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The Maori Carvings Half Day Kayak provided by Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours

The Maori Carvings Half Day Kayak

The Maori Carvings Half Day Kayak
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from $115.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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. Please note minimum of two bookings required - contact us directly for single bookings. Age 12 and over
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 35393P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Light refreshments • Kayak Tour • Kayak Equipment • Photos
Exclusions
Lunch • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h
Departure details
54 Spa Road, Taupō 3330, New Zealand Please meet us at Canoe & Kayak 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.
Inclusions
Light refreshments • Kayak Tour • Kayak Equipment • Photos
Exclusions
Lunch • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
54 Spa Road, Taupō 3330, New Zealand Please meet us at Canoe & Kayak 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.
Duration
4h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Operates all year, please dress appropriately for the seasons - NO JEANS/DENIM
Minimum age is 12 years
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
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Rob Stone
New Plymouth, New Zealand1 contribution
Grunting it out, master the rudder,
Apr 2021 • Couples
The Guide Jayden was very knowledgeable and friendly bloody handy in a kayak too. Things got a little choppy heading out but we handled it well under good instruction. This trip is well worth doing, my only advice know you’re limits, the weather on the lake is changeable and you may have to grunt it out.
Written 19 April 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
Thanks for the review. Glad you felt safe and well-looked after by Jayden. With such a large lake (as big as Singapore!!!) we do sometimes get a bit choppy. We like to think our tour is set up so that anyone is able to get stuck in and enjoy their trip to the carvings - double sea kayaks for double the power, kayaks designed to be out in large waves on the ocean with rudders so that you can steer easily. Our guides are always happy to give good advice about technique to cope with slight blusters too. Hopefully it's made you enthusiastic about kayaking on the sea where you'll see a few more waves as well!
Written 11 May 2021
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JoWilliamsNZ
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Great trip
Apr 2021 • Family
It was a very good trip - knowledgeable guide, and well paced for all abilities, with the added bonus of coffee and biscuits on the shore.
Written 4 April 2021
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Hi Jo, it was great to meet you and your family on the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday weekend.
Written 6 April 2021
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cfma2000
Melbourne, Australia114 contributions
Perfect Paddling
Mar 2021
A fantastic half-day trip with Laura. One of the best pre-paddle briefings we have had. The safety equipment and Laura's skill should give even the most nervous paddler confidence to give it a go. Then on a misty cloudy day we were guided out to the Maori carvings - we loved the atmosphere created by the weather. Lots of information shared by Laura about the area and the carvings along with good French press coffee and bikkies. Highly recommend.
Written 4 March 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
Thank you so much for the lovely review. We love being able to welcome everyone to our tours, whether confident and experienced or not - it's great to share some of our favourite places on the lake with everyone. Glad you got to see the lake in a different light - it's pretty special to see on the slightly grey days with dramatic clouds and light. Thanks for coming.
Written 5 March 2021
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Andrew W
1 contribution
Great half-day activity.
Feb 2021
Viewing the carvings right up close from the kayak was a great experience, made all the better by the commentary from ou knowledgable guide.
Written 28 February 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
Thank you for the lovely review. They're so impressive when you're sitting right under them, aren't they? Glad you had a great experience and enjoyed the knowledge of our guides.
Written 1 March 2021
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Ali and Sylvester
2 contributions
Amazing experience
Feb 2021 • Couples
The best possible day spent in Taupo, amazing experience, very friendly stuff, beautiful location.
Thank you Laura for everything, that was the highlight of our holiday so far :)
Would definitely recommend and we will be coming back 🙂
Written 11 February 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
Thank you, Ali, for the lovely review. I hope that you're enjoying the rest of your North Island trip and are having lots of adventures. We would love to have you back at any time!
Written 12 February 2021
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Kristy
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
Loved this experience!
Feb 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful time on the kayak tour. The scenery was beautiful and Laura, our guide, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. Would highly recommend.
Written 8 February 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
Thank you for the review, Kristy. What a beautiful morning it was on the lake! Thank you for the kind words about our guides. It's always appreciated.
Written 9 February 2021
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Robert
1 contribution
Excellent guided kayak tour
Jan 2021 • Friends
It was too windy to do the Maori carving tour so we went to lake Hinemaiaia instead. Personally I think it was even better experience than the carvings would have been. The journey was an easy paddle up a beautiful river which ended at a gorge. Jayden, our tour guide, was super friendly and helpful.

