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Taupō: Lake Taupo Maori Rock Carving 2.5-Hour Sailing Cruise

Taupō: Lake Taupo Maori Rock Carving 2.5-Hour Sailing Cruise

From US$ 30.61 per person

Visit Lake Taupo's Maori Rock Carvings accessible only by boat and enjoy the beautiful scenery on an eco-friendly electric yacht. Set off for an experience where relaxation, fun, and adventure meet.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Discover the renowned Maori Rock Carvings on an electric yacht
  • Marvel at scenic views of Lake Taupo and enjoy commentary from a certified skipper
  • Cruise on an eco and carbon-friendly vessel with no noise, fumes, or pollution
  • Experience fun no matter the season with snuggle warm ponchos available during winter
  • Support a company that purchases carbon credits to offset emissions from each tour
Full description

Discover Taupo's Maori Rock Carvings, possibly the largest of their type in the world and only accessible by boat. Enjoy sailing Lake Taupo at its best (and quietest) with New Zealand's only commercially operated electric yacht. Set off with a friendly and experienced skipper. Make yourself at home on a lovingly restored classic white sailing yacht, which set the scene for a wonderful experience on stunning Taupo Moana (Lake Taupo).

Sit back and relax as your fun and experienced guide explains the 800-year-old cultural significance of the 14-meter high Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings.  Soak up the sun or you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. Equipped for all conditions - if the wind dies down, the eco-friendly electric engine will kick in, moving you noiselessly through the water.

When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea spray and noisy outboard motors. Snuggly warm ponchos are supplied for cooler days.

  • 2.5-hour cruise aboard an electric yacht
  • Experienced and professional local guide
  • Light-hearted commentary in English
  • Life jackets
  • Water/wind-proof ponchos
  • Hot drinks (tea, coffee, milo, green tea, hot water, mulled wine in winter)
  • 1 alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink on the evening/sunset trip
  • Additional drinks (available for purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity is subject to minimum numbers and favorable weather conditions
  • You are welcome to bring your own prepared food, snacks, and or beverages (alcoholic beverages are limited to guests 18 years and older by New Zealand law) There is a toilet onboard the boat
  • This tour operator has received an Ekos "Carbon Friendly" certification, purchasing carbon credits to offset the estimated emissions associated with the business
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 79 reviews

Review summary

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A fantastic afternoon. Skipper was great. Watching him trim the sails and be sped along by the wind made it all the better, so glad it wasn't a motor boat. The carvings are what you sent the pictures but, as always, better in real life. The skipper's commentary made it interesting, amusing and fresh, even though he must have said it thousands of times! A great experience, helped by beautiful weather, we even got to have a swim in the beautiful water from the yacht.

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March 14, 2020

You cannot skip this activity in Taupo. Don’t miss the opportunity to swim in the Lake Taupo. It is a great experience. Sailing boat was beautiful. The guide was good but when the yacht is sailing I couldn’t hear anything from the other end of the yacht. I do nevertheless recommend it and I hope they find a solution for that... The carvings were beautiful and we have seen a duck family which was very cute.

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February 19, 2020

Great sail boat experience to the Maori carvings at lake Taupo! Our guide and his son were very lovely people and happy to answer any question we had. Highly recommend taking this tour, as you not only get to learn about the Maori carvings, but a lot more about New Zealand and it’s history!

January 3, 2020

Product ID: 158013