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Best New Zealand adventure activities

Friday, 10 July 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.


Best New Zealand adventure activities:

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

Friday, 10 July 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. 

Ultimate New Zealand bucket list

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

Sunday, 7 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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Zipliners to eco-warriors | A Canopy Tours Conservation donation

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Australian nature lovers Jackie and Robert Van Dam visited Rotorua Canopy Tours in February 2018 and after going on an experience of a lifetime, generously donated to our Canopy Tours Conservation Trust. Conservation is a huge part of what we’re all about at Rotorua Canopy Tours, but we were absolutely blown away when Jackie and Robert told us they were keen to help us do more. So, what encouraged them to donate to our Canopy Tours conservation programme?


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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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