Meet the team

Each and every one of our Canopy Tours is guided by two of our highly trained Kiwi guides from a range of different backgrounds. Regardless of where they have come from we put them through a rigorous induction program and run continual training to ensure all guides are competent and confident in all of our zipline safety systems.

Get to know the team at Canopy Tours!


Bet you’re wondering how Canopy Tours all began…

It took nearly 5 years from the spark of inspiration until the first customer came along on a Rotorua Canopy Tour and since then over 70,000 have been treated to the magic of this native New Zealand forest.

So if you’re interested – here’s the story about how it all began…

Like all good things they take time – the concept for Rotorua Canopy Tours began way back in 2008. An idea that ziplines could be a fun and exciting way to transport people through a truly awesome New Zealand environment.

James Fitzgerald was stuck in a job – dreaming up his idea of a zipline tour company. It would be in a native forest full of ancient trees, birds singing everywhere and people laughing, learning and having the time of their lives. But there were a few hurdles – firstly where was this forest? How would it get built? How could we pay for this? And how on earth do you run a zipline company?

As the years went by the pieces of the puzzle started falling into place – James found the perfect native forest on the outskirts of Rotorua. He also found someone to share his dream, university mate Andrew Blackford, who happened to be an engineer! Andrew had some great ideas and believed he could design and build James’s zipline system. With a few research trips overseas James and Andrew learnt that with a bit of trial and error they could also run this company.

The real work began on 1 March 2012, James and Andrew left their jobs and walked into the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve to build what would become Rotorua Canopy Tours. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Andrew and Nick sitting on the new platform at the start of the longest zipline

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