Sail our Lake Taupō
pure beauty – pure heritage – pure fun
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 - 2.5hr Scenic Cruise & Māori Rock Carvings
Day Cruise 10:30am & 2:00pm
Cruise includes a complimentary or hot cocoa, tea, or coffee. Licensed & BYO.
Evening Cruise 5:00pm and 7.30pm (summer)
Cruise includes a complimentary pizza snacks, wine, beer or cider or hot cocoa, tea, or coffee. Licensed & BYO.
Sail Barbary Yacht
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 experience that is sure to be remembered.
Kakariki. Taupo's premier experience
Daily cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings and more. 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. Come and have some fun this summer!
Let the fresh air revive and invigorate you as the shore recedes and the crystal-clear waters slide quietly beneath you, leaving your cares in their wake.
Admire the sparkle of sunlight across the surface of Lake Taupō, the North Island’s Inland sea, as you take in the scenery from the deck of our eco-friendly yacht. Take in dramatic vistas as they spread before you, the majestic peaks guarding the Taupō caldera rising majestically in the distance.
Enjoy the peace on our quiet, zero-emissions yachts. Experience the cultural significance of the Māori rock carvings at Mine Bay, 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.
Our electric-powered yachts 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.
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.
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.
"The carvings are well worth a visit and the yacht experience was terrific. We particularly appreciated the captain's commitment to eco-tourism."
13 December 2019
"A most enjoyable trip with a good sailor/guide and quite modestly priced."
11 December 2019
"The boat is beautiful and a perfect way to see the carvings. I usually get motion sick in about 5 minutes but I was ok as the lake was still which made a pleasant experience."
3 December 2019
"This was a very good time. The Captain is very nice and friendly. Full of information about the lake and the carvings."
2 December 2019
"We had a perfect afternoon with Pete and Craig on a beautiful sunny day. Thank you for a great experience. Highly recommended."
26 November 2019
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.
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.