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  • Languages Offered: English

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.

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Maori Rock Carvings
Great Lake Taupo
Sail Fearless

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.

  • 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'
  • Get an up-close look at the carvings and learn about its creation from the onboard commentary
  • Swim in the warmer months or enjoy a summer evening cruise with wine, music and pizza (if upgrade selected)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Maori Rock Carving Sunset Tour

Great tour to the Maori Carvings. Captain Dave was great. Super drink service and delicious pizza:) Dave told us a lot of inside information We had a lot of fun despite some waves on the way. Back we had the best sailing conditions and a...More

Thank Joana J
Reviewed 25 April 2018

I lyke de watr and da vew. Such enjoy. Much fun. Gud rocks. Look lyk other things. 10/10 wif rice. Chur

Thank Trent F
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Make a good memory for my taupo trip.I am so lucky only 3 people on this trip, because of the non-peak season. I book for the afternoon 12:30 trip,they provide pizza and wine. You can enjoy the sunshine and chilling.

Thank Jenny Y
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile
Great afternoon on the lake!

David was an awesome captain and very friendly guide on the lake. We got wine, beer, pizza and blankets when it was cold and blowy. The lake is stunning and you get up so close to Maori Rock to see the carvings nice and clearly....More

Thank james b
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14 August 2018|
Response from CristalDennis | Reviewed this property |
There's a toilet, but no shower it's a really small vessel the tour is only a couple of hours, you won't need a shower X
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