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The best geothermal experiences in Rotorua

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Don’t miss experiencing the incredible geothermal experiences in Rotorua, some 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 Rotorua attractions. Below, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the best geothermal experiences in Rotorua. Go get exploring!

Top geothermal experiences in Rotorua

  1. Hells Gate

  2. Te Puia

  3. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland 

  4. Waimangu Volcanic Valley


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Places to visit in New Zealand - South Island itinerary

Friday, 10 July 2020

Our beautiful South Island is one spectacular place, with snow capped mountains, rugged coastline, beautiful fjords and so many amazing activities and hikes. Planning your road trip in New Zealand can be a bit overwhelming with so much to fit in, so we've put together an action packed 5-day itinerary to help plan your ultimate South Island itinerary. 

New Zealand South Island itinerary for a road trip

  • Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef

  • Day 2: Franz Josef to Wanaka

  • Day 3: Wanaka to Queenstown

  • Day 4: Queenstown to Lake Tekapo

  • Day 5: Tekapo to Christchurch


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Top Things to do in New Zealand

Friday, 10 July 2020

New Zealand is well known for its breathtaking scenery, wonderful beaches and exciting adventure destinations. There are a lot of things to do in New Zealand and it can be hard to know where to start. As well as some suggestions for top things to do in New Zealand we’ve also got a few tips so you don’t miss a single opportunity to explore our beautiful country!


Must do New Zealand activities

  • Bungy jumping

  • Canyoning

  • Kayaking

  • Rotorua Canopy Tours

  • Zelandia

  • Tongariro River Rafting

  • Road trip around New Zealand

  • Take a dip in the Hot Springs

  • Swim at a New Zealand Beach

  • Try a unique Kiwi Invention

  • Try some uniquely kiwi food


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10 Top Kiwi Inventions

Sunday, 7 June 2020

New Zealanders are well known for being innovative and creative. These ten top kiwi inventions have gained world wide reputations. Check out how they were made and the talented inventors behind the amazing ideas!

  1. OGO Ball 

  2. Jet Boat 

  3. Bungy 

  4. Electric Fence 

  5. Shweeb

  6. Spiral Hairpin 

  7. Jogging

  8. Martin Jetpacks 

  9. Springfree trampoline

  10. Referee Whistle



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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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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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