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Lake Taupo, Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great story about nanna demanding grandson do something with his life that would be remembered-and they will. The main carving took around 4 summers to mcomplete, and I love the fact it will be here for many years (centuries?) to come.

Thank justjans
Reviewed 5 days ago

The carvings are actually almost atb the top of the lake, but it takes a two hour boat trip, which illustrates just how vast Taupo is. Thoroughy recommended,

Thank Lincoln J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Some people are disappointed that these aren't ancient rock carvings, but they are still a feat of skill and craftsmanship to me. We enjoyed a beautiful cruise to get to them and would do it again!

Thank Cindy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting Taupo many many times over the years we decided to do a lake cruise for the first time. I had long been wanting to view the Maori Rock Carvings. They are only 40 or so years old but non the less beautiful for...More

Thank DebR640
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came out on the scenic tour with Chris Jolly and it was great to go in a cat for a change. The carvings are lovely and don't forget the ones in the left.

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can pay for a cruise on the lake or you can paddle out there in a kayak. It's about 45 minutes by the cruise boat so if you Kayak leaves a whole day.

Thank New_South_Woodies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing the rock carvings is worth it considering how cheap some of the tours are. The carving themselves are impressing though I had imagined there would be more. Also I did not realise how recently the carvings had been done.

Thank EddieAlexCook
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here on a sail boat ride, amazing to see and lovely to cruise along the lake. Locals were swimming - would be a great place for a swim if you had more time.

Thank see-swim-hike
Reviewed 18 August 2018

We recently stayed in Taupo and decided to finally do a lake cruise. Somehow for all the years of living in NZ i could not remember hearing about the Lake Taupo Maori Rock Carvings. We checked this out with the visitor centre in town and...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2018

A wonderful opportunity to take a boat ride on Taupo lake and also to reflect on the amount of effort was required to achieve this wonderful tribute to Ngatoroirangi - Maori High Priest

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Ying889
31 August 2018|
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Response from Danni W | Reviewed this property |
we have been to there at10am and the weather was heavy rainy, but we still enjoy the trip, also we see the special rainbow on board. I can imagine the sunny day will be beautiful especially for a amazing sunset.
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Response from Kasper454 | Reviewed this property |
either, or both are available. Need to consider weather, wind and lake conditions before making choice
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Steph K
13 November 2017|
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Response from dsp1015 | Reviewed this property |
We booked online via Sail Barnaby, cheapest among the ones we saw. Plus, they have online promos so we got additional discounts. Always better to book online rather than take a chance that there will be available slots. :D
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