Maori Rock Carving Cruise From Taupo

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Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo. Take in the fabulous views of secluded bays and the spectacular snow capped mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Morning departure features morning tea and afternoon departures feature a fishing demonstration with the chance to participate (valid Taupo district fishing license required).


  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Free snacks included

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Your trip will take you from the Taupo Marina along the northern shores of Lake Taupo and on to Wharewaka Point (4 mile bay). From here we cross the main bay of Tapuaeharuru out to Rangatira Point and on to beautiful Mine Bay where we will see the famous Maori rock carvings. As you travel along Mine Bay you will notice a ledge 111 feet (34 m) above the water line where the lake level was thousands of years ago. The return trip back to the harbor is along the western shoreline past picturesque Acacia Bay. Morning departures feature tea or coffee and a hot muffin to warm you up and afternoon departures have a fishing demonstration. Passengers are welcome to participate in a brief bit of fishing after the demonstration, but must hold a valid Taupo fishing license (see Additional Info for more details).

The Lake is 25 miles (40 km) long, 18 miles (30 km) wide and 610 feet (186 m) at its deepest point. The surface area is 388 square miles (625 square km). Many hot water areas can be seen along the northern and southern ends of the lake and a natural hot water beach runs along the lake front of the Taupo Township. These springs occur naturally as a result of the volcanic fault line which forms part of the Pacific Volcanic fault. Vertical features in the rock formations caused by heat dissipation can be clearly seen in Kaiapo bay. The heat fractures pushed around to form a fan in the volcanic core in Whakaipo bay which is exposed due to the drop in the eastern side of the Crater Lake. The Maori rock carvings were commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth Arts Council in 1980 and were created by members of the local Tuwharetoa tribe to represent many of their legends. The carvings feature mostly Taniwha the protectors of the Lake whose power extends to include the island of Motutaiko where many tribal chiefs are buried. From here, we return back to the Lake Taupo Boat Harbor.

Inclusions for Maori Rock Carving Cruise From Taupo

  • Morning tea
  • Live commentary on board
  • Sightseeing cruise

Exclusions for Maori Rock Carving Cruise From Taupo

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Taupo district fishing license (see Additional Info)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Wheelchair accessible

A Taupo district fishing license is required to fish in Lake Taupo. 24-hour non-resident licenses may be purchased online through the New Zealand Department of Conservation or in person at various locations.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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10 Traveler Reviews

  • It was great to see the carvings and Lake Taupo. Homemade muffin wish it was more than 1 was great. Too much conversation by the hostesses that made it difficult to hear the comments although the comments were difficult to hear in the speakers as well. Overall, worth it - hostesses were nice to share history about the carvings so that was a plus.

  • Great cruise, well worth the money, the sights were awesome and commentary informative.

  • An absolute excellent trip. Would recommend it to everyone visiting Taupo

  • We were originally doubtful about this tour but were pleasantly surprised with the whole event. Where else can you feed flying ducks out the window of the boat and then see such a fantastic carving? We also went fishing and caught a trout! We were provided with pieces of smoked trout as a bonus! What a great day

  • A wonderful cruise on Lake Taupo.

  • The cruise takes 90 mins but 30 mins spent moored on the lake to fish for trout....none caught. Boat large and comfortable and free tea and coffee available and warmed muffins later. The carvings were better than expected. Views of lake better on a blue sky day.

  • Puntual, agradable, cómoda embarcación, tripulación muy atenta, muy fácil llegar al muelle de salida sea que uno vaya a Taupo en bus o auto y los paisajes maravillosos.

  • It was a very educational trip.

  • Awesome experience for my staff from Whangamarino School in Rotorua. Thank you.

  • it was a good trip.

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