burgeoning adventure thrill sport thats on a roll.
Zorbing is a unique Kiwi invention that is not only off the
wall but seems to also be off an alien planet.
Zorbing originated in New Zealand in the 1990s as a novel
invention by two Kiwis looking for a new adventure challenge. It
is now a worldwide business with franchise agents in many
countries. In excess of 200 Zorbs have been rolled out from the
Rotorua factory and the future for aspiring zorbonauts looks
The sport can be
enjoyed by people of all ages who dont mind being strapped
inside an enormous clear plastic, air-cushioned ball. You are
actually quite secure inside the inner capsule. All the violent
bouncing is absorbed by the bigger outer transparent ball. As the
ball rolls down a long grass-covered slope, you spin around in a
virtual anti-gravity form of weightlessness like an intoxicated
space traveller. As you tumble head over heels, the build up of
centrifugal force keeps you pressed hard against the plastic
wall, so its easy to go with the flow and enjoy
the revolving view outside.
Liquid-zorbing is a more recent development of this zany downhill
roller coaster ride. Two or three buckets of water are added to
the mix and you remain unattached to the inner ball like a loose
cannon tumbling out of control.
Hydro-zorbing over the surface of a lake is another variant where
you are also left to flail about as the zorb floats across the
There is no end to the fun-filled antics of these agitated air
cushions. Grab the chance to zorb - wet or dry its fun to