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Phase 2 Gets Underway

27 October, 2015

In October 2015 Rotorua Canopy Tours invested in a new range of automated traps from Goodnature. The way we had begun trapping in 2013 worked. But our original traps were all manual and very labour intensive to re-set and monitor. Armed with this new technology, we installed 450 self-resetting rat…

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Director-General of DOC Comes To Visit

5 October, 2015

In October 2015 we hosted a very special guest in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. Lou Sanson, the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, was visiting Rotorua and was so keen to check out Rotorua Canopy Tours that we arranged a special 6am zipline tour for him and his daughter.…

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The Canopy Conservation Trust is Formed

27 June, 2015

Thanks to the great results we’ve already achieved, and the growing level of community and media support for our pest eradication project, Rotorua Canopy Tours decided to approach the Department of Conservation in 2015 about establishing a formal partnership. Fortunately, they were all for it! And so the Canopy Conservation…

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Goodnature Traps Introduced

27 January, 2015

Our original labour-intensive method of trapping pests in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve wasn’t a viable long-term solution, so we went back to the drawing board. In 2015 we found the answer we were looking for. We began trialling gas powered self-resetting traps produced by a Wellington company called Goodnature,…

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Phase One: Lessons Learnt

27 June, 2014

Having begun trapping pests in a 50ha section of forest, our Rotorua Canopy Tours staff quickly learnt some hard lessons while trying to maintain our efforts. Re-setting traps and keeping them effective is time-consuming, exhausting, motivation sapping, gross and overall hugely expensive! We couldn’t keep it up – it nearly…

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The birds are returning

5 February, 2014

It is now a year since we have been heading deep in the forest building the tour and taking customers through. So far we have hosted 7500 people through the treetops in our first 7 months which has been outstanding. As many of those people have learnt we have a…

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Phase One Results

27 June, 2013

During Rotorua Canopy Tour’s first year of operation, we managed to save $35,000 through sponsorship, visitor donations and ticket contributions, to spend on pest control in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. We started ‘Phase 1’ by concentrating on a 50ha section of the Reserve, directly around the zipline course where…

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Measuring Results: Chew Track Cards

27 August, 2012

Here at Rotorua Canopy Tours, we wanted to confirm our suspicions about what was going on in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve at night. We knew pests were around so we decided to monitor the forest to determine the extent of the problem. We cut long monitoring lines in the…

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Rotorua Canopy Tours Established

27 February, 2012

Rotorua Canopy Tours combines action and adrenaline with one of New Zealand’s most serene environments – two aspects that were always designed to go hand-in-hand. This eco-tourism business took four years of careful planning and was eventually launched in 2012. As well as providing New Zealand’s first zipline canopy tour,…

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