The famous Rotorua attraction Zorb has recently been shut down after one of its customers broke her legs while riding.
According to reports, Zorb Rotorua needs to halt operations until it complies with adventure activity regulations. This was issued by Government agency WorkSafe, which ensures that commercial operators comply with health and safety laws.
“Zorb New Zealand had been issued two improvement notices by WorkSafe New Zealand,” said a WorkSafe spokesperson. “These notices were issued following a June 2015 incident, which left a woman with two broken legs, and a general WorkSafe assessment of Zorb New Zealand Ltd.”
The statement adds that until registered or granted a temporary exception, it cannot “legally provide the downhill ‘ball rolling/Zorbing’ activity’.”
“We understand that the operator is working to meet the requirements of these notices, and a WorkSafe inspector is scheduled to visit Zorb New Zealand Ltd [today] to make sure they are on track.”
According to Zorb Rotorua general manager Haydn Marriner, they company is caught between two worlds. “Previously we were considered as a non-adventure activity, and now we are, so WorkSafe has asked us to cease operation until we are compliant.”
Marriner added that the company is happy to work with WorkSafe. Zorb is currently working to registering as an adventure activity operator.
“This could mean we are closed for a few days, or up to six weeks before we get an exemption,” he added.