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!
Rotorua Canopy Tours is an Eco adventure through 1000 year old native forest. The popular adventure activity has only been running for six years and we have come a long way since the doors opened back in 2012. From the initial idea being sparked back in 2008 to our huge conservation success in the forest and also winning national prestigious awards, Rotorua Canopy Tours has a lot to share so find out more about us below.
Photo: The Rotorua Canopy Tours team that has helped make Rotorua Canopy Tours what it is today
From the beginning
Rotorua Canopy Tours didn't just pop up one day and become an overnight success. There was years of planning and researching zip line courses before the build starting taking place in 2012 and then after six months of hard work the doors were opened to the public. James Fitzgerald and Andrew Blackford are the brains behind Rotorua Canopy Tours - find out here how Rotorua Canopy Tours began.
By Tash Johnson (Canopy Tours Guide)
Treetop canopy tours took nearly 5 years from the spark of inspiration until the first customers came on one of our treetop canopy tours with us. Since then over 128,000 guests have enjoyed the magic of this native New Zealand forest.
So if you’re interested – here’s the story of how our zipline tours all began...
Treetop canopy walk and zipline tour - Want to find out how Rotorua Canopy Tours built the best treetop canopy walk and zipline tour in the world? Find out here everything about the build and what it took to be one of the best ziplining locations around the world.
Treetop canopy walk - from the beginning to the Ultimate Canopy Tour
Back in 2012 two university friends got together and decided to start a treetop canopy walk and zipline company. After months of research and planning they opened the first Rotorua Canopy Tours course - The Original Canopy Tour. The 3 hour Original Canopy Tour was a huge success with people visiting from all over the world - the company expanded into a new headquarters to house the influx of visitors and the increased number of staff. The Original Canopy Tour went on to winning national tourism awards, so in 2017 we decided it was time to build the best zipline course in the world - The Ultimate Canopy Tour. The Ultimate Canopy Tour has all the same fun things - ziplines, swing bridges and the most popular part of the tour - the conservation trail. But it has some very special features that make it what we think is the best zipline course in the world. It features a cliff face walk, a controlled descent, spiral staircase and a 400-meter zipline which is our longest ever zipline. The Ultimate Canopy Tour is just bigger, longer and even more spectacular!
Conservation at Rotorua Canopy Tours has been a part of our journey since the beginning back in 2012. We are hugely passionate about our environment and we are working hard to get New Zealand pest free by 2050. We have started this work at Dansey Road Scenic Reserve where our ziplining courses are located. We have seen major differences in the forest already due to our work, but we know there is still so much to do - if you haven't heard how Rotorua Canopy Tours began and how this conservation idea was sparked have a read here!
Jackie and Robert van Dam are two guests who recently joined a Canopy Tour and did something truly amazing. They donated $2000.00 to our Canopy Conservation Trust, to put towards our pest eradication programme and to help us continue to maintain our slice of paradise! Have a look below at what encouraged them to donate.
Joining the tour:
Jackie and Rob were somewhat unsure of what their plans in Rotorua would be while on holiday. They stumbled across a Canopy Tours brochure and decided to do a little investigating. They "try to maintain an environmentally sustainable lifestyle so were attracted to a forest tour that enabled [them] to trek through the forest leaving minimal impact". There were however mixed feelings about spending three hours up so high, Jackie is scared of heights, while Rob was racing to go. Rob had already been canoeing and white-water rafting, so they compromised on the adrenaline and Canopy Conservation drawcards and decided it was something they could enjoy together.
Making NZ pest free is a country-wide goal by 2050. Initiated by the New Zealand Government, it's a massive task that can only be achieved through the support of all Kiwis. As part of our conservation programme, we like to look a little further than our forest and explore how everyone can help contribute to 'Pest Free 2050'.
Canopy adventure zipline tours has a massive year in 2016. The zipline buisness based in Rotorua took out the tourism industry's top prize, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award at a glitzy black tie event in Auckland. As well as the Supreme Award Rotorua Canopy Tours also won the Environmental Tourism Award and the Visitor Experience Award.
Taking your family on holiday is special but spending time doing fun, family activities is when the happy memories are created. Experiencing a zipline tour with Rotorua Canopy Tours is a perfect activity suitable for your whole family. It can be enjoyed by kids as young as 6 and our oldest customer we have had on tour was 93. Here's why we think Rotorua Canopy Tours is an awesome family activity: