Rotorua Canopy Tours Blog

Plan the ultimate New Zealand bucket list

Monday, 30 March 2020

New Zealand is a country like no other, home to so many amazing activities and breath-taking scenery. From incredible landscapes to unique culture, we've put together a list of our top must dos to add to your New Zealand bucket list for both kiwis and travellers. 

  1. Experience New Zealand culture

  2. Do an adventure activity

  3. See incredible animals

  4. Get out in the great outdoors

  5. Explore unique New Zealand landscapes


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Things to do in isolation to keep in touch with nature

Monday, 30 March 2020

We hope you’re looking after yourself and those in your household while we’re all in lockdown. If the cabin fever is starting to set in and you're looking for things to do in isolation, we’ve got some ideas for surviving the lockdown, enjoying nature and keeping everyone entertained.

Here are our top ideas for things to do in isolation to keep you engaged with nature:

  1. Plan a trip around New Zealand

  2. Do some bird spotting 

  3. Go for a walk

  4. Go camping in your backyard

  5. Make traps or tracking tunnels

  6. Set up a treasure hunt in the backyard

  7. Grow your own vegetables

  8. Download some activities

  9. Have a picnic in the garden

  10. Do some writing


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A Rotorua Adventure for the Long Weekend

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Rotorua is the perfect spot for a long weekend getaway. There's plenty of activity options, places to stay and delicious eating spots. Two of our awesome kiwi guides, Santraea and Cam, have put together their favourite things to help you plan your Rotorua Adventure. 

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Outdoor Activities for the School Holidays

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

The school holidays are just around the corner, so two of our awesome kiwi guides, Santraea and Cam, have put together their favourite kid-friendly outdoor activities. These great outdoor activities will help you keep the education going throughout the holiday break and get the kids outside. 

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New Zealand must dos

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Cheynne and Spencer, two of our awesome guides here at Rotorua Canopy Tours, have put together a list of their top New Zealand must dos.

We’re very lucky in New Zealand to have so many incredible things to do in the great outdoors - it's one big natural playground! From epic coastlines to beautiful forests – make the most of the warmer months by getting outside and experiencing some of the New Zealand must dos.

Here are Cheynne and Spencer's top picks:


Explore our native forest and coastlines 

1. Abel Tasman Coast Track

2. Orokawa Bay to Homunga Bay

Hit the water

3. Lake Taupo

4. Bay of Islands

Go camping or stay in a hut

5. Luxmore Hut

6. Te Puia Hut (Lodge)

Do some bird watching

7. Ganet Colony at Muriwai

8. Native birds in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve


Photo: Cheynne and Spencer - two of our awesome kiwi guides.


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Best things to do near Rotorua

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Two of our kiwi guides Spencer and Cheynne have put together a list of their favourite outdoor adventures in the North Island, including some hidden gems!

There are lots of things to do near Rotorua but finding a spot to explore that's a little different isn't always easy. From our stunning coastal walks to impressive waterfalls, check out their top 8 favourite things to do in the North Island - all within 2 hours of Rotorua.


1. Do an epic walk at Kohi Point Walkway

2. See the tallest waterfall in the North Island at Wairere Falls

3. Go swimming at Tarawera Falls

4. Explore our beautiful coastline at Orokawa Bay

5. Go mountain biking at Summerhill

6. Learn about the fascinating history of Karangahake Gorge

7. Explore the canyon at Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park

8. Take a dip in Butchers Pool


Photo: Our kiwi guides Spencer and Cheynne


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Best spots for ziplining in New Zealand

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

We’re lucky enough in New Zealand to be home to some of the best adventure activities in the world, including some incredible ziplines! If you’re into nature and adventure, our country is the perfect place to combine the two and who doesn’t love a good zipline? We’ve picked a few of our favourite spots for ziplining in New Zealand to help you get your flying fix.

Choose from our top ziplining New Zealand courses below:

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Top 10 Rotorua things to do

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Looking for the top Rotorua things to do? This beautiful city has it all, nature, culture, action and relaxation. To make your travel plans a little easier we’ve put together our list of the top 10 must-dos in this geothermal hot spot, so you’ll never be stuck for the best Rotorua things to do.

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Best Rotorua Activities

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Rotorua has so many different activities and attractions to suit everyone. From free activities like walks and hikes to exploring the geothermal wonders and must-do ziplining adventures through the forest - there's an activity for all.

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Native birds found on our zipline ecotour

Thursday, 21 November 2019

On our zipline ecotour you’re sure to hear many of our native birds when your soaring through the canopy. Our beautiful ancient forest is filled with all sorts of birds including Kereru, Tui, North Island Robin, Kaka, Long-tailed Cuckoo, tomtits and fantails. If you’re lucky you may even get to hand feed one of the wild native birds on tour with us! Here are a few of the birds to keep an eye out for on our ecotour.

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