Meet Jesse – Rotorua Canopy Tours Guide

Jesse is another awesome Rotorua Canopy Tours guide that gets to spend his days at work in the fresh air flying through the native forest meeting people from all around the world.

Born and bred in Rotorua, Jesse knows Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty area inside and out and for as long as he can remember he has been getting out in the outdoors exploring what the region has to offer. Jesse has worked in the tourism industry for a number of years since leaving school but he feels as though he has landed his feet since becoming a Rotorua Canopy Tours guide.

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Jesse is one of our kiwi Canopy Tours guides

What is different about working at Rotorua Canopy Tours compared to other jobs you have had?

The difference between Rotorua Canopy Tours and other jobs I have worked is the extra mile that Rotorua Canopy Tours staff go for their customers . I have seen some of the guides after their tour take the customer back to their hotel to change clothing and then take them into town to show them the best places to eat for lunch or dinner. Also, the dedication Rotorua Canopy Tours has for the conservation trapping programme is beyond anything I have ever seen before.

What was been the best moment you have had working at Rotorua Canopy Tours so far?

The best so far was when the team went to Mokoia Island for our staff function and fellow guides Scott, Cam and myself heard our first saddleback calling. It was really special as the saddleback are native to New Zealand, but unfortunately they are very rare and are not found in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. Rotorua Canopy Tours are hoping they will one day return to the forest, once it is safe for them to live and breed there.

Rotorua Canopy Tours Guide-JesseJesse helped to collect the dead animals in phase 3 of trapping 

Are you passionate about the outdoors?

I absolutely love the outdoors. I have worked closely with some of New Zealand’s native birds before working at Rotorua Canopy Tours so being back in a workplace that is helping to make the forest safe for these birds is awesome. It is awesome to be able to use my knowledge of our native birds and share it with customers that come on a canopy tour with me.

What do you get up to when you’re not a Rotorua Canopy Tours guide?

I love being in the outdoors with my partner and my two German Shepard dogs. I especially like exploring different walks around the Bay of Plenty Area and enjoy trying out the delicious places to eat around Rotorua, because I love food! If you see me around, have a chat to me and I can recommend the best places to eat or the best walking tracks in the area.


Jesse and Spencer with one of the dead rats they found on a trapping line

What is your favourite part of the Canopy tour and why?

My favourite part of the tour is the conservation trail, this is where we have a break from ziplining in the middle of the tour and talk about the trapping programme that we do in the forest. It is such an unique aspect of the tour and it is awesome to be able to tell our customers how much of a difference we are making in our forest.

What was it like doing phase 3 of the pest trapping programme in the forest?

Phase 3 of the pest trapping programme was awesome and such a cool experience to see just how many pests there are in the forest! I teamed up with Spencer and we checked 4  trapping lines collecting the dead possums and rats, then we spent time re baiting and setting the traps again.

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