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Lake Taupo: Maori Rock Carvings 1.5-Hour Scenic Cruise

Product ID: 263087
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Take in the spectacular views of Lake Taupo framed by Tongariro National Park's majestic snow capped mountain peaks. Learn of centuries of Maori tradition as you gaze upon spectacular rock carvings. Cruise around on a large, comfortable catamaran.
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Duration: 1.5 hours
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English
Wheelchair accessible

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the renowned Maori Rock Carvings on a cruise
  • Marvel at the beautiful panoramic scenery surrounding Taupo
  • Enjoy guided commentary to learn about the lake and the carvings
Full description
Cruise through the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of Lake Taupo, taking in the vibrancy of Maori culture all the while. After boarding your cruise, explore the stunning surroundings of the lake, surrounded by rugged mountains and lush trees on the banks. As you glide through the lake on your deluxe Catamaran, you’ll come to a massive carving depicting the traditional facial tattooing of the Maori people.

Inspired by centuries of rich Maori tradition, artist Matahi Brightwell carved the elaborate relief into the side of a cliff directly above the lake’s pristine waters in 1980. Depicting one of his grandmother’s ancestors, the carving represent a triumph of Maori artistry, and the continued preservation of indigenous culture. Perfect for the whole family, after taking in the carving, you can feed the ducks, and maybe even catch a fish. After 1.5 hours, you’ll head back to the dock to disembark.
Includes
  • 1.5-hour cruise aboard a 2-story catamaran
  • Experienced and professional local guide
  • Life jackets
  • Tea or coffee and a muffin
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food

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Meeting point

Berth 4, Taupo Boat Harbour, Chris Jolly Outdoors Redoubt St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket
Know before you go
• Subject to favourable weather conditions. In the event of bad weather, it may not be possible to view the Maori Rock Carvings. This decision is made at the discretion of the skipper for the health and safety of all on board the vessel.
• Wheelchair access is dependent on lake levels and size of the wheelchair. You must call the office to book prior to traveling to see if the wheelchair can be accommodated.

From US$ 23.43 per person

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Chris Jolly Outdoors

Product ID: 263087