Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    10:30am 2:00pm 5:00pm 7:30pm Evening cruises are summer only  Please note, you will need to be present 15 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Departure Details :
    Sail Barbary eco-sailing Taupo, Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Nukuhau, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


One of Lake Taupos best sailing experiences to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings since 1983! This all-year-round activity offers relaxation, fun and adventure on the water, the Kiwi way. Get right up close to this 22 foot (10m) high rock art on an eco-friendly sailing yacht on Great Lake Taupo.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Know More about this tour

Taupo's Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. We have been offering sailing cruises to these carvings for over 30 years.

Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. Youre guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of lifes postcard moments. You can even bring your own food and beverages. Things really couldnt get more Kiwi.

The boat is equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, our eco-friendly electric engine will kick in. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied.


Local guide

GST (Goods and Services Tax) included

All cruises include a complimentary beverage and a Sail Barbary postcard

Evening cruises (summer only) include a glass of wine/beer/soft drink & buffet style pizza selection on board (Nov-Mar only)


Additional food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

What to Bring: Dress casual, comfortable and warm (layered clothes work best), windproof/showerproof jacket, swimwear and towel (during summer), sunglasses, hat and dont forget your camera!

Please note: You are welcome to bring your own prepared food and beverages

Minimum drinking age is 18 years

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund.

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 31-Jan-2020

    I enjoyed the ride-varied from windy and cold to calm and relaxing. Info on the area and carvings was very interesting.

  • 25-Mar-2018

    great trip, far better than taking the power boat trip.

  • 18-Mar-2018

    So beautiful and a fantastic way to see the lake over the afternoon.

  • 18-Mar-2018

    Great sailing trip with a good atmosphere. Would recommend.

  • 20-Feb-2018

    Super awesome sailing trip ! Went with an male tour guide, cant really recall his name but he was definitely a fun captain and very knowledgeable person. If you're in taupo, don't miss this event !

  • 15-Jan-2018

    Excellent night on the water, beautiful scenery Sarah had a great knowledge of the area and local traditions. Will definitely recommend to others

  • 23-Nov-2017

    Amazing tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. The boat itself was beautiful as is Lake Taupo! Would highly recommend.

  • 24-Jul-2017

    Well worth making this trip, a very good day out. The lake was spectacular and we got very close to the carvings. The Barbary and her skipper made it a very informative cruise, well worth the money.
    Good value.

  • 16-Mar-2017

    Our sailor Sarah was super entertaining and highly knowledgable! The carvings were made in the 1970s, but that doesn't make them any less impressive. It's a beautiful ride to the carvings and Sarah made everything super fun.

  • 28-Feb-2017

    Apesar de o dia estar um pouco chuvoso e nublado, a experiência foi ótima! A pessoa que estava guiando o barco proporcionou farta explicação sobre a formação do Lago Taupo, bem como deu informações sobre a cidade, de forma bastante simpática, alegre e acolhedora. A escultura feita na pedra é imensa e muito bonita! Recomendo!

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