Things to Do in Taupo: Cruises & Boat Hire

You haven’t seen Taupo until you’ve seen it from the water!

Looking for things to do in Taupo? Sail Barbary’s Lake Taupo cruise offers make for great family, staff and mates’ days out – no experience necessary. Experience a 2.5 hour Taupo boat cruise you won’t forget. Marvel at the Māori Rock Carvings and scenery from our restored eco-friendly yachts.

Lounge on the spacious decks, sailing across Lake Taupo and learning about the region’s history! The Sail Barbary crew have outfitted NZ’s only commercially operated electric yachts with comfortable seating and warm ponchos for those stormy, adventurous days on the water. You can even bring your own picnic, snacks and beverages on our unique Lake Taupo cruises.

Why not give your friendly Captain a hand? On Sail Barbary’s Kiwi boat cruises you can help hoist the sails and take a turn at the wheel. If conditions allow, you can go for a swim near the Māori Rock Carvings or simply relax.

Sail cruises with Sail Barbary are among the top things to do in Taupo for all ages, without noise or pollution. From families and locals to backpackers – with comfy seating, music surround sound entertainment system, movie screen, bathroom facilities, galley and BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverage option you’re bound to experience the trip of a lifetime.

Locally owned and operated for over 30 years, we have a range of authentic Kiwi sail cruise options, ranging from Māori Rock Carving cruises and movie cruises to yacht charter and party on the lake options. Spots are snapped up fast, so choose your Lake Taupo cruise below and book now!

Eco Sailing

New Zealand's only two commercially operated electric yachts

Eco Sailing

Summer Cruise Specials

10.30am and 2.00pm day time cruises include:

A complimentary non-alcoholic drink

A Sail Barbary Postcard

Evening Cruise Specials

5.00pm and 7.30pm Summer Only cruises include:

Buffet-style selection of pizza

A glass of wine/beer/soft drink

A Sail Barbary Postcard

(valid Nov – Mar only)


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Private Charters

Organise your Christmas Function, End of year Work Do or Hens Party now!

BYO food and beverage or catering options available.

Tailor your charter to suit your needs

Create the perfect mix of fun, relaxation

and adventure

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