Rotorua forest zipline experience named Tripadvisor's top thing to do in South Pacific in 2023

The Ziplining Forest Adventure at Rotorua Canopy Tours has been named the number one thing to do in the South Pacific in Tripadvisor's 2023 Travellers' Choice Awards .
Photo credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours

The Ziplining Forest Adventure at Rotorua Canopy Tours has been named the number one thing to do in the South Pacific this year by Tripadvisor.

The global travel guidance platform announced its 2023 Travellers' Choice Awards on Wednesday with Aotearoa claiming multiple spots on the South Pacific lists, but not earning a spot on the Top 25 Attractions in the World list.

That was topped by the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, with Rome's Colosseum in second place and Amsterdam's Anne Frank House in third.

Rotorua Canopy Tours is "ecstatic" with the honour, for which they beat out stiff competition from experiences in French Polynesia, Australia and elsewhere in Aotearoa.

"To be ranked number one in the South Pacific based solely off of our customer's enthusiasm and enjoyment for the Rotorua Canopy Tours' experience is unreal," said general manager Paul Button. 

"Our business is built off strong customer relationships and a dedication to providing a world class experience day-in-day-out. The South Pacific is home to some of the world's greatest tourism outfits - it's an honour to be recognised amongst this prestigious cohort."

Other New Zealand placements in the lists include Te Papa, Waitomo Caves, a Milford Sound scenic flight and boat cruise package, white water rafting at Kaituna Cascades and self-guided wine tours by bike in Marlborough.

The 2023 Travelers' Choice Awards are said to be based on the quality and quantity of user reviews and ratings on the website between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023, as well as Tripadvisor's "additional editorial process".

More of the results are listed below.

Top 15 Experiences in the South Pacific:

  1. Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua
  2. ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas, Australia
  3. Snorkelling excursion, discovery of the lagoon and its fauna, Moorea, French Polynesia
  4. Margaret River Wine Adventure, Australia
  5. Swim with Whale Sharks in the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Australia
  6. Full Day Lagoon Group Tour in Bora Bora, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  7. Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour, Rotorua
  8. White Water Rafting - Kaituna Cascades, Okere Falls, New Zealand 
  9. Full-Day 1770 Tour by LARC Amphibious Vehicle, Seventeen Seventy, Australia
  10. Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise, Hervey Bay, Australia
  11. Self-Guided Wine Tours by Bike in Marlborough, Renwick, New Zealand
  12. The Big Island Day Tour - Full day tour to Whitehaven Beach, Airlie Beach, Australia
  13. Wildlife Waterfalls and Wine Day Tour from Sydney
  14. Sea Scooter Jet Snorkeling 'Moorea Dream Adventure' Moorea, French Polynesia
  15. Milford Sound Scenic Fly-Cruise-Fly departing Queenstown.

Top 10 Experiences in the World:

  1. Grand Circle Island and Haleiwa Tour, Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Thai Cooking Course, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  3. Ubud Tour - Best of Ubud, Ubus, Bali
  4. Red Dunes ATV, Sandsurf, Camels, Stargazing & 5* BBQ, Dubai, UAE
  5. Best DMZ 3rd Infiltration Tunnel Tour from Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  6. Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure, Reykjavik, Iceland
  7. Amsterdam Luxury Guided Sightseeing Canal Cruise, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  8. Angkor Wat Sunrise Tour, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  9. San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  10. Hanoi Jeep Tours, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Top 25 Attractions in the South Pacific:

  1. Sydney Opera House - Sydney, NSW, Australia
  2. Kings Park and Botanic Garden - Perth, WA, Australia
  3. Sydney Harbour - Sydney, NSW, Australia
  4. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa - Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Sydney Harbour Bridge - Sydney, NSW, Australia
  6. South Bank Parklands - Brisbane, Qld, Australia
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne, Vic, Australia
  8. Mount Wellington - Hobart, Tas, Australia
  9. Convict Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site - Hobart, Tas, Australia
  10. Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest - Rotorua, New Zealand
  11. Hamilton Gardens - Hamilton, New Zealand
  12. Australian War Memorial - Canberra, ACT, Australia
  13. Milford Sound - Te Anau, New Zealand
  14. Uluru - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT, Australia
  15. Christchurch Botanic Gardens - Christchurch, New Zealand
  16. The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum - Cairns, Qld, Australia
  17. Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - Sydney, NSW, Australia
  18. Fremantle Prison - Fremantle, WA, Australia
  19. Umpherston Sinkhole - Mount Gambier, SA, Australia
  20. Blue Mountains - Katoomba, NSW, Australia
  21. Flinders Chase National Park - Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia
  22. Ruakuri Cave - Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
  23. Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World - Maleny, Qld, Australia
  24. Magic Mountain - Moorea, French Polynesia
  25. Maire Nui Gardens & Cafe - Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

Top 25 Attractions in the World:

  1. Basílica de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  2. Colosseum, Rome, Italy
  3. Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  4. The Dubai Fountain, Dubai, UAE
  5. Empire State Building, New York City, USA
  6. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
  7. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  8. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
  9. Central Park, New York City, USA
  10. Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain
  11. Duomo di Milano - Milan, Italy
  12. Parque del Retiro - Madrid, Spain
  13. Kilmainham Gaol Museum - Dublin, Ireland
  14. Acropolis - Athens, Greece
  15. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center - Abu Dhabi, UAE
  16. Iguazu Falls - Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
  17. Angkor Wat - Siem Reap, Cambodia
  18. Gardens by the Bay - Singapore, Singapore
  19. Iolani Palace - Honolulu, USA
  20. Jardin Majorelle - Marrakech, Morocco
  21. Museo Nacional de Antropologia - Mexico City, Mexico
  22. Stanley Park - Vancouver, Canada
  23. Taj Mahal - Agra, India
  24. Petra - Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
  25. Les 7 Cascades - Riviere Noire, Mauritius.