Taupo's Best
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Things to Do in Taupo: Lake Taupo Cruise

Imagine sailing Taupo aboard 1920s yacht Barbary – NZ’s only commercially operated electric yacht and floating cinema!

Join the locals on a boutique Lake Taupo cruise to the renowned Maori Rock Carvings. Sailing Taupo’s beautiful bays, Barbary offers the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure at an awesome price. Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. Barbary is nothing like your run-of-the-mill Lake Taupo cruise; our eco-friendly yacht offers year-round water activities the Kiwi way. Decide which sailing cruise you like best and secure your spot for Barbary’s next Taupo sailing.

Barbary’s Cruise Highlights

  • Top-rated things to do in Taupo on TripAdvisor
  • Enjoy sailing Taupo at its best (and quietest!) on NZ’s only commercially operated electric yacht
  • Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity & Enviro Silver Award
  • Sailing to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings for over 30 years
  • Beautifully refurbished vintage yacht
  • One of the best eco-friendly things to do in Taupo – no fumes, no noise, no pollution
  • Unique Kiwi boat cruise at budget prices
  • B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own) food & beverage
  • NZ’s only floating cinema – BIG SCREEN on board entertainment
  • Fun in any season (warm ponchos available)

You can even make Barbary or our sister boat Ranui your own for the entire day or evening. Check out our unique options for classic boat hire Taupo.

Click the “BOOK NOW” button below to view Barbary’s current availability for daily 10.30am & 2.00pm 2.5 hour sailings to the Maori Rock Carvings. You can choose to book online and receive immediate confirmation of your reservation, or Sail Barbary can also accept credit card payments over the telephone.


Our Reviews

Our Awards

Peoples Choice Award

December 2015

"We are so happy to have been awarded the 'Peoples Choice' Award for 'Activity of the Year' from New Zealand's premier tourism company - THL."
Jamie, Sarah and the Sail Barbary Team

Eco Sailing

New Zealand's only commercially operated electric yacht

Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

Discounts and Added Value Offers

Adult NZD$40 (usually NZD$44), Child NZD$25
Your 2.5 hour cruise includes a FREE non-alcoholic beverage, and you can even BYO (Bring Your Own) prepared snacks, pinic & beverages (R18 for beer/wine).
Click the BOOK NOW button to view Barbary's current 10.30am & 2.00pm availability.

"Quiet, comfortable, entertaining and educating, and overall very relaxing. Leave the daily hassel behind and decelerate abourt this beautiful boat with it's friendly crew"
- LegolasOnTravel from Germany