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

Meet Our Crew

Pure Kiwi expertise – Pure Kiwi experience

Our crew of accomplished captains, storytellers, and guides all come from right here in New Zealand. Real homegrown Kiwis with a real passion for sharing our culture, history, and enthusiasm for Lake Taupō with our guests… creating truly authentic Kiwi moments and experiences.

As Kiwis, we are very proud of our heritage and act to make sure that the culture and land are preserved so that every visitor gets to see the very best that New Zealand has to offer. We are kaitiaki, guardians of this very special place that we call home.

We combine this Kiwi passion and sustainable ethos with extensive sailing experience and our love for the craft to provide truly unique moments for our guests.


Pete started his apprenticeship on the water at Lake Taupo in 1968. Enjoying and becoming very proficient in water skiing, windsurfing, rowing and all forms of trout fishing. He can talk fishing all day!

This long association on the water provides knowledge of the various conditions on the large expanse of water (616kms) at Lake Taupo and provides Peter with the ideal background for optimizing your sailing experience and making it safe.

Being a fully qualified skipper has enhanced his enjoyment – "we now take out customers and friends on the water."

Pete has a long and varied business background in marketing and property including owning, operating and developing further the Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge for nearly 10 years.

Sail Barbary is a passion that grows with every month.


Sailing all his adult life, with many years spent cruising and competitively racing in the Hauraki Golf, Kerry has found his calling working on Lake Taupo. A born and bred kiwi, Kerry spent many years sailing around the world – adventure racing to Fiji, captaining private yachts in the Mediterranean Sea for 5 years, before taking that vessel across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Bahamas, then touring the eastern seaboard of the United States, as well as 3 years of captaining an expedition vessel that extensively cruised New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and the eastern seaboard of Australia. Kerry and his wife have also both volunteered on the race committee for both Louis Vuitton cups in Auckland. Kerry is so passionate about sailing he would rather watch a yacht race than a Rugby Game!

Best sailing moments:

  • Sailing into Grand harbour in Malta for the first time
  • Admiring the wildlife on Mediterranean beaches
  • Sailing into New York Harbour and through the East River to Long Island Sound
  • Cruising Fiordland, New Zealand
  • Sailing in a hurricane on my first Atlantic crossing
  • Any day sailing on Lake Taupo

World-renowned Māori Artistry

Cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Taupō and discover its natural wonders and hidden mysteries.

Sails Daily - 2.5hr Scenic Cruise & Māori Rock Carvings

Day Cruise 10:30am & 2:00pm

Cruise includes a complimentary mulled wine, cider, or hot cocoa, tea, or coffee.

Adult: $49.00
Child: $29.00

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Exclusive Cruises & Private Charters

Looking for a memorable way to celebrate?

Explore Lake Taupō in style and make the most of your next event or special occasion with a unique sailing experience. From corporate events to parties to special occasions, a scenic cruise is an experience that is sure to impress.

No matter the occasion, celebrating surrounded by the crystal waters and stunning beauty of Lake Taupō on our eco-friendly yacht will ensure that your event stands out and will be remembered for years to come.

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