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Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo

  • Cruise on scenic Lake Taupo to view the Maori Rock Carvings
  • Learn about the ecology, volcanology and history of the area from your guide
  • Enjoy tea or a live fishing demonstration, depending on choice of departure time
Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo
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10.30am Morning Scenic CruiseMost Popular
1.5hr scenic cruise on Lake Taupo to the Maori Rock Carvings. Includes free tea/coffee and a hot homemade muffin. Cruise the lake in style with Lake Taupo's friendliest & most experienced operators
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1.30pm Afternoon Cruise
1.5hr scenic cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings including a fishing demonstration. Cruise the lake in style aboard the very modern and comfortable Cruise Cat.
From USD 32.29
5pm Summer Scenic Cruise
1.5 hour scenic cruise on Lake Taupo to the Maori Rock Carvings. Snacks and refreshments available for purchase. Complimentary wine or beer.
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Cruise around the scenic bays of Lake Taupo and admire the Maori Rock Carvings during this 1.5-hour boat tour. Aboard the boat, listen to informative commentary about the ecology, volcanology and cultural history of the area. Admire the impressive views of the snowy mountain tops of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo's picturesque shores. See the Maori Rock Carvings depicting the legends of the local Tuwharetoa tribe. Choose from morning departure (includes tea) or afternoon departure (includes a fishing demonstration).
What to Expect
Your trip will take you from the Taupo Marina along the northern shores of Lake Taupo and on to Wharewaka Point (4 mile bay). From here we cross the main bay of Tapuaeharuru out to Rangatira Point and on to beautiful Mine Bay where we will see the famous Maori rock carvings. As you travel along Mine Bay you will notice a ledge 111 feet (34 m) above the water line where the lake level was thousands of years ago. The return trip back to the harbor is along the western shoreline past picturesque Acacia Bay. Morning departures feature tea or coffee and a hot muffin to warm you up and afternoon departures have a fishing demonstration. Passengers are welcome to participate in a brief bit of fishing after the demonstration, but must hold a valid Taupo fishing license (see Additional Info for more details).

The Lake is 25 miles (40 km) long, 18 miles (30 km) wide and 610 feet (186 m) at its deepest point. The surface area is 388 square miles (625 square km). Many hot water areas can be seen along the northern and southern ends of the lake and a natural hot water beach runs along the lake front of the Taupo Township. These springs occur naturally as a result of the volcanic fault line which forms part of the Pacific Volcanic fault. Vertical features in the rock formations caused by heat dissipation can be clearly seen in Kaiapo bay. The heat fractures pushed around to form a fan in the volcanic core in Whakaipo bay which is exposed due to the drop in the eastern side of the Crater Lake. The Maori rock carvings were commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth Arts Council in 1980 and were created by members of the local Tuwharetoa tribe to represent many of their legends. The carvings feature mostly ‘Taniwha’ the protectors of the Lake whose power extends to include the island of Motutaiko where many tribal chiefs are buried. From here, we return back to the Lake Taupo Boat Harbor.
Reviews (48)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Great for Christmas Work Function

The weather gods certainly put on an awesome day for our Christmas work function. With 12 or more people we were able to hire a boat just for us which made it even more special. Food and bar offered lots to choose from and everyone...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SharynGJ
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Great tour & good value

Thanks for the hospitality and informative boat tour, Oz! I’m glad I got to visit the Maori rock carvings during my brief time in Taupo. Highly recommend this 1.5 hour excursion on Lake Taupo. Good job Chris Jolly & Oz :)

Thank 140jennaa
Reviewed 4 days ago
Just got into Taupo, went to the waterfront and lucked out getting a spot on a great boat trip to see a gorgeous set of

The forecast was for rain so we didn’t make any plans. Upon arrival to the waterfront their were 3different cruises that left in an hour-a large sailboat, a replica of Humphrey Bogart’s the “African Queen”, and a large Catamaran. We chose the large ‘cat’ and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ron1733
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Annual Corporate Fishing Trip - 8 years and still going strong!

Every year, Lumber One, and our suppliers, Lonza, PPG industries, and Thode knives organise a fishing trip with Chris Jolly Outdoors. And every year, they never fail to impress with their welcome, service, cuisine, and looking after our customers and ourselves very well. We'll be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JeanetteM1463
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Maori Rock Carvings

Very relaxing cruise on the lake. Nothing to die for, but you'll see the rock carvings and can recover from the alpine crossing. A clear pro is that the price is appropriate and we didn't feel ripped off (unlike with many other activities in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Mil_the_globetrotter
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