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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 Carvings
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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.
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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
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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 (96)
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Awesome experience

This is a great way to see the Maori rock carvings in a relaxed environment with a much less touristy vibe. Comfy bean bags with pizza and beer/wine and sort drinks are all available on board. Highly recommended would do again !

Thank Max L
Sail Lake T, Owner at Sail Fearless, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Glad you enjoyed our sailing tour. The beanbags have always been a nice touch to our yacht. Thanks again David

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Fantastic sail, great captain!

Smooth sailing, pizza and beer.. all whilst looking at the Maori rock carvings. What's not to like! Highly recommend, was a fantastic afternoon trip. Our host really made the trip. Thanks!

Thank Teej28
Sail Lake T, Owner at Sail Fearless, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Nothing beats a perfect day on the like. Thank you for your review. Cheers fearless

Reviewed 5 days ago
Great sailing and interesting carvings

Did the early morning sail which was a great option for our budget. David was a very accommodating and informative skipper and even let my husband steer the boat for a while which was a highlight for him as he hadn't sailed for many years....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jkl63
Reviewed 1 week ago
Absolutely Amazing Trip

Absolutely Amazing couple of hours on the lake, David was a great skipper and very informative on the carvings, there were kids on our sailing and he was great entertaining them with a turn at the wheel and pirate costumes for them to dress up...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Trevor P
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful day out on Lake Taupo

Fabulous day out - highly recommended! David was a great skipper and very knowledgeable re the natural and cultural history of Lake Taupo.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jen_needsaholiday
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