Rotorua Canopy Tours visit New Zealand Tourism Attractions
The team at Rotorua Canopy Tours have been working really hard ziplining thousands of customers through the forest. It was time for a break. So we shut the office for an afternoon and headed out on an adventure. Every few months we go on an adventure with the whole team, and it is always organised by someone different. This time we had guides Paul and Josh, and one of our front office superstars Moe surprise us with a fun afternoon and evening visiting two New Zealand Tourism attractions.
Photo: Rotorua Canopy Tours staff Pip and Moe having fun on the chairlift at New Zealand Tourism attraction, Skyline Rotorua. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours
Firstly, we were taken over the road to Skyline Rotorua, a very popular New Zealand Toursim attraction. We were transported to the top of the hill via a gondola cart that showcased spectacular views over Rotorua. Then the fun began with races down the luge. The luge is a one person cart that goes on a track where you control the speed and direction. All of our staff raced each other down to the bottom to see who would win bragging rights and Pip took it out. We got in chairlifts to take us back to the start of the luge to race all over again! It was super fun racing one another while taking in the beautiful views of our favourite city.
Paul, Josh and Moe then drove us to a secret location 45 minutes drive from the Rotorua Canopy Tours HQ. We found ourselves at another New Zealand Tourism Attraction, the Hobbiton Movie Set. This is located on a family sheep farm near Matamata. A few of out team members are massive Hobbit fans and knew the movie right down to every little detail. Our guide, Sonny was really knowledgeable and great fun. He got us all excited about Hobbiton, even those of us that had not seen the movies before.
Photo: The full Rotorua Canopy Tours team enjoying their day out exploring a top New Zealand Tourism attraction, Hobbiton. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours
On this evening banquet tour we enjoyed the spectacular 360 degree views while watching the sunset behind the rolling hills. The team had a good look around the hobbit holes that were empty inside as those indoor scenes were filmed elsewhere. There is a full time gardener at Hobbiton that cuts the lawns and keeps the gardens in perfect condition. Our tour guide also told us about the oak tree that stands on the hill, it is amazing as it has 376,000 fake leaves on the tree that were placed on by hand, one by one.
At the end of the walking tour we visited the Green Dragon pub. We enjoyed a couple of drinks of ale and cider while warming up in front of the fire. The best part of the night was yet to come…the AMAZING dinner!
We were all encouraged to eat how hobbits would have eaten, using hands and eating as much as we could! The spread of food that sat in front of us was like nothing we had ever seen before. The lamb shanks were to die for and the whole chickens could be stabbed into with a carving fork and passed around for everyone to share. There were heaps of little bowls all over the table hidden with delicious food. The dinner was so much fun being able to interact with everyone and share stories around the table.
Photo: The spread of delicious food on the table at the evening banquet tour at New Zealand Tourism attraction, Hobbiton. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours
It was then time to call it a day and head back to the Rotorua Canopy Tours HQ. The team had an awesome day checking out outstanding New Zealand Tourism attractions that attract thousands of visitors daily from all around the world.