Rotorua Canopy Tours Blog

Must do North Island bucket list experiences

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Like us, we know so many of you will be keen to get outside and explore as soon as we’re able to do so safely with covid-19. It's a great opportunity to explore your own backyard and see a lot of the places all our international visitors rave about. We are lucky enough in New Zealand to have a lot of great things to do, places to see and places to stay. So we’ve put together our list of the top 10 North Island bucket list experiences you must do.

1. Hike the Tongariro Crossing

2. Climb the Paekakariki Escarpment Track

3. Fly through untouched native forest

4. Sandboard down the Te Paki Sand Dunes

5. Go zorbing in a giant inflatable ball

6. Discover underground caves black water rafting

7. Explore geothermal landscapes

8. Get a bit of culture at Te Papa

9. Camp at Hot Water Beach

10. Unplug with a bit of glamping


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How a spud gun created New Zealand’s greatest eco zipline

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Rotorua Canopy Tours took nearly 5 years from the spark of inspiration until the first customers came on tour with us. Since then over 200,000 guests have enjoyed the magic of this native New Zealand forest. So here’s the story of how our eco zipline tours all began...


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How our eco tours New Zealand restored an entire native forest

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Since the beginning, conservation has been a big part of the Rotorua Canopy Tours journey. Our New Zealand eco tours were never just about the ziplines, it was about a mind-blowing inaccessible forest environment – a life changing encounter with the natural world that would delight and inspire New Zealanders. The forest would provide the magic setting – the ziplines and swing bridges simply a way to experience it. So keep reading to hear all about how our eco tours in New Zealand restored an entire native forest.


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How we built the best zipline in New Zealand and the world

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Creating the best zipline in New Zealand that would stand out above the rest is no easy feat, but this was the aspirational goal of Rotorua Canopy Tours founders James Fitzgerald and Andrew Blackford. 


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Rotorua Activities  | Your Ultimate must do kiwi adventure

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Australian electrician and adventure seeker Sam Robinson has visited Rotorua Canopy Tours SEVEN times since his first visit in August 2015. So why does he keep coming back to do the same Rotorua activities?


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Kiwis who love their jobs | Eco Tours Guide Santraea King

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

There are lots of amazing kiwi guides at Rotorua Canopy Eco Tours who are expert zipliners and are filled with knowledge all about our beautiful native forests.

Santraea has been an eco tours guide at Rotorua Canopy Tours for two years and is always smiling and super bubbly. She grew up in Putaruru, a small town in Waikato and studied a diploma in adventure tourism. When she first heard about Rotorua Canopy Tours she thought it sounded like a really cool business and place to work. While she didn't know much about conservation then, she loved all the conservation efforts Rotorua Canopy Tours was making and thought working as a eco tours guide was a great way to learn more!

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Things to do in isolation to keep in touch with nature

Monday, 30 March 2020

We hope you’re looking after yourself and those in your household while we’re all in lockdown. If the cabin fever is starting to set in and you're looking for things to do in isolation, we’ve got some ideas for surviving the lockdown, enjoying nature and keeping everyone entertained.

Here are our top ideas for things to do in isolation to keep you engaged with nature:

  1. Plan a trip around New Zealand

  2. Do some bird spotting 

  3. Go for a walk

  4. Go camping in your backyard

  5. Make traps or tracking tunnels

  6. Set up a treasure hunt in the backyard

  7. Grow your own vegetables

  8. Download some activities

  9. Have a picnic in the garden

  10. Do some writing


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A Rotorua Adventure for the Long Weekend

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Rotorua is the perfect spot for a long weekend getaway. There's plenty of activity options, places to stay and delicious eating spots. Two of our awesome kiwi guides, Santraea and Cam, have put together their favourite things to help you plan your Rotorua Adventure. 

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Outdoor Activities for the School Holidays

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

The school holidays are just around the corner, so two of our awesome kiwi guides, Santraea and Cam, have put together their favourite kid-friendly outdoor activities. These great outdoor activities will help you keep the education going throughout the holiday break and get the kids outside. 

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New Zealand must dos

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Cheynne and Spencer, two of our awesome guides here at Rotorua Canopy Tours, have put together a list of their top New Zealand must dos.

We’re very lucky in New Zealand to have so many incredible things to do in the great outdoors - it's one big natural playground! From epic coastlines to beautiful forests – make the most of the warmer months by getting outside and experiencing some of the New Zealand must dos.

Here are Cheynne and Spencer's top picks:


Explore our native forest and coastlines 

1. Abel Tasman Coast Track

2. Orokawa Bay to Homunga Bay

Hit the water

3. Lake Taupo

4. Bay of Islands

Go camping or stay in a hut

5. Luxmore Hut

6. Te Puia Hut (Lodge)

Do some bird watching

7. Ganet Colony at Muriwai

8. Native birds in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve


Photo: Cheynne and Spencer - two of our awesome kiwi guides.


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