Half-Day Kayak To The Maori Rock Carvings In Lake Taupo

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Times (can be flexible with times for group bookings): Summer (1 Oct .- 31 Mar.) : 8:30am and 1:30pm Winter (1 Apr. - 30 Sep.) : 10:am and 1:30pm Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begin.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Taupo Kayaking Adventures
  • Return Details :
    Returns to the original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Explore Lake Taupo as you kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. You will start your half day tour from thesheltered waters of Acacia Bay before paddling out on the lake below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbor a kayak.

The experienced guide will explain the carving's cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them.On the way back stop for gourmet refreshments and can take the opportunity to swim in the clear waters of the beautiful lake. If the breeze comes up, you canraft your kayaks together and sail back bliss!

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Departure time is at 8:30am and 1:30pm in summer and 10:00am and 1:30pm in winter from our base in Acacia Bay. Allow approx 4 hours per trip (3 hours on the water).

Highlights

All necessary equipment included

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Snacks and Beverages included

Know More about this tour

Your kayak tour will start with a safety briefing at Taupo Kayaking Adventures base in Acacia Bay. Push off from thesheltered waters of Acacia Bay before paddling out on the lake below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbour a kayak. Take in the amazing views of the lake and the Tongariro mountains beyond. The landscape is very scenic, especially when the mountains are covered in snow in the winter.

After about an hour you will reach the Maori Rock Carvings. You can kayak right up to the cliff face but we do request that you respect its cultural significance by not touching the carvings. Your experienced guide will explain the carving's cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them.

On the way back, you willstop for gourmet refreshments where you can take the opportunity to swim in the clear waters of the beautiful lake. If the breeze comes up, you canraft your kayaks together and sail back bliss!

The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo have been hailed as one of New Zealands most extraordinary artworks. Towering 14-metres above the deep water of Lake Taupo, the carvings have become one of the North Island of New Zealand's biggest tourist attractions and one of the must do activities when in Taupo. The carvings can only be reached by water so this kayak trip is one of the best options to see it.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Departure time is at 8:30am and 1:30pm in summer and 10:00am and 1:30pm in winter from our base in Acacia Bay. Allow approx 4 hours per trip (3 hours on the water).

Inclusions

Full instructions and commentary

Professional and experienced guide

Top-quality kayaking equipment

Safety gear

Gourmet refreshments

Snacks

Bottled water

Coffee and/or Tea

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off. On request only. Please call or email to arrange.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 08-Jan-2020

    It was a great way to explore Lake Taupo by kayaking and we could reach out to the Maori Rock Carving. We could come close and took picture. The kayaks were in very good condition. They had steer controlled by foot, and even a small motor that helped us to catch up with the team and saved our energy in return way! It was a small group tour with 8 persons in 4 kayaks. A good size of grouping. It was fun.

  • 10-Dec-2017

    Best kayaking tour i've ever been to. Lake Taupo by itself was magnificent and the rock carvings were really worth taking a look. The guide was very knowledgable and shared many local maori tales with us. The pace was just right, and the rest stop after reaching the rock carvings was very welcomed as it gave us more energy to continue on our return trip.