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Address: Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
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Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand....

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 Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. Resembling the remains of ancient Maori civilization, they were created in the late 70s by a group of artists led by artist John Randall and reach a height of over 10 meters! Barbary has been offering sailing cruises to these carvings for over 30 years.

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 commercially operated electric yacht - We're equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, Barbary's eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving her 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).

As New Zealand’s only floating cinema – a Movie Cruise Charter makes for a fantastic and unique night out. Enjoy the sunset, then sit back on a comfy bean bag and enjoy a blockbuster movie on the sails under the summer’s starry night sky. Warm ponchos are supplied (or simply cuddle up to someone special!).

We don’t promise the best cruise on the lake, we deliver it!

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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo
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A must do experience!

It doesn't matter if you are a tourist or a local, this is something you have to experience at least once. The trip to the rock carvings is already worth the price and the guides... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It doesn't matter if you are a tourist or a local, this is something you have to experience at least once. The trip to the rock carvings is already worth the price and the guides made it feel more like a trip you do with mates than your standard tourist trips! Plus there is beer and pizza... what else can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a great time! It was a lovely cruise out getting to see Taupo from on the lake. Skipper Sandra told us a lot about the history of the surrounding area as well as just making everyone feel comfortable. The carvings were all located in the one spot! Got some great photos. Definitely happy I went!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The staff were entertaining and informative, although we didn't get to do much sailing, it was great a way to feel what its like on a sail boat. Perfect way to spend the morning, and MAKES FOR THE BEST PHOTOS!!! I would recommend this only for adults or older teens, as the sail can be time consuming. We had a... More 

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Hi, Thank you for your AWESOME review!! We are absolutely rapt you enjoyed your experience with Sail Barbary so much - and enjoyed the photo opportunities! Thanks, Sarah & Jamie More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I loved my sail ⛵️A bit of an overcast day in Taupo, meant good sailing weather. I really enjoyed this affordable and intimate trip. Informative, relaxed and full of participation (if willing). Pizza, wine, great view of the carvings, small group and good sail! Book this adventure and you'll not regret!

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Hi Tiffany, Thank you for your great review. We are absolutely rapt you enjoyed your experience with us and appreciated all the little extras :) Cheers, Sarah & Jamie More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great morning sailing Lake Taupo. Maori rocks very interesting. With the wind in our sails it was fantastic and such a nice comfortable boat. Our skipper made the trip. A must do in Taupo.

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Hi, thanks for your brilliant review! We are rapt you had such a great experience with us and enjoyed some true sailing :) Cheers, Jamie & Sarah More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was definitely a 'must do' while your in Taupo, fabulous views with great people, free pizza & BYO drink all during sunset! And to top it all off our skipper 'Kerry Mason' was so helpful, friendly and gave us all poncho's when it started it get cold! This trip is such good value for money & will be one... More 

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Hi Clara, thanks for your awesome review :) We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with Sail Barbary! Cheers, Sarah & Jamie (And Kerry!) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tour and especially the weather was just amazing. We got free pizza and drinks. I really enjoyed this quite long tour on the beautiful lake taupo. In the end we also could jump from the boat Into the Water.

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Hi Stefan, Thank you for your lovely review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your evening sail with us :) Cheers, Sarah and Jamie More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sailing to the Maori carvings on Barbary was definitely a highlight of our whole trip to New Zealand. The crew were friendly and funny and included in the price you get a glass of wine or a bottle of beer and you also get pizza for dinner - such lovely extras!

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Hi, thanks for your brilliant review! We're rapt you enjoyed your evening cruise with us - and pleased we could make your trip to NZ all the more awesome! cheers, Sarah & Jamie More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went on a Sail Barbary trip over the Christmas holiday. The entire sail was well organised with a great guide and the ability to bring your own snacks and drinks went down very well. Would highly recommend.

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Hi Justine, thanks for your lovely review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your trip, and enjoyed our BYO (Bring Your Own) policy :) Cheers, Sarah & Jamie More 

Keilor, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great evening sunset cruise aboard the Barbary yacht, fantastic hosts and a great experience and way to see Taupo from the water!

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Hi Jack - thank you for your fantastic review. We're rapt you had such a great experience with us! Cheers, Jamie & Sarah More 

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