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Quietly incredible

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for a unique and authentic experience

True Kiwi experience
Taupō's hidden wonders
Local history and culture
Sustainable & eco-friendly

Daily Sail to the Māori Rock Carvings

Cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Taupō on NZ's only commercial electric yacht or our all weather catamaran and discover its natural wonders and hidden mysteries. Since 1982

Sails Daily - great value 2.5 hour Scenic Cruise & Māori Rock Carvings

Day Cruise 10:30am, 2:00pm and 5.00pm

Cruise includes a complimentary or hot chocolate, mulled wine, tea, or coffee. Licensed & BYO.

Cheeky mid-weeky special: 20% off - use Promo code: ECO20

Evening Cruise 7.30pm (summer)

Cruise includes complimentary snacks, wine, beer or cider or hot cocoa, tea, or coffee. Licensed & BYO.

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Charters on Taupo's premier yacht or catamaran

Barbary II - a classic Kauri ketch

Explore Lake Taupō aboard the quietly incredible electric eco-yacht. Make the most of your next event or special occasion with a unique sailing experience. From daily cruises, corporate events to private parties, a scenic cruise is an authentic experience that is sure to be remembered.

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Kakariki.  12 metre Pacific Catamaran

Enjoy a magnificent cruise tailored to your every need including trout fishing, clay bird shooting, barbeque, stand-up paddle board, swimming and even a biscuit towed behind the boat. BYO or licenced. Always fun! A roomy catamaran catering to 24 passengers.

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Sail Lake Taupō - Quietly Incredible

Enjoy the peace of our quiet, zero-emissions 100% sustainable electric yachts. No fumes and no noise.
Enjoy the Māori rock carvings at Mine Bay and listen to old legends and engaging stories.
Sit back and relax or get involved and learn to sail.

Discover our Lake Taupō, don’t miss this must-do experience.

What you’ll experience:

  • Unique and authentic sailing experience
  • Learn 'our story'. A journey to sustainability from 2010.
  • Spectacular adventure - Explore the hidden bays of Lake Taupō
  • Learn to sail or just sit back and soak up the views
  • Sustainable Sailing on our Eco-friendly yacht, no fumes, no noise, no pollution
  • Highest rated activity on TripAdvisor with the Travellers choice ward
  • Māori culture at the Mine Bay rock carvings and discover their amazing story
  • Sailing with wind or silent motoring with our eco-friendly electric engines
  • Explore the culture, history, and sustainability of the region
  • Enjoy a complimentary bevvy or BYO drinks and nibbles
  • Your safety comes first

No wind? No problem.

Our electric-powered yacht can do it all. When the wind is up it’s smooth sailing… you can help hoist the sails or take the wheel. If it’s calm, our quiet eco-friendly engines make sure you continue your journey.
No noise, no fumes, no fuss.

Taupō’s must-do

Experience Lake Taupō from a unique perspective. Take a leisurely sail and enjoy the sights and peaceful sounds of the lake as you cruise along, without the distraction of traditional engines. Set sail and enjoy one of Lake Taupō’s premier experiences.

Inspiring Māori Culture

Journey to Mine Bay and gaze, awestruck, as Māori legends are brought to life. Discover the masterful artistry of Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, creations years in the making, and marvel as they reach out to touch the sky, full of history and significance.

Trip Advisor Reviews: Travellers Choice award 2019

"Great afternoon on the lake"

September 2020

"Being kiwis, it was quite a treat doing something of a touristy nature...so peaceful and relaxing spending the arvo on the water. And our guide was funny and a good storyteller, without overdoing it. Altogether the highlight of our girls weekend!"

August 2020

"5 Star Experience! The environment friendly electric sailboat is the reason I chose to book with Sail Barbary to see the Maori carvings. My cruise was on a beautiful calm sunny day with Captain Peter & just one other family due to Covid-19 reducing tourism in August 2020. Highly recommend."

August 2020

"Kia Ora, we loved our time! Even though a little rain happened, it was still great and we would do it again. The driver/guide was great too. 5 starts 10/10"

August 2020

"Wonderful experience with fantastic informed hosts. So glad we booked with Sail Barbary because the crew were well informed and the journey great."

August 2020

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Clean, Pristine, and Green

Our yachts let you immerse yourself in the experience without the distracting rumble of a motor or the smell of noxious fumes. Skim the surface under the sustainable power of the wind, or the gentle thrust of our eco-friendly electric engines.

Who said volcano?

Explore the sparkling waters of the Taupō caldera, created by the huge Oranui eruption almost 27,000 years ago.

Now dormant and slumbering peacefully, the caldera cradles the tranquil waters of the largest lake in New Zealand. This is Taupō Moana, our great ‘inland sea’.

Come explore her shores and uncover the mysteries of her volcanic past.

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