Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua (2023)

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This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.

  • Enjoy breathtaking views while suspended up to 72 feet above the ground

  • All safety equipment and hotel pickup and drop-off included

  • Access and download all the photos from your zipline adventure at the end of the tour

  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Safety equipment

  • Two professional guides

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

  • Photos available for download

  • Wet weather clothing and warmer garments

  • Food and drinks

  • Gratuities

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Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Rotorua Canopy Tours

    147 Fairy Springs Road, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand

    Everyone meets at our base prior to their experience. This is just a 5 -10 minute drive from Rotorua's Centre. Call us if you need any help with directions or would like to discuss pickup options from within the Rotorua CBD area.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

At your selected departure time you’re picked up from your hotel and transferred to the starting point for your zipline tour in the Rotorua forest, a protected ecosystem that your ticket price helps to preserve.

On arrival, it’s a gentle walk to the first platform, perched 72 feet above the forest floor. Before you launch into the canopy, expert guides provide safety gear and a briefing on what you can expect during your treetops adventure.

Before you shoot off into the tree canopy, learn about the region’s history and birdlife, and hear about steps the local tour operator is taking to care for the 500-year-old forest. Then enjoy aerial views as you zoom along six ziplines — the longest of which is 722 feet (220 meters) long — stopping at two suspended bridges in between.

Back on firm ground, finish your Rotorua zipline adventure with drop-off at your hotel.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers

  • We can help with pickup and drop-off to Rotorua Central. Please contact us with any questions, all contact details are found on your confirmation voucher/email

  • Minimum age is 6 years

  • Maximum weight is 265 pounds (120kg)

  • Closed-toe footwear is required; supportive footwear such as trainers or hiking boots is recommended

  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart problems or other serious medical conditions

  • Availability: This tour is for small groups of no more than 10 people. We will do our best to book you for your preferred departure time but due to other bookings, this may not always be available. If your preferred time is not available, we will contact you to offer an alternative departure

  • Near public transportation

  • Most travelers can participate

  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.

  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.

  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Absolutely amazing from start to finish. Our guides, Jess and Mikaela, were highly entertaining and a wealth of knowledge as well as extremely competent with the ziplines, putting us all at ease. Their passion for conservation was contagious and the educational part of the experience was as enjoyable as 'flying' through the canopy! Would recommend this to EVERYONE and will do it again in a heartbeat.



3,336 reviews

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Down to earth and yet transcendent


May 2023

I enjoyed our guides, Phoebe and Andrew - their professionalism combined with humour, anecdote, environmental education, zaniness, and reassurance. The environmental consciousness of the company is inspirational. The experience of walking through ancient forest and ziplining across the canopy is almost spiritual. Highly recommended.

Forest Adventure With Great Guides


Apr 2023

This was my first zip line experience and it was just wonderful. Guides Vincent and Megan dispelled any possible fears. Clearly, safety is a huge priority with this company. The repartee between the guides and with our group was infectious. Pure fun. An unexpected benefit was that we learned a great deal about the Forest, it’s natural challenges and the valiant efforts to preserve it. Everyone in our group of ten left smiling and grateful for the experience. Kudos!

Most exciting adventure


Apr 2023

Crew was fantastic! Scenery was unforgettable. A professional operation. All of this led to an extremely memorable day.

1 traveler found this review helpful

Awesome time


Apr 2023

This was a wonderful end to my New Zealand trip. The guides were funny and knowledgeable about the animals and the forest. The whole tour was just a lot of fun, you felt safe and were therefore able to enjoy the experience to the fullest. Time literally flew by. I also really appreciated that part of the money for the ticket goes into protecting this wonderful forest.

Best. Morning. Ever.


Apr 2023

Absolutely amazing from start to finish. Our guides, Jess and Mikaela, were highly entertaining and a wealth of knowledge as well as extremely competent with the ziplines, putting us all at ease. Their passion for conservation was contagious and the educational part of the experience was as enjoyable as 'flying' through the canopy! Would recommend this to EVERYONE and will do it again in a heartbeat.

Worth every penny!


Apr 2023

The forest and the birds were beautiful.There were at least 6 zip lines, 2 suspended bridges, and a short amount of hiking. The guides Mykala and J.C. were great. Attentive, helpful, knowledgeable, safety conscious, and fun!Well worth the money and time !

Zip-lining ecotourism

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Mar 2023

I love this company. They made first time zip liners at ease and I love that part of our ticket money goes to environmental stewardship of the forest. Ecotourism at its finest!



Mar 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. However we probably won't go through Viator again as the cost converting NZ currency to USA was to expensive.

Best experience!


Mar 2023

We had the best time with Ash and Nat! They were so fun and a major highlight of our tour!! Zip lines and views were amazing, and loved the education aspect and learning about conservation efforts. Would highly recommend!

Loved Alex & Vincent's sense of humor!


Mar 2023

Alex and Vincent are the best guides!! We enjoyed their cheeky humor and vast knowledge of all things related to NZ, wildlife, and of course ziplining!! They were amazing at getting everyone comfortable and the day seemed to fly by. I have to admit I was a bit sad when it was over! Would highly recommend this activity, everyone was amazing from the time we checked in all the way through the end! 10/10!!

Just do it!


Mar 2023

The people I met doing the tour and the guides were awesome - Natalie. The sharing of how they are preserving the ecosystem and birds was fantastic.

aerial wire wizkids


Mar 2023

A great day was had and enjoyed by us. Go for this if you want to enjoy the bush, birds and a fun burst.

