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Rotorua Canopy Tours has been open since 2012 and since the beginning we have been doing some amazing things! Check out some of the news stories about Canopy Tours below.

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Off the beaten track: Rotorua’s ecotourism revolution

Source: www.stuff.co.nz 

23 March, 2020

Suspended 60m above the forest canopy, attached via harness to a zip line connected to two 1000-year-old rimus, a sense of calm descends.

The birds-eye view of ancient virgin native forest far below seems so natural, the way it’s supposed to be seen. The twists of the rata as it winds its way around the trunk of a giant of the forest.

That the rejuvenated forest is so lush is due to a collaborative effort between Rotorua Canopy Tours and the Department of Conservation to rid the forest of possum, stoats and rats.

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American students spend holiday volunteering in Rotorua forest

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz 

16 Jan, 2020

Twenty-four American college students are spending today volunteering at Rotorua Canopy Tours today, learning about wildlife and environmental conservation.

Hosted by Canopy Tours guides, the University of Delaware students rebated a mix of Department of Conservation and Goodnature automatic pest traps, clearing tracks, and counting birds in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve, a 250ha stretch of virgin bush near Rotorua, according to a written statement from Rotorua Canopy Tours.

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Long-tailed cuckoo returns to Rotorua forest at long last

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz Rotorua Daily Post

13 Jan, 2020

The long-tailed cuckoo has returned to Rotorua’s Dansey Road Scenic Reserve after seven years of pest control.

The long-tailed cuckoo (koekoeā) is a summer migrant bird endemic to New Zealand and mainly frequents forest, so is often difficult to observe closely.

Long-tailed cuckoo migrate to the Pacific islands each winter and can be spotted throughout New Zealand when migrating during summer, autumn or spring, according to…

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Record low possum numbers in Dansey Road Reserve

Source: www.sunlive.co.nz 

04 Dec, 2019

Record low numbers of possums have been found in the Dansey Scenic Reserve forest.

Rotorua Canopy Tours have completed pest monitoring work in the reserve and possums are tracking at 3 per cent.

The adventure eco-tourism outfit, near Mamaku, have been maintaining an extensive pest control operation in the forest for 7 years.

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Tourism’s high achiever

Source: www.nzbusiness.co.nz 

4 November, 2019

Seven years after launching, eco-adventure tourism business Rotorua Canopy Tours is flying high in popularity. Founder James Fitzgerald shares the milestones and lessons.

For the thousands of Kiwis and tourists from all over the globe who have experienced it, Rotorua Canopy Tours is a special place. It is educational, exhilarating, and it has a deeper purpose in its work to restore the flora and fauna and promote sustainability in what was originally regarded as 500 hectares of low priority conservation land.

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Monster rat! Conservationist finds giant rat near Rotorua

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz 

30 Aug, 2019

A monster rat nearly 40cm long has been caught in a trap near Rotorua.

The beast was found by Rotorua Canopy Tours conservation lead and guide Scott Davis while guiding a group around the area near Mamaku Village last week.

And to say he was stunned was an understatement. “It was definitely the biggest one I’ve ever seen and the large head indicated it was a young rat, too,” Davis said.

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Rotorua businesses finalists in Sustainable Business Awards

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz The Country

23 Aug, 2019

Two Rotorua businesses are finalists in the 2019 New Zealand Insurance Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Lux Organics and Rotorua Canopy Tours are both up for awards.

Ngongotahā’s Lux Organics is up for the ‘Transforming Food’ award while Rotorua Canopy Tours is contending for the ‘Restoring Nature’ award.

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‘Very rare’ shrub found in Rotorua forest

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

19 Aug, 2019

A falling tree in a 1000 year old forest has revealed the existence of a rare shrub.

The shrub, Pittosporum kirkii, is one of four endemic to New Zealand and has been listed as at risk by the Department of Conservation since 2012.

The discovery was made at the Dansey Scenic Reserve outside Rotorua by Shelley Ogle, a tour guide at Rotorua Canopy Tours, who was conducting…

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World Famous in New Zealand: Rotorua Canopy Tours

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

23 June, 2019

Just outside Rotorua is the ordinary-sounding Dansey Road Scenic Reserve, which is actually very special.

It forms part of the scant five per cent of virgin forest left in New Zealand. It looks different the moment you enter it – lush, tall, varied and full of birds – but by far the best way to enjoy it is up close, on a zipline tour through the canopy.

Rotorua Canopy Tours offers two options: the Original, and the newer….

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Nothing to be blue about as werewere-kōkako mushrooms spotted in Rotorua scenic reserve

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz The Country

9 May, 2019

The blue mushroom made famous by the $50 note and the kōkako bird have been found flourishing in the Rotorua district.

Werewere-kōkako blue mushrooms have been spotted this autumn by the team and visitors at Rotorua Canopy Tours.

In a statement, the tours team said it was an exciting find.

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Three Bay of Plenty tourism businesses scoop up sustainability awards

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz The Country

3 May, 2019

Rotorua Canopy Tours, Kaitiaki Adventures, and Redwoods Treewalk have been announced as three of seven winners of the new prestigious Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience award at a ceremony hosted at Parliament.

The seven winners among 41 finalists celebrated during the awards ceremony in the Banquet Hall at the Beehive in Wellington on Wednesday night.

The winners were congratulated by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, who also hosted the ceremony

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Could this be NZ’s best zipline adventure?

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

27 July, 2018

Finally, an adventure for adults.

I often find ziplining ends up being a little underwhelming; designed for kids or those who like to live in their comfort zone. But not any longer.

Canopy Tours in Rotorua has just launched its “Ultimate Canopy Tour” and with cliff walks, swing bridges, high-speed ziplining and even a tree abseil – it’s not for the faint-hearted.

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