Rotorua Canopy Tours Blog

Best eco family activities

Sunday, 7 June 2020

If you're looking for fun family activities that are educational and do their part caring for the environment, we've got the perfect list for you. We’re lucky enough in New Zealand to have a lot of great family activities that don’t disturb natural areas – these are low impact and improve the environment for the native creatures that call these places home. Check our list of the top eco family activities in the North Island:

  • Rotorua Canopy Tours

  • Sail Barbary

  • Rainbow Springs

  • Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

  • Waimangu


  • Rotorua Duck Tours

  • Dive Tatapouri

  • Sanctuary Mountain

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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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Top things to do at Lake Taupo

Thursday, 20 December 2018

With Lake Taupo being the largest lake in New Zealand you are really spoiled for choice with all the adventures and activities that go on in and around it. Taupo is an awesome place to visit year round - summer is the perfect time to get out and about at the lake and winter is ideal for the snow sports. Let us help you out and recommend some of our favourite things to do over at our neighbours at Lake Taupo this summer. 

  1. Bulli Point
  2. Kayak to the Maori rock carvings
  3. Whakaipo Bay
  4. Chris Jolly Lake Cruise
  5. Paetiki Bakery


1. Bulli Point

Show off your Olympic diving skills by jumping off rock ledges and into the fresh blue waters of Lake Taupo at Bulli Point. There’s three ledges to jump from (the highest is 7m) and the water’s so deep there’s no chance of hitting the bottom. So, pull out your biggest back flips and show the locals what you’ve got - or they will show you what they have got!

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Where to eat in Rotorua: our top picks

Thursday, 20 December 2018

We all have heaps of suggestions of where to stay but we also have awesome suggestions of where to eat. Some of our favourites are only well known by the locals and we love sharing the local secrets with our visitors. Make sure you check out these awesome food places for some of the best food in town. 

  1. Abracadabra 
  2. Rotorua Night Markets
  3. Ciabatta Bakery
  4. Patricks Pies 
  5. Okere Falls Store
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