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Let’s Go Globe-riding in Rotorua, the Birthplace of ZORB!

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ZORB is actually an iconic adventure activity of Rotorua in New Zealand and I honestly think it’s one of most mind-boggling adventure for me! My head still hasn’t stopped spinning since my last zigzag roll!

The best part is that this is where the whole Globe-riding started. The Original ZORB NZ has been operating for over 19 years now and offers action packed, wet and dry rides down the hill while the crowd below watches you laugh and scream your way down the hill.

New Zealand is like an adventure paradise for adrenaline junkies! They have many stuff like bungy jump, bungy swings, skydiving, and more!

New Zealand: Let's Go Globe-riding in Rotorua, the Birthplace of ZORB!

ZORB was instantly on my bucket list when I heard of it about a decade ago and I was lucky to get the chance to check it off in Guam back in 2012 (currently closed). I had tons of fun, but I got to say this location is a lot more special because it is where they first invented it back in 1995. Rolling down the hill where they first invented ZORB is just entirely different story, I’m sure you would agree with me on this.

This wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the tourism office of Rotorua! They worked with me in arranging all fun and unique adventures in Rotorua for me and my buddy, Ryan.

Anyways, they offer two options: Zydro (you will slip, slide and spin with water inside the ZORB) or Zorbit (you will be strapped into the ZORB so you go tumbling head over heels down the hill). Ryan and I went with Zydro, clearly. Keep in mind that they do roll through the winter too! They will throw in cold water in summer, but warm water in winter.

First Round: ‘Double Trouble’ down the Fast Track!

Ryan and I went down the Fast Track together, which is pretty much a straight, downhill track. It was short and quite fun for both of us! We surely had a lot of laughs in just one short ride.

New Zealand: Let's Go Globe-riding in Rotorua, the Birthplace of ZORB!

Second Round: Dizzying down the Drop!

The Drop is Rotorua’s newest and most adventurous track yet! It’s pretty extreme because you will be rolled to the edge of the hill followed by a vertical drop of approximately 25m into the unknown. You’ll be thrown and slammed inside the ZORB!

New Zealand: Let's Go Globe-riding in Rotorua, the Birthplace of ZORB!

I felt like my stomach was flipped over when I slammed my face into the globe when it hits the bottom of the 25m fall. Then you’ll roll down a curvy line to the bottom. This one is actually my favorite.

I’ll let you see it for yourself with the following photos.

New Zealand: Let's Go Globe-riding in Rotorua, the Birthplace of ZORB!

New Zealand: Let's Go Globe-riding in Rotorua, the Birthplace of ZORB!

New Zealand: Let's Go Globe-riding in Rotorua, the Birthplace of ZORB!

New Zealand: Let's Go Globe-riding in Rotorua, the Birthplace of ZORB!

Final Round: ZORBing down the Zig-Zag!

This one is just crazy fun! You’ll roll down in the globe with plenty of with twists, turns, Zigs and Zags that will have you darting back and forth. You’ll have no control sliding backwards, sideways and upsidedown like a ragged doll.

Funny thing because when I was about to dive into the globe for my final ride down, the thought of being reborn popped into my mind. I don’t know why, but I reckon it’d be a good humor to include in this! So… Here it goes!

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Look, it’s a sperm winning the race and diving into the egg!

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This baby surely looks happy growing into the womb!

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Fast forward through 9 months of zigzagged adventures in the womb!

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Ooh! The baby’s getting big!

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“The water has broken!” Says the nurse.

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“Hello, are you ready to come out into this world?”

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Ah! It’s a breech birth. “It’s…. a boy!” The nurse shouted.

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Oh, it’s just Calvin! Pfft! =P

Final Thoughts

It was beyond words to describe this experience and I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Definitely worth my time coming here to check off this activity off my long list of adventures thrilling activities to get your adrenaline pumping!

ZORB Rotorua

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Calvin Young

Calvin Young

Hey buddy! I go by Calvin and I'm a Deaf traveler. I love exploring the world to discover and share amazing stories, useful tips, stunning photographs, jaw-dropping videos and many more with you all! I aim to empower and inspire the Deaf people that they can do anything they want through my travels.

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