your turn to jump in the ball for your adventure.
Andy made it look so easy as he dove straight into the middle of the ball and splashed in the water. It was my turn…needless to say I didn’t make it look so effortless.
In fact I got beached like a whale. With my ass sticking out and my arms reaching for anything that would help me pull myself into the ball.
I managed to wiggle my way in as fast as possible to avoid looking too stupid. TOO stupid…
Once in the ball they zip you up inside and down the hill you go! (sliding over top of the zipper hurts more than you would think).
That’s when the magic happens.
It’s so incredibly difficult to not have the time of your life. It feels like you’re rolling down the hill sloshing back and forth for ages, when in reality it’s maybe two minutes. Some of the best two minutes ever!
If you ever find yourself in Rotorua you NEED to find a zorb, climb in it and roll down a hill. We promise you won’t regret it! It also makes a great story for when you get home! People love hearing about our zorbing adventure!
Ever been zorbing and had an expereince like us?
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