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Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
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Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo

By Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo
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About
Swimming is encouraged during this ecologically sustainable sailing trip on Lake Taupo. The Maori Rock Carvings are your destination while you relax aboard a noiseless and emissions-free electric yacht. You’ll learn about the impressive rock art on the cliffs of Mine Bay from live commentary on this Qualmark Gold–rated tour.
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Ages 0-99, max of 18 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Lake Taupo sailing tour to Maori Rock Carvings
  • Yacht is emissions-free, making it an ecological choice
  • Year-round activity offers relaxation and adventure
  • Refreshments, live commentary, and swimming included

  • Local guide providing commentary on the lake, the carvings and the volcanoes
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax) included
  • All cruises include a complimentary beverage and a Sail Barbary postcard
  • Evening cruises include a glass of wine/beer/soft drink
  • Swimming is encouraged
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Maori Rock Carvings
What's not included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities


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  • Sail Barbary eco-sailing to Maori Rock Carvings Taupo, Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Nukuhau, Taupō 3330, New Zealand
    We are located in front of Stir Cafe - a little grey caravan converted into a cafe. Look for a blue flag with Barbary written on it in yellow. Berth 9 and 10.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 22532P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • What to Bring: Dress casual, comfortable and warm (layered clothes work best), windproof/showerproof jacket, swimwear and towel (during summer), sunglasses, hat and don’t forget your camera!
    • Please note: You are welcome to bring your own prepared food and beverages. NZ law requires adults to be R18 and over to drink alcohol.
    • All departures are subject to demand, minimum numbers, lake and weather conditions. We reserve the right to transfer customers to an alternative boat should weather conditions allow it. This will not alter the tour route or inclusions.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Sail Barbary eco-sailing to Maori Rock Carvings Taupo
      Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Nukuhau, Taupō 3330, New Zealand
      We are located in front of Stir Cafe - a little grey caravan converted into a cafe. Look for a blue flag with Barbary written on it in yellow. Berth 9 and 10.
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      Maori Rock Carvings
      Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
      Explore Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise on New Zealand's only electric yacht. Enjoy stunning vistas as you set sail to explore the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay, Te Moaenga Bay, Whakamoenga Bay and Acacia Bay. Stopping to listen to Maori myths and legends with refreshments included. Book with Sail Barbary today and enjoy one of New Zealand’s must-do experiences.
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    • Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo
      1,201
      Taupo, New Zealand
      Joined in September 2011
    • Becky L
      0 contributions
      Lovely Lake Taupo
      Comfortable, interesting commentary, friendly Captain Peter, lovely views and pleasant time on Lake Taupo, good value for the price.
      Written 30 January 2024
    • C2731ABpaulv
      0 contributions
      Must-do in Taupo.
      This was a great trip. We were under sail for most of the time on the boat. Pete was a great host and skipper, full of interesting stories, anecdotes, and information. Highly recommended for an early evening sailing.
      Written 25 January 2024
    • T7761DBlaurenh
      0 contributions
      Highly recommend!!
      If I could give more than 5 stars I would! Great afternoon spent on the lake! Informative cruise learning about the history of the lake and the carvings. Even got to have a swim. Skipper was so friendly and knowledgeable!
      Written 18 January 2024
    • TrvlingMyBucketList
      0 contributions
      Beautiful Lake Taupō
      Sail Barbary is a beautiful eco friendly electric sailboat excursion on Lake Taupo. The views were amazing and the lake was calm. Our skipper was extremely friendly and witty, and knowledgable. Really amazing tour!
      Written 20 December 2023
    • Face_The_Elements
      0 contributions
      Great activity for a rainy day
      Despite a rainy day we made our way to the port and boarded our ship in the harbour. The skipper greeted us and took us out on the open water. Even though it’s a rainy day, we received some views of a coastline until we made our way deeper into the lake. Things are pretty hazy, but luckily we were indoors. Once we made our way to the Mauri Rock Carving we heard the tales of the local culture, the carving itself and the meaning. It was a lovely way to spend a rainy day.
      Written 9 November 2023
