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Five things you didn’t know about our ZORB ball…

The ZORB ball is an iconic – and rather quirky – New Zealand adventure activity. Invented by two true-blue kiwis, Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis, the activity of ball rolling is now an awesomely fun global phenomenon. Rotorua is still the only place in New Zealand where you can roll down a hill in an inflatable ball. It sounds pretty crazy, and it definitely is out of the ordinary! Here are five things you didn’t know about our very special ZORB balls.

1. How long do they last?

We use a total of ten ZORB balls at any one time here on our site in Rotorua. This includes our H2OGO balls and our specially designed DRYGO balls. After about a year the UV rays and general wear and tear causes the ZORB balls to cloud up and look yellow in appearance. Even though they are perfectly fine to use operationally we prefer them to look nice and shiny! We also keep a couple in storage for off site events (such as school galas and trade expos). The old ZORB ball’s go on to live a second life and are recycled into soft rubber matting for children’s playgrounds.

 

2. Where are they made?

The ZORB ball’s are designed and manufactured in our onsite factory here in Rotorua, New Zealand. Our Rotorua factory currently employs three full time staff. The factory produces around 30 ZORB balls and 15 Fishpipes a year. The ZORB ball and Fishpipe aren’t just used here in Rotorua. These are exported all over the world to places such as Germany, Australia, Canada and Hawaii – pretty impressive!

3. What else do you make?

As well as manufacturing ZORB balls, the team in our factory also construct Fishpipes. Invented by David Akers in 2009, the Fishpipe is the world’s first rotating barrel ride. Shaped a little like a rugby ball, the inflatable Fishpipe barrel sits on a steel frame and simulates a wet ride going down the hill. The Fishpipe rotates up to 45 rpm by a custom made electric motor and lasts for two minutes! Read more about the Fishpipe here. While we don’t have a Fishpipe on our Rotorua site; we have sent them to various waterparks and resorts around the world.

4. What are they made of?

An ZORB ball takes a total of 84 hours to make. Each step of the ZORB ball manufacture is done completely by hand. The ZORB ball is constructed using various plastics and materials. Most of which are sourced here in New Zealand. For the inner and outer skins 100,000,00mm2 of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) is used. This is enough plastic in total to cover 25 tennis table tables. The plastic is 1mm thick, however it is strong enough to support a baby elephant. A total of 1,082 extruded anchors are high frequency welded to the TPU and PVC on the inner and outer skins. Once the anchors are attached to the inner and outer layers they are tied together with rainbow coloured nylon strings that are hand cut and dyed.

5. What if I don’t want to get wet?

Another crazy invention by the team here at ZORB. The DRYGO has been specially designed to simulate a wet ride on our Straight or Sidewinder track. You don’t flip upside down or get dizzy! The DRYGO is a small ZORB ball placed inside a ZORB with water in between. ZORB is the only ball rolling operation to offer this dry ride option for guests. Epic fun, we promise.

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March 27, 2018

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Psst... did you know that you can bring your water Psst... did you know that you can bring your waterproof camera or device inside the ZORB ball with you? 👀 Just make sure you remove any attachments and you're good to go! 

We're also now open 9:00am - 6:00pm which means more time for ZORB rolling goodness! 👍

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In celebration of the Longest Day tomorrow the 22n In celebration of the Longest Day tomorrow the 22nd of December, we bring you the Non-Stop Roll! We’re offering a morning or afternoon unlimited ride pass on our Straight, Sidewinder & Big Air tracks! Check the link in bio to book in! Limited spots available! 💚 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz
Another Rotorua Locals Day done and dusted! A mass Another Rotorua Locals Day done and dusted! A massive thank you to everyone that came along, together we raised around 1,500 cans for the Rotorua Salvation Army! Y'all rock! 🥫🤘🙌💥

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Thank you Rotorua! We are now FULLY BOOKED for our Thank you Rotorua! We are now FULLY BOOKED for our annual Rotorua Locals Day taking place tomorrow in support of the Rotorua Salvation Army! If you would still like to support the fantastic work of the Salvation Army you are more than welcome to visit our site tomorrow to drop off canned goods. Don’t forget we offer a 50% discount year round to Rotorua locals with proof of address! ✌️🥫 #zorbrotorua #rotoruasalvationarmy #rotoruanz
Back again for 2021 and proudly supporting the Rot Back again for 2021 and proudly supporting the Rotorua Salvation Army is our annual Rotorua locals day where individuals can exchange cans of food for ZORB rides! Due to the move to the new Covid-19 Protection Framework we have made a few changes. 

🥫19 December 2021 10:am - 4:00pm. Individuals will need to pre-book a timeslot, you can book online via the link in our bio or call our team to book in a time slot on 0800 646 768! 

🥫Limit two rides per person 

🥫All visitors to ZORB Rotorua over 12 years and 3 months must show proof of their vaccination via their My Vaccine Pass to gain entry to our site

🥫Bring along proof of Rotorua residency 

More details in the link in bio ✌️
We’re changing things up a bit this summer and a We’re changing things up a bit this summer and are asking everyone to secure a booking time. This will help assist with operations over those busy times and also ensure that we’re adhering to the new Covid-19 framework. You can book via our website link in bio or if you’re not sure what to book don’t worry! Feel free to give us a call on 0800 646 768 and our friendly front office team can book you into a timeslot! 🤩🙌👍 

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Behind the scene sneak peek 👀 of filming with @ Behind the scene sneak peek 👀 of filming with @sevensharptvnz and Ben Hurley, who was rolling round @rotoruanz in style... ZORB styles of course 😎 

If your Mum was hogging the TV watching boring soaps last night and you missed it - check out the link in bio to watch!💥

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Kicking off our Longest Day celebrations in style Kicking off our Longest Day celebrations in style with Bubbles, Beats & Breakkie! Watch the sunrise over Lake Rotorua while enjoying a hot breakfast courtesy of our friends at Terrace Catering! While your dining take in the epic views and enjoy beats from the coolest DJ in town! Check out the link in bio for more information and to look buy tickets! 🥂🥞 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #dosomethingnewnz #terracecatering

DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS ICONIC KIWI INVENTION, WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!

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