OGO Rotorua
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Human Hamster Ball
The easiest way to explain this experience to neophytes is to imagine a giant plastic ball filled with some water. Now imagine that you’re in this giant hamster ball as someone pushes it over a hill. That’s OGO. Also known by a competitor’s name Zorbing, this unusual New Zealand experience is absolutely not to be missed. If you’ve ever wondered what it must feel like to be in a washing machine, zorbing is as close as you’ll get. Even at the time, in the confusing world of diffused light, water and a little uncertainty, I knew I was having a blast. Just as fast as it started, it ended, and as I indelicately extricated myself from the great plastic orb I looked up at the staff person and said, “I want to do that again!” Sadly, I wasn’t allowed to play in the hamster ball all day, but I easily could have.
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