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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo

Highlights
  • Paddle to a rock wall with Maori carvings and learn about its significance
  • See volcanoes, lake scenery, and a variety of bird life
  • Have the option to swim, and choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo
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9:30am DepartureMost Popular
Glide across the beautiful lake Taupo on a four hour guided kayak tour to view the stunning 15m high Maori Carvings which are only accessed by boat!
US$66.70
Winter 9am Departure
Glide across the beautiful lake Taupo on a four hour guided kayak tour to view the stunning 15m high Maori Carvings which are only accessed by boat!
US$66.70
2:30pm Departure
Glide across the beautiful lake Taupo on a four hour guided kayak tour to view the stunning 15m high Maori Carvings which are only accessed by boat!
US$66.70
Overview

Glide your kayak over Lake Taupo's crystal clear waters as you paddle to the awe-inspiring Maori Rock Carvings on this 4-hour guided tour. 
Soak in the view across the Lake to 3 live volcano's while you hear the history of the carvings, various Maori legends and facts of the local area from your guide before enjoying rock jumps and a swim in Australasia's largest freshwater Lake. A must-do while in Taupo!

What to Expect

This 4-hour small group guided tour with return transport from central Taupo will allow for approximately 3-hours kayaking on Lake Taupo.

Your tour begins from the store in Central Taupo where you can leave your valuables in a secure locked area. You will then travel via the company shuttle to Jerusalem Bay where your gear will be unloaded. You will go through the safety aspects of your kayaking journey with all you need to know about kayaking before putting on your spray decks, life jackets and launching your kayaks.

Paddle along the coastline which will enable you to have a look at the bird life along the way. Travel past the famous cliff drop whilst taking in the amazing scenery including looking back over the Taupo Town Centre and beyond to the majestic volcanoes of the central plateau. Your guide will give you handy kayaking tips on the way and tell you some of the history of the area.

Once at the Maori Carvings you will get close enough to take photos and to marvel at the great skill of the master carvers. Here your guide will inform you on what the different parts of the carvings mean and the history of the people depicted.

On the return journey you will paddle back along the coastline to a picnic spot, where you can enjoy a hot drink and some cookies, stretch your legs and have swim for those willing.

Once back at the Jerusalem Bay, load up the kayaks on the trailer and head back to the store where you can use the toilet facilities and changing rooms. Your guide will upload all photos they have taken and then send you the link so you can enjoy all of your amazing memories from Great Lake Taupo.
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Reviewed 17 May 2018
Great kayak experience

My friend and I joined the half day kayak trip to Maori rock in the morning of the day I left Taupo. We spent 5 days in Taupo and really love this small town and the lake. Kayaking in such a big lake is harder...More

Thank Sheva X
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile
Spectacular

The canoe trip gives you an opportunity to view some of the most amazing views, the water is so clear. You are able to paddle at your own pace, the canoeing isn't taxing. Our guide Cam ensured the event was safe and enjoyable

1  Thank Kim H
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile
Beautiful!

Had an amazing morning on the lake kayaking to the moari carvings. Our guide Cam, was great and could tell us loads about the local area whilst making sure we were all having a great time. On the way back from the carvings we had...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile
Awesome tour

Austin was our tour guide. He did great and was very engaging to our group. We lucked out with perfect weather too.

Thank Brandon F
Reviewed 20 March 2018
Awesome kayak tour to Maori Carvings

We loved this tour! Our guide, Austin was awesome and was a great balance of safe, professional,and fun! He had plenty of stories and fun facts for our paddle out and back. It was about an hour there and an hour back with a short...More

Thank Laura L
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