Zorb Rotorua

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Rotorua, New Zealand
www.zorb.co.nz - 07-357 5100
Zorb Rotorua - Zorb Rotorua, New Zealand (2005)
Zorb Rotorua - Getting out of the Zorb a little dizzy.
Zorb Rotorua - Coming down the hill.
Zorb Rotorua - Coming down the hill.

Zorb Rotorua Reviews

meghaninSEA meghanin…
4 reviews
Human hamster ball? Human washing machine? Aug 04, 2010
I loved ZORBing so much, I tell everyone about its wonders. I did the wet ZORB on a rather overcast, slightly cold day, so the warm water was really nice. As soon as I started rolling down the hill, I could not stop laughing, and my cheeks hurt for the rest of the day from all the smiling. I wish I had done more than one run, but I hadn't planned for it with either money or time. It's hard to explain why it is so fun, it just is. And if you are someone worried about becoming queasy, it's really not an issue. You aren't really spinning around, just sloshing.

My enthusiasm for it transferred to my mom (who is 68 years old) after seeing my pictures and review. She was in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and decided she could do it too! It's infectious.
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dimmer dimmer
2 reviews
Zorb Ride Jan 11, 2010
For appx $50 you can load into a large plastic

ball called a Zorb. There is a second

ball inside that you can be strapped into.

You also can ride in the ball with water and

slosh around in as you come down the

hill. I choose the strap in ball and had

a pretty good ride going down the hill.

My brother-in-law had much more fun slipping

and slidding his way down a twistier decline.

It was fun and cheap and a good way to kill

time if you have white water rafting booked

next. Empoyee's running it were fun and upbeat.
Coming down the hill.
Getting out of the Zorb a little d…
Traveling_Brian Travelin…
32 reviews
Oct 19, 2007
What in the world is Zorbing? Well... imagine yourself in the world's largest hamster ball. That's a zorb. Now imagine yourself rolling down a massive hill in that hamster ball. That's zorbing. And where better to go zorbing than its birthplace? So head to Rotorua, New Zealand. Where else would you expect such a crazy idea to be born?

I'm not sure when zorbing was started, but I do remember watching it on MTV Road Rules a long time ago. Since then, they've expanded a bit. Instead of freely rolling down a hill, you'll have a choice of two man made tracks. One is straight down. One zig zags.

You also have the option to do the run wet or dry. In the dry run, you'll be securely strapped into the zorb. In the wet run, you aren't attached to the zorb. Instead, they throw a couple buckets of water in the ball with you (cold water in the summer, hot water in the winter), zip the ball up, and push you down the hill. The dry run (because you are attached to the zorb) will have you spinning, twisting, and going every which way. The wet run is much more like a water slide. Those of you who don't want to be turned upside down will prefer the wet run.

I don't know if they still do it, but if you choose the wet run (hydro as they call it) and you can make it down the hill without falling down (meaning you run inside the ball), you'll get a free tshirt and a free ride. Very few have accomplished this feat. And trust me, once you fall down, you aren't going to be able to stand back up till they let you out.

The experience is good. Its also quite unique. But its awfully short. It will take them longer to run your credit card than it will to make it down the hill.

If you do have the urge to try zorbing, expect to pay a steep price. A single ride will run $49 (New Zealand). They do have package deals and minor discounts for groups. Perhaps the price seems so painful simply because the experience is very short. I would have given it a higher score if you got more for your money.

With that said, the staff is very nice and very excited about the sport. You'll feel right at home. They'll teach you everything you need to know. And when my ride home ditched me, they even gave me a lift back to my hostel.

There are a number of other activities in the area that can be added to your zorbing package. I didn't try these, but they might be of interest... if you have the cash.

Transportation can be arranged from most hostels and hotels.
Zorb Rotorua, New Zealand (2005)
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hayley_phoon says:
We parked our car there, and look at the people being rolled down! but we're too afraid to try. but it looks fun!
Posted on: Jan 30, 2010
djc81 says:
That looks kool, it's worth doing as nobody I know has done it before. Nice review aswell
Posted on: Aug 15, 2009
cotterb says:
Great review. This looks like a blast!
Posted on: Aug 22, 2008

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