Tourism and conservation are starting to go hand-in-hand and this is a concept the team at Rotorua Canopy Tours knows better than most.
When you pay for your ziplining adventure experience, part of your entry price goes right back into protecting the forest you’ve been immersed in.
It’s taken a lot of work to get the Dansey Scenic Reserve, which is virgin native New Zealand bush, to a good standard of health.
“When our founder, James Fitzgerald, went out to the forest to find the perfect location for an eco-adventure, he instantly realised that that forest was immensely sick in terms of the pest saturation there. Pest monitoring showed it was at 100 per cent saturation when we first got into the forest,” says Rotorua Canopy Tours’ Eloise Roxburgh.
“Right from the start, we’ve known we have to help this magic forest restore itself. Not only are we able to provide this unique experience and take people to amazing locations, but we are creating a sanctuary for everyone to enjoy, for years to come.”
And they’ve been looking after it fantastically. With interactive information provided along the tour, conservation comes to life and becomes an easy concept to get on board with.
“Everyone that comes through becomes a part of the journey to equip Rotorua and New Zealand with a sanctuary to showcase and enjoy.
“The conservation fund drives our pest management efforts and enables us to look after the forest,” says Eloise.
“It’s a neat story that a lot of people can get engaged in.”
For more information and to book your own adventure through the forest, visit:
The Weekend Sun has one double pass for Rotorua Canopy Tours’ original canopy tour for one lucky reader who can tell us the name of the forest they operate in.
Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz under the competition section. Entries must be received by Tuesday, May 18.