Rotorua Canopy Tours Blog

Native insects found on a New Zealand forest ecotour

Monday, 23 November 2020

We’re pretty lucky here in New Zealand to have so many incredible native species – including some pretty unique invertebrates you can spot on New Zealand forest ecotours. New Zealand teems with thousands of different insects and more than 90% of the insects found in New Zealand are unique to our country – there aren’t many other places in the world which have so many endemic species!

Because New Zealand has been isolated in the South Pacific Ocean for tens of millions of years, many of our species have evolved remarkably differently from their relatives overseas. 

Check out some of our favourite native insects found on a New Zealand forest ecotour below:

  • Weta

  • Cicadas

  • Peripatus

  • Pūriri moth

  • Huhu beetle

  • Giraffe weevil

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Things to do in Rotorua in Spring

Friday, 9 October 2020

Spring in Rotorua is stunning with the flowers displaying their bright, radiant petals and the trees blossoming. As it begins to get warmer and the days get longer, there's lots of options for things to do in Rotorua in spring. Rotorua has immaculate flowers and gardens that you will see all around the city, beautiful lakes and stunning forests. Below, we've put together a list of things to do in Rotorua in spring, it's got to be one of the best times to visit Rotorua.


The best things to do in Rotorua in Spring

  1. Go mountain biking or visit the Rotorua Bike Festival

  2. Picnic at Centennial Park (Tree Trust)

  3. Wander around the Government Gardens

  4. Explore native forest

  5. Get out on the water


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The best geothermal experiences in Rotorua

Friday, 11 September 2020

Don’t miss experiencing the incredible geothermal experiences in Rotorua, some of the most unique things to do in Rotorua. The city’s unique location means that it’s perched on the Pacific Rim of Fire, making the city and the region a wonderland of geothermal activity. From bubbling mud pools and clouds of steam, to shooting geysers and natural hot springs, the thermal parks in Rotorua give you the opportunity to see these other-worldly geothermal Rotorua attractions. Below, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the best geothermal experiences in Rotorua. Go get exploring!

Top geothermal experiences in Rotorua

  1. Hells Gate

  2. Te Puia

  3. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland 

  4. Waimangu Volcanic Valley


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Things to do in Rotorua at Night

Friday, 14 August 2020

Rotorua is full of different adventures and activities to do during the day, but the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Here are a few ideas to help you out with some things to do in Rotorua at night.  


Top things to do in Rotorua at night

  1. Eat Streat

  2. Polynesian Spa 

  3. Redwoods Treewalk

  4. Pig & Whistle

  5. Mini Golf

  6. Rotorua Night Market

  7. Lake Rotorua Night Cruise

  8. Skyline Rotorua


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Looking for the best team building activities?

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

The top team building activities in Rotorua – a day of adventure!

Team building activities can sometimes be a drag and not all that enjoyable, but we have put together the best team building activities in Rotorua that will have your team talking about how great your day was for years to come!

Getting your team into small groups when they are out of the office (and sometimes out of their comfort zone) creates a great bonding experience for your team. They get to know each other outside of the office, support and encourage each other and it removes the barriers that hierarchy can have in the workplace. Sharing moments of fun and creating memories your team can talk about at smoko will keep morale high and build relationships in the office long after your day of team building activities is over.   

So, wrangle the team together, grab your sense of adventure and enjoy a fun filled day of team building activities in Rotorua with these awesome activities...

  • Rotorua Canopy Tours – forest zipline experience.

  • ZORB Rotorua – ball rolling fun!

  • River Rats – white water rafting.

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Places to visit in New Zealand - South Island itinerary

Friday, 10 July 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. 

New Zealand South Island itinerary for a road trip

  • 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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Cheynne joins the 1000 club

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Our amazing guide Cheynne has reached an impressive milestone at Rotorua Canopy Tours - she has joined the exclusive 1000 club. The 1000 club is made up of super experienced guides who funnily enough have done over 1000 tours – and she’s the second female to join the club! Who would have thought someone scared of heights would guide so many people ziplining through a native New Zealand forest?

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Top Things to do in New Zealand

Friday, 10 July 2020

New Zealand is well known for its breathtaking scenery, wonderful beaches and exciting adventure destinations. There are a lot of things to do in New Zealand and it can be hard to know where to start. As well as some suggestions for top things to do in New Zealand we’ve also got a few tips so you don’t miss a single opportunity to explore our beautiful country!


Must do New Zealand activities

  • Bungy jumping

  • Canyoning

  • Kayaking

  • Rotorua Canopy Tours

  • Zelandia

  • Tongariro River Rafting

  • Road trip around New Zealand

  • Take a dip in the Hot Springs

  • Swim at a New Zealand Beach

  • Try a unique Kiwi Invention

  • Try some uniquely kiwi food


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Best things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua

Friday, 10 July 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!

Best things to do in Rotorua on a rainy day.

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. Explore the lakes with Rotorua Duck Tours

5. Take some photos at the 3D Trick Art Gallery

6. Go for a walk in the Redwood Forest

7. Enjoy a meal at Eat Streat

8. Have some fun indoors at Motion Entertainment


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10 Top Kiwi Inventions

Sunday, 7 June 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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