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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo

From US$75.91
  • Paddling trip across Lake Taupo from Acacia Bay
  • See the Maori rock carvings from the water
  • Enjoy views of the lake and mountains
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
From US$75.91
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1.30pm DepartureMost Popular
Tour departs at 1.30pm all year round
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Summer 8.30am Departure
Tour departs at 8.30am from 1 October to 31 March
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Winter 10am Departure
Tour departs at 10am from 1 April to 30 September
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Paddle a kayak to the magnificent Maori rock carvings on Lake Taupo with a half-day tour from Acacia Bay. You’ll learn the cultural significance behind the towering inscriptions, which were completed in 1980, and enjoy great views across the crystal-clear lake to the Tongariro Mountains. Approaching the Maori rock carvings by kayak means you can see them up close, passing native bush and tiny inlets, then floating right at the base of the cliff. Both morning and afternoon departures are available and beginning paddlers are welcome.
What to Expect

Your kayak tour will start with a safety briefing at Taupo Kayaking Adventures base in Acacia Bay. Push off from the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay before paddling out on the lake below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbour a kayak. Take in the amazing views of the lake and the Tongariro mountains beyond. The landscape is very scenic, especially when the mountains are covered in snow in the winter.

After about an hour you will reach the Maori Rock Carvings. You can kayak right up to the cliff face but we do request that you respect its cultural significance by not touching the carvings. Your experienced guide will explain the carving's cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them.

On the way back, you will stop for gourmet refreshments where you can take the opportunity to swim in the clear waters of the beautiful lake. If the breeze comes up, you can raft your kayaks together and sail back – bliss!

The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo have been hailed as one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary artworks. Towering 14-metres above the deep water of Lake Taupo, the carvings have become one of the North Island of New Zealand's biggest tourist attractions and one of the must do activities when in Taupo. The carvings can only be reached by water so this kayak trip is one of the best options to see it.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Departure time is at 8:30am and 1:30pm in summer and 10:00am and 1:30pm in winter from our base in Acacia Bay. Allow approx 4 hours per trip (3 hours on the water). 

Reviews (19)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Kayaking Guides took care of us well!

My wife and I took this Kayaking trip on a slightly windy day when the Lake was just a little bit rocky, and she got sea sick, but the two kayaking guides were very considerate and were constantly looking out for not just us, but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank constantine_sg
Reviewed 1 week ago
Lovely adventure

My husband and I had an incredible time with our guides Phil and Oliver to see the Maori carvings on Lake Taupo. They take great care of you - this trip is accessible even to first-time kayakers. We really appreciated learning more about the lake...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Devon K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Birthday ride

This was an experience I will never forget. The photo opportunities are magnificent and commentary was very interesting .

Thank Kathryn218
Reviewed 17 October 2018
These Seniors Loved our Guide and Paddle Time

This was only the second time my husband and I had been kayaking, but our Guide Rob made this a memorable experience for us. He gave us a lot of good tips and was patient as we developed our paddline skills -- plus he was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MJG1955
Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Hey! So good to hear that you such a memorable time with us here at Taupo Kayaking Adventures. Rob is a fantastic guide and very skilled. And yes the motors are always handy haha. Thank you for the great review.

Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile
Would recommend!

My friend and I decided we wanted to Kayak while we were in New Zealand and we absolutely loved kayaking on Lake Taupo! We got lucky with a beautiful sunny day and the views were amazing. Kayaking to the Maori rock carvings added a cultural...More

Thank ImAnAussie
Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thanks for the review. Glad to hear you had a awesome experience with us here at Taupo Kayaking Adventures.

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16 January 2019|
Response from ImAnAussie | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you would need two kayaks but you could check with the company as the guide might be able to accompany one of your children in a double kayak.