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Ernest Kemp Cruises

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65 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Beautiful scenic cruise

After researching the different tours to the Maori Rock Carvings we decided with the Ernest Kemp... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Valeria411
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Chula Vista, California
via mobile
Superb evening cruise on Lake Taupo

A really great 2 hour cruise from start to finish (5-7pm). Very helpful and friendly crew kept us... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kim D
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Frankfurt, Germany
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
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“cocktail cruise” (20 reviews)
“maori carvings” (64 reviews)
“lake taupo” (81 reviews)
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65 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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"hour cruise"
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"captain ian"
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"great cruise"
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"complimentary tea"
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"smaller boat"
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"beer or wine"
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"informative commentary"
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"highly recommend this cruise"
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"nice boat"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After researching the different tours to the Maori Rock Carvings we decided with the Ernest Kemp Cruise for the steam boat experience and because it was much smaller boat and figured it wouldn't be crowded. It was a great experience and very beautiful and relaxing...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really great 2 hour cruise from start to finish (5-7pm). Very helpful and friendly crew kept us fed and watered with beer, wine, pizza and delicious brownies, all included in the price. Amusing and informative commentary on key features including the contemporary Mine Bay...More

Thank Kim D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The evening cruise was excellent. I was able to experience beautiful views of Lake Taupo, see the Maori rock carving and swim in the lake. The boat has outside seating at the front and back to ensure excellent views of the scenery. The cruise lasted...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The steamship is lovely. They offer tea/coffee/hot choc on board. A good way to spend a couple of hours. The Maori rock carvings are interesting. They are modern.

Thank Bijal S
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Hubby and I booked the cocktail cruise on the Lake. From start to finish this was a fantastic experience. The weather was perfect for us. The cruise hosts were great, providing beer, wine, pizzas and sweets for us all to enjoy. The carvings were awesome...More

Thank fieryred33
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Opted for the 5pm cocktail cruise with a few wines and some pizza - plenty to go round and if you wanted more you had the option to buy some but 3 wines for me and 3 beers for the Mr and a pizza between...More

Thank Chachaa89
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

My hubby and I took the dinner cruise, pizza and beers. The boat was quite full so we did not get much pizza but we both had 3 beers each. For the price it was great. The skipper was funny, informative and showed great skill...More

1  Thank Sunlily6336
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

We booked a cruise on Ernest Kemp with our two children. We were turned away the morning of the cruise because we had two children. The booking office told us that the water was too rough -however everyone else that had booked tickets was able...More

Thank Shannon M
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Adrienne W, Manager at Ernest Kemp Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Dear Shannon M, Firstly thank you for taking the time to write, we do appreciate your feedback. I do apologise if you thought you were turned away because of the children. This is certainly not the case, we enjoy and cater for children on our...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The captain of the Ernest Kemp was a delightful fellow, who was very knowledgeable of the Lake. The cruise allowed for some delicious refreshments, both beverages and food, which was of excellent quality, and overall the journey and destination was fascinating! Definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank Dorian M
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

The Ernest Kemp cruise is the best way to get up close to the Lake Taupo rock carvings.We went on a fine day and sat up front to get the best view. Free tea, coffee and biscuit's rounded off a great morning.

Thank Robin G
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TasmanianRed
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.
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CazRiyadh
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!
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