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65 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 9222
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Taking the slow boat to the Maori carvings was relaxing on a beautiful day like we had today. Be aware-there is no marine life as such so you just need to just kick back and enjoy the trip itself.

Thank justjans
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our morning cruise on the lake, and the Maori Rock Carvings are particularly nice to see. Staff were excellent, as was the hot chocolate on board!

Thank Oliver M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Iconic little boat... we just rocked up and got tickets! Leisurely cruise - well worth it, had great weather for this trip.

Thank AudreyTasker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great cruise out to the rock carvings! A must do in Lake Taupo. Beautiful day and there is coffee and tea and biscuits on board

Thank Bec B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Sunday morning cruise at 10:30 and had a very enjoyable two hours around the lake. It included the Maori Rock carvings and some interesting information about the lake and how it came into being. Well worth the price paid and the time.

Thank New_South_Woodies
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This was the first day of our trip that was a bit cold and it was somehow suitable to rug up and enjoy the trip on the steamer. (To be fair, it wasn't that cold, just cool enough to add to the atmosphere.) The staff...More

Thank Kim A
Reviewed 14 August 2018

This company has steamboats that take you on to the Maori carvings at the lakeside and around the lake. Laid back atmosphere with friendly personnel and nice explaining of the carvings as well as what else you can see from the lake! Not always easy...More

Thank RuurdvanElburg
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Was great having a smaller boat to go on, crew were friendly throughout. Was a winter cruise so less people which made the experience better. Went right up to the cavings, they were knowledgeable about the history and we stayed a little longer due to...More

Thank busy4mum
Reviewed 28 July 2018

The captain new his lake and pointed out places of interest, the provision of self-serve tea/coffee or hot chocolate added to the relaxed ambience. We had quite a calm day for our trip to the rock carvings and on arrival the captain explained the carvings...More

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 26 July 2018

The Ernst Kemp was comfortable with a fun loving crew that kept us entertained and informed. An extremely pleasant 2 hours on the lake.

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21 April 2016|
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Response from Helen6161 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it does, and you can help yourself to free hot drinks and biscuits. Very safe when travelling with young children.
11 November 2015|
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Response from Carol58a | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry but we rang the staff of Ernest Kemp when we arrived in Taupo. They were wonderful and extremely helpful. It is definitely a must do when in Taupo. Enjoy!