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Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo provided by Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo

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Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Swimming is encouraged during this ecologically sustainable sailing trip on Lake Taupo. The Maori Rock Carvings are your destination while you relax aboard a noiseless and emissions-free electric yacht. You’ll learn about the impressive rock art on the cliffs of Mine Bay from live commentary on this Qualmark Gold–rated tour.
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Sail Barbary eco-sailing Taupo
Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New ZealandWe are located in front of Stir Cafe - a little grey caravan converted into a cafe. Look for a blue flag with Barbary written on it in yellow. Berth 9 and 10.
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    Maori Rock Carvings
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Explore Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise on New Zealand's only electric yacht. Enjoy stunning vistas as you set sail to explore the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay, Te Moaenga Bay, Whakamoenga Bay and Acacia Bay. Stopping to listen to Maori myths and legends with refreshments included. Book with Sail Barbary today and enjoy one of New Zealand’s must-do experiences.
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Sail Barbary eco-sailing Taupo
Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New ZealandWe are located in front of Stir Cafe - a little grey caravan converted into a cafe. Look for a blue flag with Barbary written on it in yellow. Berth 9 and 10.
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Highlights
  • Lake Taupo sailing tour to Maori Rock Carvings
  • Yacht is emissions-free, making it an ecological choice
  • Year-round activity offers relaxation and adventure
  • Refreshments, live commentary, and swimming included
Important Information
Departure Point
Sail Barbary eco-sailing Taupo, Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide providing commentary on the Lake, the carvings and the volcanics.
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax) included
  • All cruises include a complimentary beverage and a Sail Barbary postcard
  • Evening cruises include a glass of wine/beer/soft drink & pizza snack (Nov-Mar only)
  • Swimming is encouraged
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Maori Rock Carvings
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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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 don’t forget your camera!
  • Please note: You are welcome to bring your own prepared food and beverages. NZ law requires adults to be R18 and over to drink alcohol.
  • 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 boat, date or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mama E wrote a review Jul 2020
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What an Awesome experience! The weather was rough but it certainly added to my laughter and enjoyment of been drenched in lake water as we approached the turning point! I would definitely do it again under choppy conditions! 😂🙌🙌👍
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Barbary B, Manager at Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Responded 3 weeks ago
Fantastic, Team Barbary is very pleased you had an great experience despite the weather.That is sailing for you. One day can be calm cruising - another can be quick sailing.
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Daniel Vidal wrote a review Jul 2020
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It was a very nice experience, the guide was very cheerful and knowledgable about the lake Taupo and its history. I learnt more from him than from any other source in the town. The Maori carvings are quite impressive, definitely a must-do in Taupo and sail Barabry is the best
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Barbary B, Manager at Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. That is high praise for our skipper/guide. We try to share interesting information about our region but not too much so you can still enjoy the trip!
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M B wrote a review Jun 2020
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This is the perfect way to experience the lake. The boat is a good size, the sails are beautiful, and since it’s an electric motor it is so quiet and peaceful. We went on an overcast day and it was totally fine. We even saw a rainbow. The guide is local and a true expert. Plus,
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Barbary B, Owner at Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Responded 30 Jun 2020
Fantastic! It is great to know you enjoyed the quiet and peaceful electric engine and our Winter special of mulled wine. Just what you need on a cool day. Thank you for your review.
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Lilleana Rogers wrote a review Jun 2020
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Had an incredible experience with this service! It was too rainy and cold for the sail yacht, but we were fortunate to still go out (and were in fact the only ones on the lake) in a covered boat! I had the opportunity to drive the boat for a while and learn about some logistics
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Barbary B, Manager at Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Responded 21 Jun 2020
Thank you so much for your review. We have had the 'all weather' boat Kakariki for only a year and she is proving very useful for exactly this reason. It is great that you didn't miss out on seeing the Rock Carvings and other views of Lake Taupo.
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Atu Wainivetau wrote a review Jun 2020
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Ridiculously fun! The two experts on the boat who guided us were very warm, welcoming and knowledgable! The open water and Rock carvings are equally breath taking. We really just partied like a group of friends on a mission. Also, a huge congratulations to the Marine Activism
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Barbary B, Manager at Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Responded 15 Jun 2020
The Skipper says you are welcome back anytime. It must have been a fun trip! Kakariki has a great vibe. Thanks for taking the time to review.
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Chrissyk7788
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Awesome trip.
Chris & Matt were so friendly & helpful. They certainly looked after us 9 ladies & nothing was a problem! Highly re
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Companion28495842613
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Great trip, well worth it!
Both interesting and fun, it was a great trip. The skipper/owner was very knowledgeable and friendly, sailing to th
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marksJ9253EO
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Great day with a loved one
wow what an amazing 4 hours out on the lake. The rock carvings were incredible as was the opportunity to jump off
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306caryng
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Sunset catamaran cruise to Maori carvings
A truely special cruise and superb value. We did the sunset cruise with our tow adult daughters and what a truely a
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506lacey1
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A great tour
Fantastic tour provided for the family. Fun packed and good fun. Kids managed to get a swim in the lake as well.
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pclrpaul
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Very chill
What a great way to do a relaxing trip. Peter was very good in maneuvering the boat. Defo recommend. Ps: no drinks
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SKI79
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A must do! when in Taupo!
This trip is a truly magical experienc in a beautiful part of the world. Thank you for Pete for hosting us, he was
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paulaxadams
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Super relaxing & happy couple of hours!
A fabulous trip out with host & skipper Peter. Highly recommend this lovely jaunt on his beautiful boat. Peter hims
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LieneC4
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Amazing sunday
I have done this tour twice and I can say I wouldn't mind doing it again. the yacht is really nice and amazing. Fir
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RotoMudzy
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Great day
Myself and Joana thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Barbary and with Skipper Peter's commentary was the perfect cru
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marymF8087VW
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Beautiful sailing adventure
We had a cold and wet day, but loved sitting up top of the boat in the weather in the super cozy waterproof ponchos
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johndH5051XG
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Great afternoon sail
Went out on this on a great afternoon. Fantastic run out to the point and then onto the Maori carving The skipper
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20lauren17
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Amazing!
We did the 10:30am sailing and I can honestly say it’s the best value for money tour we’ve done in the year and a h
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Julie M
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Fantastic afternoon sailing to the Maori Rock carvings.
Beautiful boat. Lots of information and history. Had a fabulous afternoon. Pleased we had chosen such an ecologic
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JenFromTheIce
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Lovely trip to fascinating place on heritage sailboat
We loved the ride. Great tour guide and stunning place. The carving is outstanding. Amazing to learn that we were o
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
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