Canopy Tours Founder, James Fitzgerald thought that ziplining would be a fun and exciting way to experience the native forest that we were so lucky to have on our doorstep, 7 years on, Canopy Tours has been named one of the best experiences New Zealand has to offer!
Written by Verity Coker
Rotorua Canopy Tours is a native forest zipline experience with a difference. Every customer who goes on a Canopy Tour helps to restore the native forest that has been damaged by humans and introduced pests, it truly is tourism with a difference! A portion of every tour purchased is donated to their conservation efforts. With these funds, the team have been able to restore a large section of the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve by trapping for invasive pests, such as rats and possums that prey on native species including birds and insects, the pests also graze on the native forest itself.
Spencer showing Trenz delegates how to set a possum trap.
For the past six years, Canopy Tours have been trapping in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. They have trapped over 250 hectares of forest and have seen amazing results. Hundreds of pests have been removed from this area and native bird numbers have risen, the North Island Robin can even be seen eating out of visitor’s hands on tour.
The Rotorua Canopy Tours guides love a good adventure and they enjoy getting out driving through the North Island soaking up the beauty of our country. On their days off they are always going on road trips around the country to their favourite spots and destinations. We asked the team to share their favourite places they road trip to - check them out below to add to your New Zealand Itineraries:
- Taranaki Falls, National Park Village
- Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
- Tatapouri Bay, Gisborne
- Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay, Coromandel Town
- Tongariro River Trail, Turangi
- Tokaanu Thermal Pools, Turangi
Over the warmer summer months, camping in Rotorua is an awesome option for accomodation. Getting out in the outdoors it puts you in the heart of nature with all the fun being right at your front door. As well as being a cheaper accommodation option it is amazing for those travelling with families! Check out our top 4 camping options in Rotorua below:
- Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park
- Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera
- Lake Okareka DOC Campsite
- Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park & Camping
With Lake Taupo being the largest lake in New Zealand you are really spoiled for choice with all the adventures and activities that go on in and around it. Taupo is an awesome place to visit year round - summer is the perfect time to get out and about at the lake and winter is ideal for the snow sports. Let us help you out and recommend some of our favourite things to do over at our neighbours at Lake Taupo this summer.
- Bulli Point
- Kayak to the Maori rock carvings
- Whakaipo Bay
- Chris Jolly Lake Cruise
- Paetiki Bakery
1. Bulli Point
Show off your Olympic diving skills by jumping off rock ledges and into the fresh blue waters of Lake Taupo at Bulli Point. There’s three ledges to jump from (the highest is 7m) and the water’s so deep there’s no chance of hitting the bottom. So, pull out your biggest back flips and show the locals what you’ve got - or they will show you what they have got!
We all have heaps of suggestions of where to stay but we also have awesome suggestions of where to eat. Some of our favourites are only well known by the locals and we love sharing the local secrets with our visitors. Make sure you check out these awesome food places for some of the best food in town.
- Rotorua Night Markets
- Ciabatta Bakery
- Patricks Pies
- Okere Falls Store
There’s nothing better than packing up bags, piling the kids in the car and hitting the highway for a good old-fashioned family road trip. While holidays are all about ditching the rules, we've put together some tips to make your trip more fun when you have little ones in the car.
New Zealand is well known for its breathtaking scenery, wonderful beaches and exciting adventure destinations. Don’t miss a single opportunity to explore on your trip - after all, you’ve come so far to be here! Here are our Canopy Tours ‘top things to do in New Zealand’ - the greatest hits of our awesome little country, so to speak.
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 tourism has it all. We have put together a list of things you just can't leave New Zealand without trying, we call it....THE ULTIMATE NEW ZEALAND BUCKET LIST.
- Bungy Jump in Queenstown
- Walk the Routeborn track on the West Coast
- Eco ziplining tour in Rotorua
- Whale Watching in Kaikoura
- Kayak in the Abel Tasman
- Winery Tour in Napier
- The Squeeze on the Waikato River
- Diving on Great Barrier Island
- Cathedral Cove in Coromandel
- Dune Surfing in Te Paki