Best thing of the trip!


Mar 2023

Tour all around best thing we did in NZ. Guides were amazing (Jess and Andrew you guys rock!). Knowledgeable about the forest ecosystem and hilarious. Also we were really nervous about my 70 year old mom doing the tour with not the greatest knees.. They went out of their way for her and she had an absolute blast! If we ever get the chance to do it again we would go for longer!! Thanks a ton.

Vincent & James Rock!


Feb 2023

Vincent and Jake brought the fun and excitement in the van. They were comforting and encouraging to our terrified friend while high-fiving the confident. I would further like to praise the entire company for their pest-fighting efforts and the positive impact that has had on the forest. Vinny and Jake were able to explain the project well and made us all feel proud of being part of it. Great Fun!

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Amazing adventure


Dec 2022

What a experience! Ziplining was so cool and fun! Guides were amazing and they made me feel safe during the whole adventure up in the trees. It was also interesting to hear about conservation work. It is important work. This adventure is definately worth to do! Thank you Canopy Tour Rotorua

the zipline itself was a...


Nov 2022

the zipline itself was a lot of fun, scenery amazing and staff were great! I took my mother for her 70th birthday here visiting from the States - a great memorable experience!

The Worlds Best Bird Call


Nov 2022

This trip was absolutely incredible. The Alex’s and Sarah were a great group of guides. Incredible sense of humor and incredibly knowledgeable I’d do this tour again in a heart beat. I had so much fun doing this

A great experince!


Oct 2022

A great experince! The staff were so fun and encouraging, which made the day that much better. If you haven't done Ziplining before I definitely recommend it for first timers!

Alex and Ash rock!


Oct 2022

Alex and Ash were incredible guides with lots of knowledge. The conservation you’re doing in the forest is awesome, it’s great to know our ticket cost is being put to something good.

1 traveler found this review helpful

awsome fun


Oct 2022

the whole adventure was a brilliant experience, very impressed with the operators and felt really safe. lots of fun, thanks



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The Ultimate Canopy Tour is higher, longer and more spectacular than the award winning Original Canopy Tour. This journey takes you deeper into untouched New Zealand forest – this experience will show you the New Zealand you came to see.

What does zipline canopy tour mean? ›

Wikipedia defines a canopy tour as: “… an established route through a wooded and often mountainous landscape making primary use of zip lines and aerial bridges between platforms built in trees.

How long is the canopy tour? ›

The Karkloof Canopy Tour consists of 12 platforms and 10 zip-line slides, the longest of which is 200m! A tour lasts approximately two hours, this is a safe, fun adventure for people between the ages of 6 and 80+ and includes refreshments during the tour.

How long is Rotorua zipline? ›

Our unique 400-metre dual ziplines allow you to race your friends & family at speeds of up to 60km/h.

What do you wear to a canopy tour? ›

You should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe footwear. Open sandals are not suitable as they will simply fall off. Shorts or long pants are fine but mini-skirts are not. Running shoes, takkies, and veldskoene are perfect and strap-on sandals will do.

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Can you wear jeans to zipline? ›

Jeans or shorts? In colder weather, jeans for sure, but even in summer, we've found that jeans tend to make for a more comfortable ride, especially when that safety harness gets cinched nice and snug. Shorts are acceptable, but they may not always be the best option.

Can I wear water shoes to zipline? ›

Water shoes would be recommended, and usually you can wear them for everything, so they definitely would be a good choice. As you are ziplining, wear something that a harness can work with, like shorts.

What is the weight limit for a canopy tour? ›

The Original Canopy Tour:

Maximum weight limit of 120kg. Minimum age of six years old.

Do you wear shorts or pants to zipline? ›

Bottoms. Long pants or capris are recommended for ziplining. Longer shorts can be doable for men, but women who wear shorts can sometimes experience discomfort during the ride if the harness straps dig into the skin on their legs.

What is the recommended age for ziplining? ›

Most zipline operators will not allow children under the age of 5 years old, though some have restrictions up to 8 years old.

What is the longest zipline tour in the United States? ›

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Where did canopy tours originate? ›

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How high is the Flying Dutchman zipline? ›

The Flying Dutchman

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What is the highest canopy walk in the world? ›

Victoria. The Otway Fly claims to be the longest and highest 'steel canopy walk' in the world, It is 600 metres long with a maximum height of 47 metres.

What tree has the widest canopy in the world? ›

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Is Canopy a non profit? ›

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Who owns Hocking Hills canopy tours? ›

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Who originated the canopy tours in Costa Rica? ›

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Where is the fastest zipline in the US? ›

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How many tourists visit Rotorua annually? ›

An estimated 3.5 million people visit Rotorua each year - 42 percent of them are from overseas and the rest domestic. Together they spend about $842 million a year in the region.

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Over a 2.5 hour journey, that will have you soaring through the air like a bird over three waterfalls, which even includes over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - Tutea Falls 7m on a total of four zip lines, one swing bridge and interacting within the Ōkere Falls forest on a series of boardwalks.

How old is the Rotorua gondola? ›

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Before Using the Park You Must:

Be under 300 lbs. and fit into one of our harnesses appropriately. For Soar Like an Eagle Face-Forward zipline, maximum weight is 275lbs. Wear well fitting clothing that does not allow anything to hang loose or get tangled in cables and rope.

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