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Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Kindred Spirit provided by Kindred Spirit

Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Kindred Spirit

Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Kindred Spirit
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from $50.26 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
About
Experience the beauty of a scenic sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings, one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings in the world. Only view-able from the water, the likeness of Ngātoroirangi towers 14-meters above Lake Taupō, surrounded by over 40 smaller carvings.. Escape from hectic life for a while and enjoy the breathtaking views around. Relax on Lake Taupōs largest charter yacht “Kindred Spirit” and enjoy the superior comfort with a large deck space and a lounge under deck for up to 12 people. Listen to our experienced skippers and learn about the history of the lake. Give the crew a hand hoisting the sails and take a turn on the wheel or just snuggle under some blankets and enjoy the wide selection of drinks. Kindred Spirit sails under full sails as much as possible or gently meanders, when it is truly calm, by a quite inboard diesel engine. Take a dip and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the largest freshwater lake in Australasia (weather dependent).
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
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: 2h 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 18556P5
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Live commentary on board • Blankets • Wet weather gear • free pizza (if option selected) • Selection of non-alcoholic drinks (if option is selected) • Selection of beer and wine (if option is selected) • BYO • Longest swim stop out of any company on the lake (weather dependent) • Restroom on board
Exclusions
Accommodation pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks (if option not selected)
Duration
2h 45m
Departure details
14 Redoubt Street, Waikato 3330, New Zealand Departure Point: Kindred Spirit  Boat # 14 (Berth #14)  Taupo Marina, next to 65 Redoubt St.
Inclusions
Live commentary on board • Blankets • Wet weather gear • free pizza (if option selected) • Selection of non-alcoholic drinks (if option is selected) • Selection of beer and wine (if option is selected) • BYO • Longest swim stop out of any company on the lake (weather dependent) • Restroom on board
Exclusions
Accommodation pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks (if option not selected)
Departure details
14 Redoubt Street, Waikato 3330, New Zealand Departure Point: Kindred Spirit  Boat # 14 (Berth #14)  Taupo Marina, next to 65 Redoubt St.
Duration
2h 45m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Sailing trips are subject to minimum numbers, lake and weather conditions.
People failing to show up for check in will not be refunded.
Please let us know in advance if you have medical issues. The skipper has the last call on check in to decide if the trip is suitable regarding medical issues due to health and safety regulations.
Most travellers can participate
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 24 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    14 Redoubt Street
    14 Redoubt Street, Waikato 3330, New Zealand
    Departure Point: Kindred Spirit  Boat # 14 (Berth #14)  Taupo Marina, next to 65 Redoubt St.
    See address & details
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    Maori Rock Carvings
    Stop: 15 minutes
    Experience the beauty of a scenic sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings, one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings in the world. Escape from hectic life for a while and enjoy the breathtaking views around. Listen to our experienced skippers and learn about the history of the lake. Give the crew a hand hoisting the sails and take a turn on the wheel or just snuggle under some blankets and enjoy the wide selection of drinks. Take a dip and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the largest freshwater lake in Australasia (weather dependent). Enjoy free pizza and beverages on some departures - or purchase light refreshments on-board. You are also able to bring your own food and drinks with you, should you wish. Afterwards, return to the marina where you tour concludes.
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    14 Redoubt Street
    14 Redoubt Street, Waikato 3330, New Zealand
    Departure Point: Kindred Spirit  Boat # 14 (Berth #14)  Taupo Marina, next to 65 Redoubt St.
    See address & details
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Barbara C
17 contributions
Splendid way to see the Maori rock carvings!
Apr 2021
Very competent skipper, who shared knowledge about the carvings and other points of interest around the lake. He was very patient with others taking the helm , including children. He also offered plentiful pizza and refreshing beverages. The yacht is a classic and sailed quite steadily under the changing conditions on the lake. Would definitely recommend!
Written 1 May 2021
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sailboy5
Great to hear you had a good time. Thank you for sharing your experience :)
Written 10 May 2021
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Monique S
Hamilton, New Zealand171 contributions
Stunning views and knowledgeable skipper
Feb 2021 • Family
Dave was so welcoming and friendly from the minute we arrived at the marina. His knowledge of the area was fantastic and loved how he stopped along the way to tell us all about the bays and history of the lake as well. There was only a small group and we felt like we got the VIP treatment!
My young grandson was the only one wanting to swim so he dropped anchor just for him. The whole experience was amazing, including giving me tips on other activities to do around Taupo. Definitely recommend!
Written 8 February 2021
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sailboy5
Thank you so much. It was lovely to have you on board. All the best for you Dave & Jess
Written 12 February 2021
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VickiAndy
Taupo, New Zealand19 contributions
Absolutely amazing
We had a brilliant time aboard Kindred Spirit. Highly recommend. Dave was great with our young children who loved taking the wheel. Stunning swimming spot and pf course the beautiful carvings.
Written 13 January 2021
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sailboy5
We love having kids on board :) Thank you for coming with us. All the best for you and your family Dave & Jess
Written 22 January 2021
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Alexander W
Lincoln, UK93 contributions
Great activity to see some amazing carvings. Suitable for all.
Dec 2019
Great trip for our honeymoon in 2018. We did this as a chilled experience to be on Lake Taupo and loved every minute. It was such a great way to spend a few hours chilling out and let someone else do the driving for once on the trip! The Carvings themselves are really amazing and well worth the money. There was even beers and wine thrown in on the return trip and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo. Absolutely amazing. Really fantastic host as well and really not hugely expensive at all for what you get.
Written 31 May 2020
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Gareth F
Cardiff, UK20 contributions
Excellent, and great value
Nov 2019
A superb experience. The whole atmosphere was very relaxed and comfortable. We were very lucky to have excellent weather on the day of our visit, blazing sunshine and high 20's temp. Our captain was a very pleasant gent with good conversation and not overbearing.

The real USP of this trip is the time you get out on the water. We were overtaken by several larger tour boats and must of had twice as long out on the water. The pizza and beer were also excellent additions. Arguably the most relaxing few hours we enjoyed on our 3 week trip.

The carvings themselves are stunning and very unique, well worth the trip to go and see. The lake itself was the real star though, what a masterpiece of nature. Snow capped mountains out in the distance, watching sky divers come down through the clouds, blue and green as far as you can see. If I lived in NZ I would make Taupo a frequent visit.
Written 13 April 2020
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Eleanor Lloyd
London, UK67 contributions
Fantastic!!
Mar 2020
We went out on the trip with our two skippers a few days ago to see the Maori Rock Carvings. The trip was fantastic and we even got food and a drink on board. Being out on the lake was wonderful, the carvings themselves are well worth seeing and our skippers were v friendly and informative. We had a great time!
Written 22 March 2020
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Hemskeez
Rotorua, New Zealand6 contributions
Best romantic boat tour everr!!
Feb 2020 • Friends
Had the best time ever sunset and all jess and dave were the best good view good vibes and awesome skippers me nd my lover had the best time love from the kaitiaki whanau ... come rafting so i can flip u guys ❤️❤️
Written 28 February 2020
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26JessDB
15 contributions
Totally WICKED!!!
Amazing time aboard with Jess & Dave! Thank you so much for being so accommodating! From parking at the marina to loosing my sandal overboard. Over exceeded all expectations will definitely be back!
Written 27 February 2020
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