Zorbing, or Riding Inside a Large Ball Down a New Zealand Hillside
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On the outskirts of Rotorua is one of my favorite activities in New Zealand -- Zorbing. The Zorb is a large vinyl ball that you crawl inside and then get rolled down a 200 meter long hill. There are two methods: the Dry Zorb and the Wet Zorb. If you choose the Dry Zorb, you are harnessed inside the ball, and then rolled down the hills head over heels many many times until you reach the bottom. That one seems to have more potential for losing ones lunch inside the ball, which could make for a big mess. I have always chosen to do the Wet Zorb.
The Wet Zorb is billed as the "wash cycle" by the local operators here. There is no harness involved in the Wet Zorb.
Dad and I laughed the entire ride down.
We stayed at the Duxton Hotel at Okawa Bay on Lake Roitotiti just on the outskirts of Rotorua. Its a quaint little hotel on a beautiful lake. We had a nice patio off the back of our room with a great view over the lake. It was a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the ducks on the lake as the sun was setting. It was quite nice just to sit outside and enjoy the quiet, the view and the wonderful weather. My parents were particularly happy to be sitting outside in January in weather so nice, particularly since it was below Zero back in their hometown in Wyoming!
We had a nice dinner at the hotel dining room. I had New Zealand lamb, Dad had prime rib and Mom had chicken. They served the meal with sides of vegetables family style. It was a really nice no frills meal, but delicious. For dessert, we had a hazlenut mousse with a hard chocolate shell -- only so so.