Back in 2012 two university friends got together and decided to start a ziplining 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.
There’s nothing better than packing up bags, piling the kids in the car and hitting the highway for a good old-fashioned family road trip. While holidays are all about ditching the rules, we've put together some tips to make your trip more fun when you have little ones in the car.
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!
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.
It took nearly 5 years from the spark of inspiration until the first customers came on one of our zipline 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...
The idea of zipline tours:
Like all good things this took time – the concept for Rotorua Canopy Tours began way back in 2008. An idea that zipline tours could be a fun and exciting way to transport people through a truly awesome New Zealand environment.
You’re visiting Rotorua, and you’ve hit a wet weather day – what to do? While your first thought may be to find something fun to do indoors, we’d recommend you think outside the square a little. Did you know that one of the most fun things to do on a rainy day is located outdoors, deep within a native forest? Rainy days tend to bring out the best in a Rotorua Canopy Tour – here’s why.
By Tash Johnson (Canopy Tours Guide)