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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!
From US$69.47
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!
From US$69.47
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!
From US$69.47
Overview
Take in the scenery of Lake Taupo during this half-day kayaking tour from Taupo. After a brief paddling lesson, set out in your kayak from Jerusalem Bay. Follow your guide along the shoreline of New Zealand’s largest lake to rock cliffs where you can see Maori carvings. Stop at a scenic spot for snacks and an optional swim on a tour that is suitable for all levels of experience.
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.
Reviews (41)
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Fun despite the rain!

We picked a day with possible rains so we weren't even sure we would be able to do the tour. We were told we might be able to kayak but that we might not make it to the carvings. This put us off greatly because...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Melissa A
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Melissa, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour to the Maori Rock Carvings despite the weather! We always love an adventure and will always do our best to get our clients to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Not recommended if you’ve never done kayaking before

The first thing I told the staff and our tour guide was I’ve never done kayaking before and I’m not a strong swimmer. I was assured that I will be fine the guide will teach us. My partner is a strong swimmer but it was...More

Thank bonnyw1109
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great experience

We had a great experience with this tour despite the not so great weather. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable (he was Irish and I can't now remember his name!) and we felt like we were in capable hands. Despite a bit of rain...More

Thank Rebecca J
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Rebecca, Thanks for such a wonderful review! We love making the most out every trip, even when mother nature has different ideas - its all part of the fun and experience! I will pass your kind words onto your guide, Graham - we think...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Everything was amazing

It was a great tour, the guide was awesome and everyone at the shop was also very welcoming (don't forget to give a pat to Charlie the doggo). The tour is conducted in small group which is great. Right after seeing the carving, a small...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jumongledalek
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi, what an awesome review! Thanks so much. We always love hearing how much our clients love Lake Taupo and the Maori Carvings as much as we do! Charlie definitely loves each and every customer that comes into our shop. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile
Highly recommended!!!

The tour was great! We had Cam as the tour guide. He was very professional, friendly and welcoming. We had never kayaked before and he taught us how to kayak without injuring ourselves and made us feel very safe on the waters. Would highly recommend...More

Thank chocolatecake88
CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for an awesome review! We really appreciate the kind words. Hope to see you again, from all the team at Canoe and Kayak Taupo

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