Rotorua Canopy Tours Blog

Top 10 North Island family activities

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Have your Fiji or Bali family holidays plans been cancelled this year? We may not be able to travel overseas at the moment, but we are lucky enough in to have some amazing holiday destinations right here in our own backyard.

Check out our top picks for North Island family activities and create some unforgettable memories with your loved ones right here in New Zealand - we even have some special discount deals just for you!

  • Rotorua Canopy Tours

  • Tongariro River Rafting

  • Zelandia

  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

  • Barefoot Sailing Paihia

  • Blue Duck Station Horse trekking

  • Awastone Riverside Haven

  • Hobbiton

  • Blazing Paddles Whanganui river canoeing

  • National Aquarium of New Zealand

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Must do North Island bucket list experiences

Tuesday, 5 May 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.

  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing

  • Climb the Paekakariki Escarpment Track

  • Fly through untouched native forest

  • Sandboard down the Te Paki Sand Dunes

  • Go zorbing in a giant inflatable ball

  • Discover underground caves black water rafting

  • Explore geothermal landscapes

  • Get a bit of culture at Te Papa

  • Camp at Hot Water Beach

  • Unplug with a bit of glamping


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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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Top Things to do in New Zealand

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

New Zealand is well known for its breathtaking scenery, wonderful beaches and exciting adventure destinations. Don’t miss a single opportunity to explore on your trip - after all, you’ve come so far to be here! Here are our Canopy Tours ‘top things to do in New Zealand’ - the greatest hits of our awesome little country, so to speak.

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Zipline & Adventure in New Zealand

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

There are so many awesome things to do in New Zealand that you are really spoiled for choice. Juggling up what are the best activities for you can be tough but we know that one main reason people come to New Zealand is to experience the adventures! Well we do have plenty of that which include ziplines, bungys, white water rafting, skiing, jet boating, skydiving, luging. You name it New Zealand has it!

Photo: Adrenaline filled adventure rafting with River Rats on Okere Falls

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The best Rotorua Geothermal parks

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Don’t miss experiencing the incredible Rotorua geothermal parks, one of the most unique things to do in Rotorua. The city’s unique location means that it’s perched on the Pacific Rim of Fire, making the city and the region a wonderland of geothermal activity. From bubbling mud pools and clouds of steam, to shooting geysers and natural hot springs, the thermal parks in Rotorua give you the opportunity to see these other-worldly geothermal attractions. Below, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the best thermal parks in Rotorua. Go get exploring!

  1. Hells Gate

  2. Te Puia

  3. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland 

  4. Waimangu Volcanic Valley


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Five-days of Adventure in Central North Island

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Central North Island is full of awesome adventure activities. You really can be spoiled for choice which makes it hard to choose what to do especially if you are short of time. Check out our ultimate 5 day adventure in the central North Island that you should definitely include in your New Zealand Itinerary

  • Day 1: Hamilton
  • Day 2: Rotorua
  • Day 3: Okere Falls
  • Day 4: Taupo
  • Day 5: Tongariro / Ruapehu
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Best Rotorua Mountain Biking Tracks

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Described as ‘mountain bike heaven’, Rotorua has this year been awarded Gold status by the International Mountain Biking Association, one of only six in the world. Mountain biking in Rotorua is, undoubtedly, world-class and some of the must do activities in Rotorua. Here are a few of our favourite local mountain biking trails in Rotorua.

  1. The Redwoods Forest

  2. Skyline Gravity Park 

  3. Western Okataina Walkway

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Must do activities in Rotorua [quick tip]

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Rotorua is a town not to be missed in your North Island itinerary. It has something for every traveller and it's an incredibly unique place! Geothermal activity is what it's well known for, but strong culture and many adventure activities make it a must visit on anyone's list. Check out our recommendations for the must do activities in Rotorua!

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Rotorua Attractions - Top Mountain Biking Tracks

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Mountain biking is known as one of the top Rotorua Attractions and the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest is a great place to go as it's suitable for all ages and abilities. The Rotorua Canopy Tours team is full of keen mountain bikers that love to get out to the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest  - check out some of the teams favourite trails!

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