Sail Cruise: Taupo Water Activities

Sail Lake Taupo aboard 1920s yacht Barbary, NZ’s only commercially operated electric yacht and boutique boat cinema!

Looking for top activities in Taupo? How about joining the locals on an eco-friendly boutique
sail cruise across the lake? A Taupo sailing trip on board the beautifully restored 1920s yacht Barbary is nothing like your run-of-the-mill scenic cruise and our eco-friendly boat offers year-round Taupo water activities the Kiwi way.



    • A top rated Taupo Activity on TripAdvisor
    • Unique Kiwi cruise at budget prices!
    • Sail a true classic yacht
    • Perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure
    • BYO for food and beverages
    • Quietest boat on Lake Taupo
    • New Zealand’s only boat cinema
    • Best fun you can have on a wet & wild day
    • Scheduled cruises include a Free beverage & ‘Kiwi’ treat

You can even make Barbary or sister boat Ranui your own for a day/night. Our classic yacht charters are a favourite amongst locals for stag/hen parties, corporate entertainment, Christmas functions, wedding cruises, team building trips and family outings.


To give you an idea of what you can expect from your Taupo cruise and sailing adventure, have a look around the Barbary website. You’ll find the latest specials, YouTube sail cruise videos, photos and info on our Taupo water activities. Have a look through passenger reviews on Tripadvisor, decide which sail cruise option you like best and secure your spot for the next Taupo sailing.



Barbary is a beautifully restored 1926 Colin Archer ketch, allegedly once owned by the legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn. She is the only electric yacht to work commercially in New Zealand and a great eco-friendly water activity! Influenced by her history, she has been fitted out with a big screen, making her NZ’s first and only boat cinema.

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Barbary’s 2.5-hour Maori Rock Carving Cruise departs daily at 10.30am, 2pm and *5pm (*5pm cruise available during summer only).  Barbary is available for Private Charter all-year-round. Download our Private Charter flyer. Please phone 07 378 5879  or email for more information.

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Book your Taupo cruise in one simple step via our online booking form. With prices as low as Adult $44 and Child $25, spots are snapped up fast, so be in quick! You can even get gift vouchers to surprise someone special. For more info, head to our contact page to forward your enquiry and we’ll get back to you.


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