    • gillj191
      0 contributions
      Lovely experience with knowlegeable and entertaining skipper
      Lovely to sail wothout the noise of the engine and to feel we were really sailing with the sails up. The Maori carvings are impressive but also enjoyed being out on the lake. Got quite cold so pleased to be well wrapped up. Have warm ponchos to use if required
      Written 5 November 2023
    • RyderJB23
      0 contributions
      Great Views and Excellent Conpany
      A relaxed trip to see the carvings with great commentary. The real bonus is that this tour takes a smaller group than other companies take, which makes the transit more comfortable and provides a much more intimate tour experience as well as a better photo taking opportunity. My husband and I went on this cruise and absolutely loved it. I'm very glad we chose this company over the others we considered.
      Written 18 July 2023
    • CamHodgie
      0 contributions
      The right choice
      When looking for a tour of Lake Taupo and the carvings, there were a few options. Ultimately I chose Barbary because I’d been on boats similar to the competition before, and a sail boat felt like more like an experience. I was not let down. Our guide Chris was a great laugh, telling stories and anecdotes the entire trip. We spent a good amount of time in front of the carvings and I even got to have a swim! Bering on an open boat so close to the water is as a great feeling. Super happy with the decision I made!
      Written 25 March 2023
    • simmogarfield
      0 contributions
      Relaxing chilling informative sailing trip
      Lovely tour with great skipper. Brilliant and humorous commentary. Very relaxing experience with a chance to dip as well. Thank you very much.
      Written 11 March 2023
    • Anne B
      0 contributions
      Sailing on Lake Taupo
      We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on LakeTaupo to see the Maori carvings. We were lucky to have a clear sunny day with virtually no wind, but it was an experience to have the sails up for the trip. Our host was very knowledgeable, friendly and had a host of humerous stories to tell which made the trip even more enjoyable
      Written 8 March 2023
    • Dodgyeye
      0 contributions
      Sailing on Barbary: a phantastic way to experience lake Taupo and the rock carvings.
      Initially our main aim had been to see the Maori rock carvings in an environmentally friendly way by sailing on Barbary. However, the actual sailing - with a little help from the electric(!) motor - and the funny and enlightening commentary of our well informed skipper (whose name I have sadly forgotten) turned out to be the best part.
      Written 27 February 2023
    • Robarsenalziggy
      0 contributions
      The best way to experience Lake Taupo
      Highly recommended. Great way to get out on the lake with friendly and informative skipper. Much better than all the other motor driven craft chugging their way along. Were happy to let us switch trip from the original booking to the next day when the conditions were perfect. That was much appreciated.
      Written 12 February 2023
    • 841jeromec
      0 contributions
      Fabulous Afternoon On Lake Taupō
      We have an immensely enjoyable afternoon sailing and swimming of the Barbary under the watchful eye of Captain Chris. He was funny, informative and joyously entertaining.
      Written 26 January 2023
    • mljahns
      0 contributions
      Tourist trap
      Mixed feelings on this. Communication with staff was good in regards to changes to the vessel type due to bad weather. Unfortunately the company let us know that another large group would be joining our booking so we could reschedule or refund, neither of which worked with our one-night stay in the area. We were under the impression they knew the group but sounds instead it was a young international tour group and so rather than getting the romantic couple cruise to the carvings at sunset we felt like we were on a party bus with loud music and shots. The captain did offer us drinks to make up for it but even being in our 20s the atmosphere was not what we were expecting or wanted. However the captains daughter was very friendly and amusing, and the short spiel once we reached the carvings was informative. Overall it felt like a generic lake cruise with a party vibe to a tourist trap of a carving with not much historical difference. Hard to tell if that was just one bad cruise or if they’re all like that.
      Written 19 January 2023
    • Hilanda63
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      The best experience on the lake!
      What can I say, yet another amazing trip with Pete on the Kakariki. This has become a regular thing for us and this year we took a whole bunch of additional family visiting from overseas. They loved the experience as much as us. It is easy, relaxing informative and you might just catch a fish or two! If you are in Taupo, this is a must. We will be booking again next time we are there for sure, it is an experience you simply won't tire of. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
      Written 17 January 2023
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    Lachie
    1 contribution
    Sept 2020 • Couples
    Heard about this tour from friends who had done it sometime ago and didn't disappoint.

