Rotorua Canopy Tours Blog

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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Best things to do near Rotorua

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Two of our kiwi guides Spencer and Cheynne have put together a list of their favourite outdoor adventures in the North Island, including some hidden gems!

There are lots of things to do near Rotorua but finding a spot to explore that's a little different isn't always easy. From our stunning coastal walks to impressive waterfalls, check out their top 8 favourite things to do in the North Island - all within 2 hours of Rotorua.


1. Do an epic walk at Kohi Point Walkway

2. See the tallest waterfall in the North Island at Wairere Falls

3. Go swimming at Tarawera Falls

4. Explore our beautiful coastline at Orokawa Bay

5. Go mountain biking at Summerhill

6. Learn about the fascinating history of Karangahake Gorge

7. Explore the canyon at Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park

8. Take a dip in Butchers Pool


Photo: Our kiwi guides Spencer and Cheynne


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Best spots for ziplining in New Zealand

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

We’re lucky enough in New Zealand to be home to some of the best adventure activities in the world, including some incredible ziplines! If you’re into nature and adventure, our country is the perfect place to combine the two and who doesn’t love a good zipline? We’ve picked a few of our favourite spots for ziplining in New Zealand to help you get your flying fix.

Choose from our top ziplining New Zealand courses below:

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Top 10 Rotorua things to do

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Looking for the top Rotorua things to do? This beautiful city has it all, nature, culture, action and relaxation. To make your travel plans a little easier we’ve put together our list of the top 10 must-dos in this geothermal hot spot, so you’ll never be stuck for the best Rotorua things to do.

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Best Rotorua Activities

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Rotorua has so many different activities and attractions to suit everyone. From free activities like walks and hikes to exploring the geothermal wonders and must-do ziplining adventures through the forest - there's an activity for all.

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Native birds found on our zipline ecotour

Thursday, 21 November 2019

On our zipline ecotour you’re sure to hear many of our native birds when your soaring through the canopy. Our beautiful ancient forest is filled with all sorts of birds including Kereru, Tui, North Island Robin, Kaka, Long-tailed Cuckoo, tomtits and fantails. If you’re lucky you may even get to hand feed one of the wild native birds on tour with us! Here are a few of the birds to keep an eye out for on our ecotour.

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What to do in Rotorua in Spring and Summer

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Wondering what to do in Rotorua in spring and summer? The warmer months are an awesome time of year to get outside and explore. Some of the best ideas for what to do in Rotorua in spring and summer are spending time at the lakes, going on an adventure with Rotorua Canopy Tours or River Rats or choosing one of the many amazing walks around the city.

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Canopy Tours

Friday, 19 July 2019

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! 

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Rotorua Canopy Tours  conservation efforts for a pest free New Zealand.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

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.

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Rotorua Canopy Tours guides favourite road trips in the North Island

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

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

  1. Taranaki Falls, National Park Village
  2. Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
  3. Tatapouri Bay, Gisborne
  4. Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay, Coromandel Town
  5. Tongariro River Trail, Turangi
  6. Tokaanu Thermal Pools, Turangi
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