If you’re ever in Rotorua, New Zealand and you’re looking for a unique kiwi experience, check out Rotorua Canopy Tours.
On this action-packed 2.5 hour tour, you’ll zoom through native New Zealand forest on 6 zipline tracks, hung some 22 metres high!
I’d been wanting to do this for a while, and finally got to tick it off the ‘to do’ list this summer.
Located just outside of Rotorua, the 1.2km of zipline cables are hung in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. After a quick shuttle from the city, you’re zooming through the air, between and often over a beautiful native forest, rampant with rimu, totara, silver ferns and punga trees.
The highlight was the 220 metre ‘Tui song’ zipline, or more so the 11000-year-old totara tree it departed from. Standing 22 metres up on this thing with almost a birds-eye view of native trees is incredible.
I’m not scared of heights, though I hate the idea of free-falling (bungy/skydive = no thanks) so I found leaping off each zipline platform fairly easy, except when they dared us to go backwards with no hands, which is a lot freakier than you’d think! But nonetheless I did it, and yes it was a bit of an adrenaline rush!
However, one of the best things about the tour is the conservation work your booking fee helps to support!
Back in 2012 the forest was nicknamed ‘The Silent Forest’, as it was crawling with possums and rats, who were gobbling up all our native birds’ eggs.
Rotorua Canopy Tours started trapping these pests in 2013 after raising $35,000 from the zipline tours, and now our native birds are thriving! It’s no longer silent instead, you hear birds sing throughout the tour, and if you’re lucky enough, some of them might even come and pay you a visit…
This cheeky little robin came and ate right out of my hand – amazing for a native forest bird!
The tour was seriously awesome and I definitely recommend it – great for families too!
Hot tip: If you can be flexible on days + times for your booking, check out BookMe.co.nz to see if there are any discounted tours available!