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Kiwi Inventions

When thinking of New Zealand, you can’t go past the fact that us Kiwis are a pretty creative and innovative bunch. Our ability to solve problems is also known as the No. 8 wire mentality. The No. 8 wire mentality is something that we as a nation are very proud of. The term represents the ability of Kiwi’s to innovate and create solutions to problems using whatever is available and our ‘can do anything’ attitude.

Other Kiwi Inventions

There have been so many great Kiwi inventions that are now used worldwide. We have put together a list of Ten Cool Kiwi Inventions. These inventions are just as quirky and awesome as our own great invention ZORB! Reading more about how these awesome inventions came to be make us extremely proud to be New Zealanders!

Most of these inventions have been created to solve a problem in a quirky way. Such as the Eggbeater and the disposable syringe, however there are a couple that make life just that little bit more fun – who doesn’t love Jet boat rides and Bungy Jumping!

The Process behind inventing ZORB

The process behind inventing ZORB is a perfect example of Kiwi ingenuity at its finest! From humble beginnings the concept of ball rolling was born. Add in a couple of Kiwi blokes with a crazy idea and the ZORB product is born.

The activity of ZORB is now classed as a worldwide phenomenon. As a result the term ‘Zorbing’ entered the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in 2001 where it was defined as: “a sport in which a participant is secured inside an inner capsule in a large, transparent ball which is then rolled along the ground or down hills.” A pretty cool accolade for something invented right here in Rotorua!

Other inventions by Andrew and Dave

Andrew and Dave aren’t just the inventors of downhill ball rolling, the talented Akers brothers have also come up with a range of other quirky inventions and activities!

Before inventing downhill ball rolling, Andrew and Dave had a stint at board game developing. They created a new version of the popular game ‘Sorry’ which was picked up by Hasbro. Pretty impressive for two kiwi blokes.

Another great invention by the Akers brothers is the TOWGO. The first and only one of its kind in the world! The TOWGO was created to easily transfer the ZORB balls to the top of the hill.

New Zealanders are some of the most creative people in the world, especially with our No. 8 wire mentality and wanting to solve problems! At ZORB we think Kiwi Inventions are something that should be celebrated! Our own awesome activity was invented right here in Rotorua!

September 13, 2019


Passing the phone ZORB edition 🤪🥸💚 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #nzmustdo #purenz #thingstodorotorua
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Don’t let the forecast this weekend give you the rainy day blues. We are definitely open in the rain! Plot twist, some say it’s better when it’s wetter ☔️😉💚 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #nzmustdo #purenz #rain #weather
Summer fun, ZORB styles 😎☀️ #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #purenz #nzmustdo
Sunshine and smiles on the agenda today ☀️💚 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #nzmustdo #purenz #summer #fun #smiles
Introducing ZORB Sunset Sessions! Here for a good time not a long time we’ve extended our opening hours for the last two Fridays January! Along with ZORB ride goodness we also have our mates @tino_kai_catering serving up their delicious real fruit ice cream and live music all night long! Link in bio to book tickets 💚🍦🎶 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #purenz #nzmustdo #sunset
And that’s a wrap on our Annual Rotorua Locals Day! Despite the weather we were all smiles after a busy and fulfilling day raising around 1000 cans for the Rotorua Salvation Army Christmas appeal! Thanks so much to everyone who donated and came along! 🥫🔥🙌💚 #zorbrotorua #salvationarmy #nzmustdo #rotoruanz
Back again on Sunday the 11th of December 2022 and proudly supporting the Rotorua Salvation Army is our annual Rotorua locals day where individuals can exchange cans of food for ZORB rides! 

🥫Individuals need to pre-book a time slot, you can book online via the link in our bio
🥫Limit two rides per person 
🥫Bring along proof of Rotorua residency 
🥫Health and safety restrictions apply
🥫Not available in conjunction with any other offfer or deal

For more information check out the link in our bio!
The people have spoken and last night we came out on top! We were awarded the prestigious NZME Peoples Choice Award at the @tompkins_wake Rotorua Business Awards! A big thank you everyone that voted for us, ya’ll are the bees knees! 🏆🥇🙌💚
When the B team misses the photoshoot… 🤪🏉🏆 #zorbrotorua #rotoruanz #developmentsquad #supersubs #benchwarmers #nzmustdo #ifyouseeknz #womensrugbyworldcup