a tour to the buried village of Te Wairoa
Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Events in Rotorua
and Accommodation in Rotorua
you think you're tough? You think you can handle a little bit of
super action? Well head on over to Rotorua
in New Zealand and check out the Agrodome
next to the Agrodome, the adventure
park is a place to get adrenalin spikes while jetboating, zorbing,
bungy jumping or swooping - or a lot of laughs watching your friends
trying to be brave while scaring themselves out of their wits!
a bit of warm-up action we can recommend the jetboating - where
you are raced in the Agrojet
around a winding, man-made course at over 100kmh (acceleration is
from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds) sending clouds of spray all
over the place.
who tried the jetboat, which is said to be New Zealand's fastest,
said it was a great buzz and it certainly looked a bit easier than
what was to follow - bungy and the swoop (I shudder as I remember
looking at this one).
the 40-metre+ bungy you go up a hydraulic tower and throw yourself
off while attached to elasticy ropes that hopefully won't break
(or aren't too long) (or have been tied on properly).
in a very picturesque spot so if the previously mentioned things
occur at least you'll have some good thoughts as you piledrive into
was the Swoop and I have
to say that the folk who tried it while we were there would have
to have been certifiable.
Swoop has you and a friend strapped into sleeping-bag-like arrangements
and then you are raised to terrifying heights on the tower.
you are - bazillions of metres in the air and then … you have to
hit a switch that drops you and allows you to swoop gracefully towards
the ground at an estimated 130kmh.
we say gracefully it is sort of like: Click. "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"
Swoooooosh."Oh my God" Swoooooosh. "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa".
get the picture, but if you don't check out the image on the right.
Swoop is for the brave, or stupid. Doesn't matter which.
that arena of terror is a large building that is pretty much one
giant wind generator. It is the place you can practise (or try your
hand at) parachuting and is called Freefall
is a ripper activity, but it is not easy. You get into a jump suit,
take off all your moveable objects, get a quick lesson on how to
skydive and then it's off outside on to the top of the wind tunnel.
stand on netting - and there is netting above you so you don't fly
off into space - and then they crank up the power. The howling of
the wind is phenomenal and it takes quite a bit of concentration
to begin to fly.
are a couple of guys there at all times to make sure you are okay
and to give you some tips.
my two-minute session, which seemed one heck of a lot longer, I
flew a few times, got thrown off a few times and got dumped a couple
- super fun! But not as easy as you think.
of all at the Agrodome's Adventure Park is Zorbing
- a unique New Zealand activity where you hop inside a giant rubber
ball and bowl yourself off down a hill for a tumble ride.
can be strapped in, which apparently is being phased out because
it is pretty hard going, or you can get a wet ride where they slosh
in a couple of buckets of water and you can get soaked while on
the way down.
is excellent for most ages and the crew at Zorb Rotorua are excellent.
fact all the people connected with the park were terrific and more
than willing to assist and make sure you have the time of your life.