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!
New Zealanders are well known for being innovative and creative. These ten kiwi inventions have gained world wide reputations. Check out how they were made and the talented inventors behind the amazing ideas!
- OGO Ball
- Jet Boat
- Electric Fence
- Spiral Hairpin
- Martin Jetpacks
- Springfree trampoline
- Referee Whistle
1. OGO ball
Inventor: Andrew and David Akers
The Akers brothers, Andrew and David were walking along the beach one day and came up with the idea of having shoes to walk on water. They then decided that a more practical idea would be a giant ball that rolls down a hill. Adrenaline junkies jump inside the inner hollow plastic ball reaching up to speeds of 50kph. The OGO balls are created onsite at OGO and it takes 2 people 80-90 hours each to create one OGO ball. Five to six different types of high quality plastics are used to make these awesome OGO balls.
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
By Tash Johnson (Canopy Tours Guide)
Ziplining can be enjoyed in some spectacular places around the world, and they all have absolutely breathtaking surroundings and views. You could try ziplining through the desert in Africa, over a quarry in the UK, around a historic fort in India, through native forest in New Zealand or soar over the ocean waters in Haiti. Here are some of our top picks for the best zipline tours around the world. Time to get inspired and start planning your next trip!
Dragon's Breath Ziplining Labadee, Haiti
Flying fox in Jodhpur, India
Zipworld in Bethesda, UK
Zip 2000 in Sun City, Africa
Rotorua Canopy Tours, New Zealand
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!
Adventure activities are not foreign to New Zealand. The choices are unlimited, and as New Zealanders we take pride in these awesome activities. If you were to ask any kiwi about the top 10 adventure activities to do, then here is what they will most likely tell you.
When people arrived in New Zealand it was covered in 80% native bush.
Our tours at Rotorua Canopy Tours are really unique and different from any other zipline tours. If you love ziplining you should come check us out - but first find out what you didn't know about our zipline courses.