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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour

  • 2.5-hour Lake Taupo Māori Rock Carvings sailing trip
  • Set sail across the great Lake Taupo to Mine Bay
  • Sit back and relax or assist the crew with the sailing of the boat, 'Fearless'
Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour
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9.30am Maori Rock CarvingsMost Popular
Early Bird Special Come on board Fearless for simply the best sailing experience on Great Lake Taupō. This is the more intimate cruise option to the famous Maori Rock carvings.
12.30pm Maori Rock Carvings
Sun. Fun. wind. The Fearless way! for simply the best part of the day sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings *Now with FREE pizza and up to 2 glasses of beer, wine or non alcoholic drinks
3.30pm Maori Rock Carvings
Taste of Taupo Sailing Cruise simply the best sailing experience on Great Lake Taupō to the famous Maori Rock carvings. * with FREE pizza and up to 2 glasses of beer, wine or non alcoholic drinks.
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Sail Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, and get up close to the Māori Rock Carvings on this 2.5-hour sailing tour. Aboard Fearless, a sleek ketch boat, you’ll set sail on the impossibly blue Lake Taupo at the heart of the North Island. Choose to rig and hoist the mainsail with the crew, or sit back and let the views wash over you as you sail to the secluded spot where Māori figures have been etched into the rock face. This sailing trip is limited to just 14 people, ensuring a more intimate experience.

What to Expect

Choose the sailing time that’s most convenient for you, and then make your way to Taupo Marina where your ketch Fearless, a 48-ft (14.6-meter), two-mast sailing boat, is waiting for you.

On board, take a seat and soak up the views, or choose to join in with rigging and hoisting the mainsail. Note: in completely still waters, a motor is used to operate the boat.

Listen to commentary from the crew as you take the scenic route — past the bays of Te Kopua and Acacia — to the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay (or Okuta Bay). The carvings are only accessible by water and, on this tour, you’ll get right up close to the rock face and have ample time to take in the intricacy of the large Māori figures.

In the warmer months, bring your 'togs' (swimwear) and towel for swimming, or perhaps choose a cruise with music, wine and pizza (if upgrade selected) for the perfect summer evening on the water. You are also able to bring your own food and drink with you, should you wish.

After about 2.5 hours, return to the marina where you tour concludes.

Reviews (76)
1 - 5 of 67 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was awesome! I think the description explains it very good but let me tell you about our experience: We had not enough wind for sailing so the boat was moved by a motor. The sun was up and we were a nice group of...More

Thank Damaris_94
Reviewed 4 days ago
Lovely Morning on the Lake

It was really nice to be sitting on the boat and sailing on the lake. The breeze was a bit chilly and so we were given rugs to wrap up in. The Maori Rock Carvings were interesting as was the history given. All in all...More

Thank Jessebel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Oh What A Glorious Morning 🌊

What a perfect way to start the day than a sail around the lake. Incredible view of the mountains and lake. Nice to sit back and relax and watch the water 🌊 Beautiful boat, slick white shape and simple red sails. Was super super comfy,...More

Thank Elle A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sail Fearless Experience

Captain Dave is an asset to the Taupo tourism scene. His affordable pricing, knowledge, friendly and fun demeanour and wealth of knowledge was above and beyond. We enjoyed the early morning cruise so much the first time that we did it again the next morning....More

Thank Kyle O
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile
Brilliant afternoon

This was one of the best things we did whilst on honeymoon in New Zealand. The skipper was knowledgeable, laid back and generous. We saw the Maori rock carving and had a swim in the lake. We had pizza & drinks. It was a brilliant...More

Thank CristalDennis
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