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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

#ZORBROTORUA

Tomorrow’s forecast = perfect for some night time ZORB rides 👀. Think warm water, hot tubs, sauna, hot chocolates, delicious food AND a fully stocked bar….how could you go wrong? This is one of our favourite nights of the year! 

The 6:00pm slot is nearly sold out, so we've added another time slot for 6:30pm, tickets via the link in bio!
Views on views, Darkest Night edition! We still have tickets available for our night ZORB ride event this Thursday! Check the link in bio to book tickets! ✨✌️ #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #nzmustdo
Never a dull moment around here! Lion King ZORB edition 😎🦁 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #nzmustdo
Different start to the day today with our very own @peter_w_kingi being interviewed live for Australia’s most popular breakfast show @sunriseon7 talking all things ZORB! 💥 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #purenz #sunriseon7
Views on views this morning, captured by the one and only @peter_w_kingi 😍 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #purenewzealand
Okay people we need your help! Following on from our inaugural ZORB crew bake off last year, we've decided to step things up a notch with My Kitchen Rules - ZORB Edition. 

Put your suggestions below for what our special ingredient should be and we'll put a poll on our stories! If your ingredient is picked, we'll send some ZORB vouchers your way! ✌️

P.S. Special ingredient must be easy to source in Rotorua and suitable for sweet and savoury dishes. 

#zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #mykitchenrules
ZORB Tesla sitting pretty with its new mate from Go Rentals 🚗 #zorbrotorua #gorentals #rotoruanz #nzmustdo #gorentalsnz
Easter is almost here! 🐰 We're open ALL Easter Weekend and for the duration of the school holidays 9:00am - 5:00pm for all of your ZORB ride goodness! 

#zorbrotorua #bytheinventors #rotoruanz #nzmustdo #dosomethingnewnz
Rainy day family fun, we’re open Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s 10:00am - 5:00pm! 🌧☔️🙌✌️#zorbnewzealand #rotoruanz #nzmustdo

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

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