Overall, a fantastic experience and a must do in summer.
Written 18 January 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
Thank you for the review guys! We (secretly) love it when the weather gives us an opportunity to visit the beautiful Lake Hinemaiaia and we're glad that you had the chance to see it. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!
Written 18 January 2021
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Renee
1 contribution
Touring with Laura!! Stunning views!!!
Jan 2021
An amazing experience with great tour guide! Laura. She was very knowledgeable, we felt very safe! This tour was the best way to see our beautiful backyard Lake Taupo with its Stunning views!! we had such beautiful weather i highly recommend seeing carvings up close by kayak!! will definitely come back again next time. Thank you so much Laura for a memorable tour a tour both me and my partner will never forget!!
Written 15 January 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
It was great to have the opportunity to show you the view from the other side of the lake. It's awesome when we get to explore our backyard and realise it's every bit as beautiful as some of the more exotic places that we can't see this year. Hope you and your family have an amazing summer.
Written 16 January 2021
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Weican
1 contribution
wonderful day and nice vacation!
Jan 2021
It is really excellent experience with great coach Laura. We have beautiful weather to the kayaking in Taupo, definitly will come back again next time. Laura is really nice coach to teaching us and really enjoy with taupo lake view in the afternoon.
Written 12 January 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
Thank you, Weican. It was great to have you along with us on such a beautiful afternoon on the lake. I'm glad you had fun. You guys were looking so synchronised by the end of the trip - you'll be pro kayakers soon!
Written 14 January 2021
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Eric A
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Touring with Juliet
Jan 2021 • Family
My favourite part was the hospitality of our instructor Juliet. She was lovely with guiding us through the whole tour as well as being patient with us all. We had a few moments where we capsized haha but she was very patient with us and we all had a laugh about it, which I found amusing. Juliet is very experienced in kayaking and well educated in the culture behind Lake Taupo and the Maori Carvings. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is wanting to understand the culture behind the maori carvings and also just have fun knowing that you're under fun and experienced supervision. Thank you so much Juliet for a memorable tour, my brothers and I had a blast! Definately would come back again!

Iva
Written 10 January 2021
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CanoeandKayakTaupo
Thank you so much for the lovely review. Glad you all had an great afternoon with the wonderful Juliet!
Written 11 January 2021
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JoCNZ1980
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Great family experience
A great family experience with knowledgeable guides. As a family of four with two teenagers it ticked all the boxe
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Maori Carving half day Kayak
Great kayaking tour to the Maori Carvings with Laura! Laura made the experience very enjoyable, looking after the g
rosiebridges777
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Kayak tour
Juliet was awesome, loved the tour was such great weather and she is super calm with all abilities. Highly recommen
DominicAuckland
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Brilliant experience
Brilliant experience. Highly recommend. Stunning scenery, superb staff, great swimming holes (hot and cold!) and fu
Amanda_bailey1376
Amanda_bailey1376
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Awesome experience! Couldn't fault it!
This was a wonderful experience. Despite being slightly nervous at the prospect of kayaking down the Waikato, our
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834niamhb
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Great day with free photos!
My mum and I went on the tour and were lucky enough to be the only ones there. Juliet was our guide and was super l
rajurekha
rajurekha
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Awesome!! Enjoyed the whole 2hours
As we are beginners we felt safe and secure the whole time and our guide was awesome we learned kayaking. Very re
simonephilipb
simonephilipb
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Awesome family fun
Laura our guide was great with the kids, really relaxed and we felt safe the whole time. Had heaps of fun with some
274kanwalb
274kanwalb
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Best experience in Taupo
Everything was! Laura was great and really good to talk to and a lot of fun to do it in the morning especially.
jasond36
jasond36
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Paddleboard hire
Awesome friendly staff very accomodating and customer service was great highly recomend and will be back again
agfixer
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Lazy Kayak Fun
Our guide Juliette was awesome, Beautiful trip down the river, peaceful and beautiful. Heaps of information, lots o
AgKaOk
AgKaOk
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First time kayak paddle.
Lake Hinemaia was an excellent spot for a very first time kayak experience, with placid waters surrounded by dense
Hugh D
Hugh D
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Beautiful experience
Great trip down there river with Jayden. Didn't realise how beautiful the river was here. Crystal clear water worth
TraceyP1902
TraceyP1902
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EXCELLENT
Laura was an amazing tour guide, she explained everything we needed to know and was very helpful with questions etc
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Kayak and Spring fun.
The hot water springs were good for Child and the kayaking was a fun Birthday treat for parent. GREAT ALL ROUND.
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