I’m kind of surprised that people are finding WanderingJustin.com while searching for Zorbing tips for beginners. I’m not surprised because people are looking here for Zorbing info, but about tips for beginners.
Alright, people … Zorbing is not exactly a skill. It’s not like skiing. There are no double black-diamond Zorbing hills (though that would be awesome). You don’t need a finely tuned sense of balance, powerful quads and awesome spatial awareness. Really, if you can fit in the hole, you can Zorb just as well your first time as any veteran can.
But you seem to want zorbing tips, so I’m gonna give ’em to ya:
1. Book a flight to New Zealand. This is where Zorbing was born, and thus is the ultimate place to Zorb. When you book, I recommend Air New Zealand since Qantas, unfortunately, seems to be experiencing a spiral into management wankery (the cabin staff and crews are still great, though). I’m hoping V Australia decides to start flying to New Zealand from the States, too.
2. Get a taxi from the airport to your hotel. Parnell is a nice neighborhood with good nightlife, decent hotels and a nice vibe. It’s also not far from bus and rail stations.
3. After spending a night in Auckland, take a bus to Rotorua. That’ll give you a chance to savor the countryside. Another option is to rent a Wicked Camper, if that’s more your bag. This also allows you to skip Step 4 and go directly to 5 … along with flying your Freak Flag a bit!
4. When you get to Rotorua, rent a car.
5. Drive said car to The Agrodome. Sign yourself up for the Zydro, and make sure you have a friend -or mate, rather … when in Kiwiland, say as they Kiwis say, I guess- videotaping your roll down the hill.
6. Exit. Laugh. Repeat.
Congratulations. You are now an Olympic-caliber Zorbonaut.
But Wait, Here are Some Serious Zorbing Tips
First, leave your jewelry behind, especially if you opt for the wet zorb option. That’s where they put a few gallons of water into the sphere to slosh around with you. My wedding ring slipped off at some point, prompting a bit of fuss.
Second, bring your swimwear instead of your street clothes.
Third, try some of the other activities. I am pretty nuts about the Schweeb, which is a pedal-powered suspended monorail. You can race against other people.
Finally, be prepared to have more fun than you expect to.
A Few Final Thoughts
I can’t even begin to understand why Zorbing hasn’t taken over the world. Since I originally published this post, I’ve returned to New Zealand. It was too chilly for wet zorbing that day, but I will definitely do it again.
But I’m still hoping that we’ll eventually have some Zorbing closer to home here in the U.S. My home state of Arizona with all its heat is a perfect place for year-round zorbing (I might also request a microbrewery on-site).
And bring the Schweeb while we’re at it!
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