Agrodome - Zorbing

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Janeight on October 30, 2002

I didn't know what to expect when we arrived at the Agrodome, but after seeing a couple of over-sized, inflatable balls rolling down a big hill, with people inside them, I could only think of one thing--hamster balls!

Anyway, you do have a few options to decide on before you go for it--first off, you can do it either wet or dry. Dry, and you go it alone, being harnessed into the zorb, and, in my humble opinion, this is the least fun option. Just remember, you are harnessed in, so every time the zorb rotates, so do you!

Then, there's wet. You get into the zorb, along with a bucket of water (warm in the winter, cold in the summer), you're not harnessed in at all, so it's a bit of a free fall experience!

If you decide to do zorbing on the spur of the moment, and want to go for the wet one, don't worry if you don't have a change of clothes--the guys in the office have a hefty supply of shorts, t-shirts and towels.

Well, we decided to go for the wet one, and wanted to go all together. The price varies for this, depending on how many people want to go in the same zorb--three of us went together, and it cost $25 each.

So, booked in and changed ready to go, we got into a little van to drive us up the hill. Before you get into the van, if you want photos, give your camera to one of the ground crew guys--they'll be more than happy to hold on to it, and take a few snaps as you come down. My pictures came out great!

At the top of the hill, the guy told us what was going to happen - he put one bucket of water into the zorb, and then got us to dive head first, one by one, through a little hole in the zorb. This is not as easy as it sounds, and took me a couple of attempts. Then, we had two more buckets of water thrown in for good measure, and were told to stand up (not easy to do without slipping over again), put our hands on the wall of the zorb and take a step forward. This amount of pressure was all it took to tip our zorb over the edge of the hill, and the next couple of minutes are a blur of arms, legs, and bodies in general, as we rolled over and over down the hill.

At the bottom, we weren't allowed to get out until a few pictures of us had been taken to add to the collection of memories! Zorbing is well worth it--you're not doing it for long, but it is absolutely hilarious!

Agrodome - Zorb Rotorua (Zorbing)
Western Road, Ngongotaha
Rotorua, New Zealand
64 7 357 1050

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