Rotorua Canopy Tours Blog

Best New Zealand adventure activities

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

New Zealand is known for being full of adventure! You will always be able to find something that will push you to your limits. From ziplining through ancient forest to racing down giant sand dunes, New Zealand has it all. We have put together a list of the best New Zealand adventure activities you've got to try in New Zealand.

  1. Bungy Jump in Queenstown
  2. Walk the Routeburn track on the West Coast 
  3. Eco ziplining tour in Rotorua
  4. The Squeeze on the Waikato River
  5. Kayak in the Abel Tasman
  6. Diving on Great Barrier Island
  7. Canyoning in the Coromandel
  8. Dune Surfing in Te Paki

 

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Plan the ultimate New Zealand bucket list

Wednesday, 3 June 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 ultimate New Zealand bucket list for both kiwis and travellers. 

  1. Do some wine tasting on Waiheke Island
  2. Go whale watching
  3. Zipline in untouched New Zealand forest
  4. Explore geothermal landscapes
  5. Do a great walk
  6. Stargaze
  7. Visit Cape Reinga
  8. Walk across the Harbour Bridge
  9. Snorkel or dive at Poor Knights Islands
  10. Visit Milford Sound
  11. See Glow worms
  12. Go glamping
  13. Sail across Lake Taupo
  14. Jump off the Sky Tower
  15. See a kiwi
  16. Dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach
  17. Experience Maori culture
  18. Go to an All Blacks game
  19. See spectacular glaciers
  20. Go zorbing

 

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Top 8 Best New Zealand Beaches

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

There are so many different beaches to visit in New Zealand and majority of our beaches really capture the beauty of our county's coastline. The Rotorua Canopy Tours team love exploring our best New Zealand beaches to enjoy a surf, swim or a leisurely walk with their dogs - they have put together their top 8 best New Zealand beaches they think are the top things to do in New Zealand.

  1. Taputopotu Bay, Cape Reinga

  2. Puheke Beach, Kaitaia

  3.  Tawhitokino, South East Auckland

  4. Makarori Beach, Gisborne

  5. Bark Bay, Abel Tasmankk

  6. Hokitika Beach, West Coast

  7. Taylors Mistake, Christchurch

  8. Purakaunui Bay, Southland

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Ten things you should never do on a New Zealand Road Trip

Monday, 18 May 2020

There’s nothing better than packing up bags, piling the kids in the car and hitting the highway for a good old-fashioned family New Zealand road trip. While holidays are all about ditching the rules, we've put together some tips to make your New Zealand road trip more fun when you have little ones in the car.

  1. Don’t fit too much into one day

  2. Don’t forget the snack bag

  3. Don’t leave the bug spray behind

  4. Don’t forget to plan ahead

  5. Don’t drive for too long

  6. Don’t forget to have fun along the way

  7. Don’t stay indoors. Plan lots of outdoor activities

  8. Don’t forget backseat games

  9. Don’t be rigid with your itinerary

  10. Don’t plan big hikes

 

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Best kiwi foods you have to try in New Zealand

Monday, 18 May 2020

New Zealand is home to a bunch of quirky, delicious food. We're proud of these highly unique best kiwi foods and love to get visitors to try these when they're travelling around:

  1. Whittakers Chocolate 
  2. Pineapple Lumps 
  3. Marmite
  4. White Bait Fritters
  5. Pies
  6. Classic Sunday Roast
  7. Hangi 
  8. French Fry Sandwich
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Places to visit in New Zealand - South Island itinerary

Monday, 18 May 2020

Our beautiful South Island is one spectacular place, with snow capped mountains, rugged coastline, beautiful fjords and so many amazing activities and hikes. Planning your road trip in New Zealand can be a bit overwhelming with so much to fit in, so we've put together an action packed 5-day itinerary to help plan your ultimate South Island itinerary. 

  • Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef
  • Day 2: Franz Josef to Wanaka
  • Day 3: Wanaka to Queenstown
  • Day 4: Queenstown to Lake Tekapo
  • Day 5: Tekapo to Christchurch
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Top 6 Natural New Zealand Hot Springs

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

When it comes to choosing what to do on vacation, you can't beat natural New Zealand hot springs. Dotted all over the country, our New Zealand hot springs have some of the best scenery and look out to spectacular views.  They all will undoubtedly provide you with relaxation and an amazing experience.

Here are our top 6 natural New Zealand hot springs:

  • Otumuheke Pool
  • Butchers Pool 
  • Kaitoke Hot Springs
  • Welcome Flat Hot Pools
  • Hamner Springs 
  • Maruia Hot Springs 
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10 Top Kiwi Inventions

Monday, 18 May 2020

New Zealanders are well known for being innovative and creative. These ten top kiwi inventions have gained world wide reputations. Check out how they were made and the talented inventors behind the amazing ideas!

  1. OGO Ball 
  2. Jet Boat 
  3. Bungy 
  4. Electric Fence 
  5. Shweeb
  6. Spiral Hairpin 
  7. Jogging
  8. Martin Jetpacks 
  9. Springfree trampoline
  10. Referee Whistle

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Five things to do in Rotorua in winter

Monday, 18 May 2020

There’s no better place to be in the outdoors during winter than Rotorua. While many people prefer to hibernate during the cool months, we think winter is the time to feel alive, brave the elements and wrap up warm to experience nature in all it’s beauty. There are so many things to do in Rotorua in winter. The city’s beautiful forests, lakes and nature-based experiences make it the ultimate destination to get outside and its geothermal energy means that there’s always a naturally heated hot pool waiting for you after a day of exploring.

 Check out our top five awesome things to do in Rotorua in winter: 

  1. Hot soak at Polynesian Spa 

  2. Feel alive mountain biking through forest

  3. Native forest tour at Rotorua Canopy Tours

  4. Fill your tummy at Eat Streat

  5. Warm up with a walk around Blue Lake

 

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Best things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua

Monday, 18 May 2020

We all love a bit of sunshine however, a rainy day in Rotorua is not at all bad. There are plenty of things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua and some activities are actually better to do when it's wet! Check out some of the best activities we think you should do in Rotorua when it rains.

1. Relax in a natural hot spring at Kerosene Creek

2. Raft down the adrenaline pumping rapids with River Rats

3. Zipline through native forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours

4. Experience a Maori cultural evening with Mitai

5. Learn about the history of Rotorua at the Blue Baths

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