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Sail Barbary

Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
+64 7-378 5879
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Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Sail Barbary is an all-year-round top rated Taupo activity; offering relaxation, fun and adventure on the water the Kiwi way. Taupo's 14-meter high Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. Sail Barbary has been offering sailing cruises to these carvings since 1983. Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments. You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi! As New Zealand’s only two commercially operated electric yachts - We're equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, Barbary's eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving noiselessly through the water. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied. Sail Barbary cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings depart daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm, and 5.00pm (*5.00pm Summer Only). We don’t promise the best cruise on the lake, we deliver it!
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“captain jamie” (11 reviews)
“beautiful boat” (12 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
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"lake taupo"
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"captain jamie"
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"beautiful boat"
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"fantastic cruise"
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"relaxing afternoon"
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"visiting taupo"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect when we got to the docks but boy we were blown away! The captain we had that day was absolutely amazing. From the knowledge he has about the Maori carvings to being a great host! We had an amazing...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

this was well worth the money, I took my two grandsons to N.Z. for two weeks and this was a fun day for them, jumping of the boat at the carvings and sights were great.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I had a great time! Our tour guide was informative and made the trip a lot of fun (sorry i can't remember her name) she also made sure to cater to our friend who is deaf which was awesome. Would love to...More

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SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, thanks very much for your lovely review :) We're so pleased you enjoyed your time with us and that Sarah (your Captain) was able to make your trip extra special for your friend. Cheers, the Sail Barbary team

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an incredible morning sailing on this incredible lake. Our captain was great fun and very informative. A must do activity in Taupo.

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Hi, thank you for your lovely review!! We're rapt you enjoyed your experience with us on our Great Lake :) Cheers, the Sail Barbary team

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

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jmhigginbotham2003
20 June 2018|
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Response from SailBarbary | Property representative |
Hi there, If you would like to book through TripAdvisor, then you can click the "more info" button at the top of the listing then "check availability". Alternatively if you visit the Sail Barbary website directly you can... More
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lmf60745
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Response from SailBarbary | Property representative |
Hi there, just a quick note - Sail Barbary's trips actually depart at 2.00pm and 5.00pm, just in case that affects your planning! Both cruises are lovely - the basis of them is the same, but the 5.00pm cruise you will get to... More
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Arijit1988
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Response from ArJun S | Reviewed this property |
It is up to you, the main difference between Sailing and Kayaking is that kayaking in an activity and sailing is relaxing (i.e. sitting on the boat and sailing). If you prefer to actually be on the water, then kayaking would... More
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