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Wonderful boat trip on a nostalgic boat on lake Taupo

This company has steamboats that take you on to the Maori carvings at the lakeside and around the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Hilversum, The Netherlands
Best boat and friendly crew

Was great having a smaller boat to go on, crew were friendly throughout. Was a winter cruise so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Whangarei, New Zealand
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65 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 9222
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank 471Sandraa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely kept boat. It’s a 2 hour round trip to see the rock carvings made in the 70’s by a well known artist. Exquisitely carved with a number of surrounding carvings that tell a story. You travel on this lovely Taupo lake from the mooring...More

Thank Walter v
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Good to get out on the lake and get a different view of Taupo. Carvings pretty good to see. Good commentary and were provided with coffee and biscuit.

1  Thank Berries99
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Yes it was cold grey skies and windy but it was a wonderful trip 2 hours very picturesque. The crew were very friendly and informative. The rock face carvings were awesome. We booked through the information center and got a discount 👍

Reviewed 8 June 2018

Took the Ernest Kemp Cruises to visit the Maori Rock Carvings at Lake Taupo with may family in late May 2018. My experience can be summarized below: What's impressive: - It's a replica of the original steamboat which gives you the feeling of slow and...More

Thank Lutlut7
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We did the 5:00pm cruise with Ernest Kamp and had a fabulous time. We left right on time the harbour to sail on Taupo Lake during 2 hours. The boat was charming and small: we enjoyed our time which included drinks, pizzas and cakes. The...More

1  Thank BTChevalier
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

A nice little steamboat with lovely crew and free hot drinks. A very nice two hour trip on Lake Taupo. Good views of the rock carvings. Highly recommended!

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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!