Published: August 18th 2012August 18th 2012
For our adventure with Zorb my friend Lenka and me got into bus #1 in the Pukuatua Street in Rotorua. The bus stopped exactly in front of the site, so that we couldn’t miss it. The entrance building was one big sales room with computers, a cashier desk and lockers. After we arrived we were friendly welcomed from the staff and were asked to use the computers on the right to create a profile. You had to enter your name and to answer some questions about health injuries. Furthermore you were made aware of some risks due to zorbing being a physical sports activity. The computer also took a picture from you, which you could retake until you liked the photo. After you entered every necessary fact, your very own “Zorbonaut License Authority” got printed. In the room were also lockers, where you could lock your clothes, because everything you took up the hill would get wet. The two of us got also weighed to assure that the weight restriction would not be exceeded.
The changing cubicles
were outside and provided benches to sit down. Furthermore they had a heated changing room, if you feel very cold after the wet
zorbing. You have 3 possible tracks you can do. Besides the Straight and the Zigzag Track, you can also race down the hill on the Drop Track. All tracks are supposed to do as a Zydro ride (wet zorbing) and alone, but you can do the Straight Track with up to 3 people or as a Zorbit ride (dry zorbing) on your own.
We did all 3 tracks as a wet Zydro ride. Therefore we had to wear our swimming clothes and the rest of our things we could just leave behind the reception. After just a few minutes we got picked up by a jeep, which brought us up the hill. The jeep was heated, so that we felt warm although we were just wearing our swimming clothes. Arriving at the beginning of the track on the hill, we had to wait some minutes, so that the driver could get everything ready. As a starter we began with the straight track together. The driver got the Zorb ball into the right position and poured warm water into it. After that we had to jump into the ball with the head first through a hole. However you should make
sure, that you take enough run-up, otherwise you get stuck like me. The driver told us to facing the hillside and sitting with the back to the track. When we were ready, he closed the entrance hole with a zip and pushed the ball onto the track.
We decided to do the Straight Track
first together. The track was really great fun, the water was splashing around and through the unevenness of the track we got shaken around. Furthermore the ball got pretty fast, which just increased the fun. Moreover we couldn’t stop laughing and giggling during racing down the hill, because it was so an awesome adventure. Arriving at the end of the track, some helpers rolled the ball into the right position so that we could get easily out of it. We got out of the ball with our feet first. During rolling down the hill, they took couple of pictures. Moreover they also took photos from us sitting in the ball and standing in front of it.
After that we drove up the hill again for our second ride: The Zig Zag Track
. Here we had to go on our own. This one literally took my breath away. The shaking around of the straight track was nothing in comparison to the Zig Zag Track. I completely lost my orientation. I was twisted and spinned around and at the end the ball also bounced against a small hill and flung me from one side to the other, but it was heaps of fun. And so was the third and last ride: The Drop Track
. Therefore we got up the hill the third and last time. At the beginning of the track, the ball went pretty slow, but after not a long time the pace of the ball increased, which was spinning you around. The Drop part was incredible fun. I even touched the top of the ball while it was falling down. After some seconds of floating in the ball, the pace decreased again, so that the helpers at the end of the track could catch it more easily.
After that, we changed our clothes in the warm changing cubicle and at the end we also got all of the taken photos on a CD. The staff was also friendly and helpful all the time if we had any questions. Furthermore we only had to walk some metres to the bus station. http://www.zorb.com/zorb/rotorua/