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Ernest Kemp Cruises
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“cocktail cruise”(21 reviews)
“biscuits”(20 reviews)
65 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 9222
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Kemp is much younger than she looks and gives a great scenic tour of the beautiful Lake Taupo. The Maori rock carvings are interesting, but getting out on the water for a couple of hours is even better.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrettnDenise
Reviewed 24 October 2018

My partner and I took the 5pm cocktail cruise out to the Māori rock carvings; it was a beautiful trip with lovely crew. The only downfall was that it's advertised as a cocktail cruise but doesn't serve cocktails! You get complimentary beer and wine, but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

This is a great trip out to the Rock carvings, nice boat small but plenty of seats, great views of lake Taupo, was a bit concerning seeing the captain on his phone allot,

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hoffy001
Reviewed 15 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank justjans
Reviewed 13 October 2018 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!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank olliemumby
Reviewed 6 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AudreyTasker
Reviewed 3 October 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bbluxetravel
Reviewed 30 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 627kima
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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!