Who ever thought that it was a good idea to roll down a hill while trapped inside a giant hamster ball is a genius in my books! With all the mindless shenanigans that I constantly find myself dreaming up for amusement’s sake, I’m surprised that such a brilliant idea never occur to me. Damn! Beaten by quirky kiwis at my own game! The main objective of going to Rotorua for the weekend was to give zorbing a whirl. The drive from Auckland to Rotorua is approximately 4 hours each way and it takes approximately 2 minutes to get from the top to the bottom of the hill. Even if zorbing was the only thing we did in Rotorua – it was well worth the trip. In a nutshell, the best 2 minutes of my life!
As the idea of being strapped to a wall of the zorb made my stomach slightly queasy – I decided to do the water version called ZYDRO down the zig zag path. The middle of the zorb is filled with warm water and then all you do is run and jump through the hole to enter the zorb. For some reason I thought it would be much harder to get into the giant hamster ball and flew into the ball faster/harder than what was needed and hit the other end of the zorb from the inside like a moron. After a quick chuckle, the zorb wrangler zipped me up and pushed me down the hill. I flew around the inside of the zorb like a rag doll while laughing uncontrollable like someone who belonged in an insane asylum. What can I say – it’s just that magical instead a hamster ball made for humans. In no time at all, I was at the bottom of the hill and as I was getting set to launch myself out of the ball the zorb wrangler looked at me and said I had to go feet first. What he forgot to mention was that they were going to tilt the ball and so I launched out of the ball with such force that I fell flat on my ass on exit. In an attempt to mask my clumsiness, I made a joke about how the zorb just gave birth to me which was enough to make the kiwis crack a smile. They all seemed pretty amused and ever so supportive of my special brand of stupid. It was in this moment that I realized that the rain had stopped and the sun started shining down on me once again.