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Heritage worth rescuing

Join us and sail back in time as we resurrect the long history and rich heritage of one of our most beloved maritime treasures.

Born on the sunny shores of California in 1926, the Barbary has sailed around the world, returning to New Zealand, the home of her kauri-built heart, in 1947. She has seen plenty of action… from swashbuckling adventure with previous owner Errol Flynn to sailing with the Rainbow Warrior in the Greenpeace fleet to voyaging to the Muroroa Atoll to protest nuclear testing in 1973. She’s had her share of peace and beauty too, sailing right here on our very own Lake Taupō. The Barbary has seen and done it all.

We are committed to restoring the Barbary to her days of glory and to recapturing the hundred years of history and tradition that have suffused her decks. Every bit of her elegant frame has a tale to tell… from mast to keel, from bow to stern.

Follow us as her journey continues and we craft future adventures together.



Daily Sail to the Māori Rock Carvings

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Don't miss this unique and authentic experience.

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 and 2:00pm

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



Evening Cruise 5.00pm Spring and 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 a unique and 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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