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Water Activity Taupo: Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings

Discover the Maori Rock Carvings on a Taupo cruise from our classic, eco-friendly yachts.

Looking for the ultimate water activity? Taupo’s Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. Sail Barbary has been offering Taupo cruises to these carvings since 1983.

We invite you to make yourself at home on our lovingly restored classic white sailing yachts, which set the scene for a wonderful experience on stunning Taupo Moana (Lake Taupo).

Sit back and relax, as your fun and experienced guides explain the 800 year old cultural significance of the 14-metre high Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments. You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages on our Taupo cruise. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi!

If you’re looking for a little Taupo water activity action, you can help hoist the sails or take a turn at the wheel. We’re equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, Barbary‘s eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving you noiselessly through the water. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied.

Sail Barbary’s 2.5 hour Taupo cruises to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings depart daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm & *5.00pm (*5.00pm Summer Only).

 

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Cruise Details

  • 10.30am and 2.00pm Sailings: Your 2.5 hour Maori Rock Carving Cruise includes: a non-alcoholic beverage + a Sail Barbary postcard.
  • 5.00pm Summer Only Sailing: Your 2.5 hour Maori Rock Carving Cruise includes: buffet-style pizza selection + a glass of wine/beer or soft drink + a Sail Barbary postcard.
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Rates

2.5 hour Maori Rock Carving Cruise RRP

  • 10.30am and 2.00pm Sailings RRP Adult $44.00, Child $25.00
  • 5.00pm Summer Only Sailing RRP Adult $49.00, Child $29.00

More information:

  • Trip duration: 2.5 hours
  • Child rate applies to 0-15 years
  • Scheduled sailing trips require a ratio of 1 adult per 2 children.
  • You are welcome to BYO (Bring Your Own) prepared food and beverages (R18 for alcohol)
  • We recommend booking your prefered trip in advance, as trips do often sell out, even in winter.
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New Zealand's only two commercially operated electric yachts

Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

SUMMER SPECIALS!

10.30am/2.00pm Sail Barbary Cruise
ADULT NZD$44, CHILD NZD$25
Your 2.5 hour Cruise includes: a non-alcoholic beverage and a Sail Barbary Postcard

5.00pm Sail Barbary Cruise (Summer Only)
ADULT NZD$49, CHILD NZD$29
Your 2.5 hour Cruise includes: Buffet style selection of pizza, a glass of wine/beer or soft drink and a Sail Barbary Postcard

Plus, you can BYO (Bring Your Own) for Food and Beverages.

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