Want to go sailing on Lake Taupo?

All you need to know about sailing Barbary on Lake Taupo.


Where do I board and depart the boat?

All Sail Barbary cruises board and depart at Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt St, Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo

How often do you sail?

Sail Barbary sails at least twice daily, all year round (except Christmas day)

Do I need sailing experience?

No. We sail with guests who have never sailed, or even never been on a boat before. We can control the experience using the sails so we will look after you well. If you prefer a real sailing adventure, then come aboard when the wind is up and enjoy sailing without salty sea spray and noisy outboard motors

What are the benefits of Barbary’s electric engine?

We’re equipped for all conditions – if the wind dies down, Sail Barbary’s quiet, eco-friendly electric engine kicks in. For times when we need to motor, Barbary produces no pollution and moves noiselessly through the water without the heat, vibration and fumes that accompany conventional powered vessels. We strive to deliver the best eco-friendly and natural Kiwi experience – one cruise at a time!

Why choose you over the other tour boats?

Sail Barbary is the perfect way to showcase this beautiful part of New Zealand all-year-round, and our TripAdvisor reviews reflect this. Our passion for our unique boats, what we do, the Great Lake we operate on and the awesome town in which we live is second to none – we want to share this passion with you!

What about the weather?

On the lake, Mother Nature ensures that every trip is different. Each season of the year brings different conditions. Sometimes the sailing is easy, sometimes it rains, sometimes there’s not enough wind for us to use the sails and we use our quiet eco-friendly electric engine. But whichever way it happens it always works out great

Will I get wet?

There’s always a possibility that a rain shower might arrive. We suggest you bring a shower-proof jacket. However, we have custom-made fleece-lined water-proof ponchos available for use on board, and there is also the option of going below decks in the cabin for a while. If heavy rain is forecast, we are unlikely to sail. We sometimes experience a shower of (fresh water) spray when we are sailing along.   It can be quite a lot of fun, but we don’t overdo this!

Do I need to be able to swim?

No, but it is good if you tell us if you can’t swim. We might ask you to wear a life vest while on deck during sailing. We have never had anyone fall over the side and we are not about to start!

What do I need to bring?

Layered clothing & appropriate, comfortable shoes, shower/wind-proof jacket, swimwear & towel (summer only), sun cream, hat, sunglasses & camera

How can I book?

Book online through our website, or you can call us on 07 378 5879

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