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All About Zorbing

Zorbing is a new trend that has proven itself popular with many young thrill seekers. It can also be known as globe-riding, sphereing or orbing, but the essence of zorbing is that you are placed inside a giant inflatable ball, and are typically then rolled down a hill. The inflatable ball is designed to protect you from any harm, although as with any fringe extreme sports, accidents can happen, and if they ever should, then those involved, will have to be sure to head to this website for their medical needs.

But, for those who are both willing, and ready to risk the danger, zorbing might just be the thrill they are looking for, from an experience that you aren’t likely to find doing any other sports. The most important part of the whole zorbing experience is the disorientation that the ‘rider’ feels as they tumble along. This effect will, of course, be more significant, depending on whether the rider is pushed down a steeper, or shallower, hill. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to get pushed down a hill; perhaps some of the more timid riders would feel more at home, just being pushed along at a much slower pace.

Although it may be difficult to find places for you to try out zorbing yourself, the folks at ZorbSouth will be able to help you out.

The history of zorbing can perhaps be attributed to hamster balls, which have been popular since at least the 1970s, and maybe it was only going to be a matter of time before someone looked at one, and thought to themselves, that the same thing could be designed for humans too. Although human zorbing isn’t done with hard plastic, due to both price and practical constraints, that doesn’t mean that it’s any less enjoyable. You can find these days, that a lot of traditional sports have also been adapted for zorbing too, with some zorbing venues managing to adapt such games as football and bring that into the zorbing world.

Other places around the world have taken on a new approach to zorbing; instead of seeing zorbing as a type of extreme sport, they have developed a form of zorbing that allows the riders some exploration. Zorbing on the ocean is definitely one of the newer trends in the world of zorbing, designed as a more relaxed experience than being rolled down a hill. Zorbing on the water gives the rider much more control over their own speed, in an environment that is typically quite difficult to traverse for humans. Although being on the ocean does present other dangers, so it’s important to find a location that puts the emphasis on rider safety.

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New Zealand: The Home Of Zorbing

Most people will be familiar with the term zorbing as it has become a large part of the extreme adventure industry in recent years. However, not many will know where it originated. Zorbing first came to be during the 90s in New Zealand by a company named ZORB, which is where the name also originated. New Zealand subsequently holds some of the best zorbing locations in the world in all its different variations. The following two locations are easily the most popular in the country, and for good reason.


The original zorbing site, invented by two New Zealand native, is in Ngongotaha, Rotorua. Visitors can enjoy both wet and dry zorbing activities on five different epic tracks at the ZORB adventure site. These consist of the Fast Lane, Zig Zag, the Drop, wet rides and dry rides. The Fast Lane allows riders to race each other, with up to three people allowed per globe. The Zig Zag track is one full of twists, turns and corners for exhilarating fun on your own or with a friend. On the Drop, the zorb literally drops onto a track and is only offered as a single rider experience. Wet rides consist of a partially filled globe with either warm water in colder weather or cool water in the summer, allowing the zorb to slip and slide on the tracks. Lastly, the dry rides consist of a double globe on a hilly landscape.


Also located in Rotorua, OGO offers equally thrilling adventures in the zorbing department. This site has four track types, namely the Straight track, the Sidewinder, the Big Air and the Mega track. The Straight track is a 250m long slope that allows up to three riders at a time per globe. The Sidewinder has a straight slope that leads up to six giant twists and corners. This track also allows up to three people per globe and reaches a whopping 350m, making it the longest track at OGO. The Big Air track is newly developed, with its opening date the 1st of October 2018. The Big Air is made up of drops, corners and turns on a 300m stretch, allowing up to two people per globe. Lastly, the Mega track, which is also 300m long and allows two people per globe, is an aqua zorbing experience. It consists of a high drop and aquatic fun at the same time.

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