Rotorua Canopy Tours Blog

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

Sunday, 7 June 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

Friday, 10 July 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.

Best kiwi foods you need to try

  • Whittakers Chocolate 

  • Pineapple Lumps 

  • Marmite

  • White Bait Fritters

  • Pies

  • Classic Sunday Roast

  • Hangi 

  • French Fry Sandwich

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Top 6 Natural New Zealand Hot Springs

Friday, 10 July 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.


Top 6 natural New Zealand hot springs:

1. Otumuheke Pool

2. Butchers Pool 

3. Kaitoke Hot Springs

4. Welcome Flat Hot Pools

5. Hamner Springs 

6. Maruia Hot Springs 


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Five things to do in Rotorua in winter

Friday, 10 July 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.

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 eco family activities

Sunday, 7 June 2020

If you're looking for fun family activities that are educational and do their part caring for the environment, we've got the perfect list for you. We’re lucky enough in New Zealand to have a lot of great family activities that don’t disturb natural areas – these are low impact and improve the environment for the native creatures that call these places home. Check our list of the top eco family activities in the North Island:

  • Rotorua Canopy Tours

  • Sail Barbary

  • Rainbow Springs

  • Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

  • Waimangu


  • Rotorua Duck Tours

  • Dive Tatapouri

  • Sanctuary Mountain

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Unique proposal ideas New Zealand

Friday, 10 July 2020

If you're thinking of popping the question, you’ll no doubt want to make it special – it's one of the biggest moments of your life! You’ll want to come up with proposal ideas in New Zealand that are unique and perfect for you and your significant other. Doing an activity together as part of your proposal will help make it that much more unforgettable.

We’ve put together a bunch of the best romantic proposal ideas in New Zealand:

1. Do a treasure hunt somewhere special

2. Go on an ecotour flying through the forest

3. Take a helicopter flight

4. Go on a glamping getaway

5. Cosy up under the stars

6. Do some wine tasting among the vines

7. Go to a beautiful beach

8. Hike to a breath-taking spot

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Epic New Zealand adventures you can't miss

Friday, 10 July 2020

We’re so lucky in New Zealand to have stunning landscapes, friendly people and world class wild adventures! Here's a quick rundown of the absolute BEST New Zealand adventures help you plan some amazing activities. 


New Zealand adventures to add to your bucket list

  • Kayak to the maori rock carvings

  • Soar through ancient forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours

  • Explore The Lost World

  • Go on an Auckland Harbor Bridge adventure

  • Abseil with CanyoNZ


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Best New Zealand selfie spots

Friday, 10 July 2020

We all love a good selfie and our beautiful country offers some extremely photogenic New Zealand selfie spots. Aotearoa is full of stunning scenery perfect for filling your Instagram feed. Here’s a few incredible locations and hidden gems to take your selfie to the next level.


Best New Zealand selfie spots

  • Cliff walk at Rotorua Canopy Tours

  • Lake Tarawera Wharf

  • Cathedral Cove

  • Te Mata Peak

  • Three sisters and elephant rock

  • Castlepoint Lighthouse

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How a zipline in Rotorua became an award winning experience

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Kiwi business Rotorua Canopy Tours has seen a lot of success over the years, but it didn’t begin that way. It all started with a dream to create an outstanding visitor experience. The zipline in Rotorua had a lot of up and downs and challenges thrown in along the way. But, with the right vision, grew from bribing their first customers, to being New Zealand’s most award winning and sought after experience. Hear all about how this kiwi company went from 0 the hero in just 7 years.


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93 year old Lewis proves age is no barrier for this outdoor activity

Sunday, 7 June 2020

When you hear the words zipline tours and adventure, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t retirees. 93-year-old Lewis proves that age is no barrier when taking the leap on an adventurous outdoor activity with Rotorua Canopy Tours.


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