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Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo

  • Cruise on scenic Lake Taupo to view the Maori Rock Carvings
  • Learn about the ecology, volcanology and history of the area from your guide
  • Enjoy tea or a live fishing demonstration, depending on choice of departure time
Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo
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Morning Scenic CruiseMost Popular
1.5hr scenic cruise on Lake Taupo to the Maori Rock Carvings. Includes free tea/coffee and a hot homemade muffin. Cruise the lake in style with Lake Taupo's friendliest & most experienced operators
Afternoon Cruise
1.5hr scenic cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings including a fishing demonstration. Cruise the lake in style aboard the very modern and comfortable Cruise Cat.
Summer 5.00 pm scenic cruise
1.5 hour scenic cruise on Lake Taupo to the Maori Rock Carvings. Anti-pasto Platters available for purchase. Complimentary wine or beer.
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Cruise around the scenic bays of Lake Taupo and admire the Maori Rock Carvings during this 1.5-hour boat tour. Aboard the boat, listen to informative commentary about the ecology, volcanology and cultural history of the area. Admire the impressive views of the snowy mountain tops of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo's picturesque shores. See the Maori Rock Carvings depicting the legends of the local Tuwharetoa tribe. Choose from morning departure (includes tea) or afternoon departure (includes a fishing demonstration).
What to Expect
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.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Beautiful cruise on a smooth sheet of glass

Another bloody boat cruise, that's what my wife said. Although changed her mind after going out with Chris Jolly Outdoors. A great big catamaran, informarice and friendly crew with plenty of coffee and hot muffins. The crew were more than happy to accommodate the children...More

1  Thank Wilfixyourtravel
ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are very happy the Cruise did not disappoint! Thank-you so much for the awesome review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Family Out and About

Nice easy cruise. Some extras includes like tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as muffins. Good safe experience, great friendly crew.

Thank travel7792
ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank-you for your review, glad you enjoyed the experience.

Reviewed 3 June 2018
Excellent experience

Great time out on the lake today. Fantastic sights with the Maori rock carvings along with a hot cuppa and yummy muffin ... very nice as it was a wee bit chilly.

1  Thank _dottieproctor
ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Everyone loves the muffins with a hot cuppa, especially on a Winter's day! Glad you enjoyed the carvings and cruise - come back again and thanks for the review, we appreciate it.

Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile
Interesting cruise - recommended

A fast and comfortable boat with fresh muffins and coffee served. The tour itself is informative and the carvings are surprising in that they are so new. We rather liked this as it shows a continuing culture rather than some snapshot of the past.

1  Thank naw_7
ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Hi there, the age (or lack of it) of the carvings does surprise many guests, we are happy that you enjoyed the Cruise and took the time for this review. Many thanks!

Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile
Couldn't see the Maori Carvings.

I have been on this tour twice an thoroughly enjoyed it twice, great experience, however...3 of our international students took this tour because they wanted to see the Carvings aswell as the experience on the boat, problem is, they never got to see the Carvings...More

4  Thank TaniaAplin47
ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

I am sorry you had some disappointed students on this cruise. If you get in touch with me via our website or call, I will rectify this. Thank-you for letting me know.

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