    The Skipper, Pete, was very good and talked alot about the lake, surrounds and the rock cravings.

    The trip was a bit blustery but made it all the more enjoyable to sail. The yacht was very comfortable and would recommend to anyone wanting to experience the lake.
    Written 15 September 2020
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    Thank you for your review and thank you to your friends for the recommendation. I agree you cant beat a sail on a windy day it really gets the adrenaline going, so thrilling :) Definitely a unique experience.
    Written 16 September 2020
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    Lynda
    Auckland, New Zealand204 contributions
    Feb 2020
    Our sailing out to the Maori Carving was a bit choppy and bit scary for us as we had never been on a sailing boat before however our captain was very professional and put us at ease. He also shared some interesting information regarding the lake, carving and boat.
    On the way back from the Maori Carving the lake had calmed down completely and it was a beautiful and relaxing experience with wine in hand, pizza and the sun starting to set.
    Written 10 February 2020
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    Claire F
    4 contributions
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    My partner and I had a great time on this scenic cruise. The captain Chris was very friendly and welcoming, providing pizza and a beer on the house. He gave some interesting info about the history of the lake and the Maori carvings as well. We also had the option to go for a swim (although too cold for us!). This trip is great value for money and I would definitely recommend it :)
    Written 4 January 2020
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    mei_soo
    Auckland Central, New Zealand73 contributions
    Jan 2020
    Lovely way to spend an evening on the lake. Kerry and his team were wonderful - warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. I get nervous on boats but felt very safe throughout. We had a beautiful sunset and of course seeing the Maori rock carvings up close was very special. We also really appreciated the food, drink and warm fleece-lined ponchos as the sun went down. Can't recommend this enough if you're in Lake Taupo. We especially loved that it was eco-friendly, A+ all around! Thank you team Sail Barbary for a wonderful experience!
    Written 3 January 2020
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    Thank you very much for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; Kerry will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. I am so pleased he helped you to feel comfortable on the yacht. We are very proud to be the only boat on the Lake that is eco-friendly.
    Written 10 January 2020
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    Aneta M
    Rotorua, New Zealand1 contribution
    Dec 2020
    Ngā mihi Sail Barbary. This is a beautiful way to experience Lake Taupō. It's such a pleasant sail and we loved being able to relax, lie back on the bean bags and enjoy the weather, the views and the yacht itself. This is real value for money. Recommend wearing layers though because even on a seemingly warm day it does get cool out there.

    The rock carving of the Te Arawa tōhunga (spiritual leader) Ngātoroirangi was definitely the icing on the cake. I'd previously done this trip with another company and didn't get much of the history at all about the rock carvings and the man responsible for making them happen. I was very pleased that we got some of that this time.

    I am a local holiday maker who travelled the world extensively prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, I travel the length and breadth of Aotearoa NZ a bit at a time. What I enjoy most about our outstanding country aside from its sheer beauty, are the authentic and unique local histories that sets each place apart from the next.

    It would be so great if you could build on your eco friendly, sustainable experience by introducing into your sails, more local Māori narratives concerning Ngātoroirangi. There are many more historical accounts of this prestigious ancestor, many of which are unique to Taupō and often reference significant land marks such as Mt. Tongariro which can also be seen from the lake (I think).

    You'd need to build a trust-based relationship with the people of Ngāti Tūwharetoa first, to get their approval to share their histories because they are the guardians of that intellectual and cultural property. Wouldn't it be great if they had the opportunity to tell their own stories for you? I think that would make this a stand out experience that many NZers would pay more for if it was available.

    P.S. You might just need to tidy up the inside of the cabin a bit too.
    Written 28 December 2020
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderfully detailed review. We are so glad you enjoyed the local history, it is always such a fine balance trying to share the right amount of information. Everyone views it so differently. You have definitely given the Barbary team something to think about working on in the future. We will try a bit harder on keeping the cabin tidy.
    Written 18 January 2021
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    Morgan
    2 contributions
    Feb 2020
    This was our first sail experience and it cannot be any better. We thoroughly enjoyed the sail and the stories by the Captain. The Captain's elaboration and explanation about the lake and the carvings were pretty insightful especially for a new comer. Would certainly recommend this to others. If you are rushing or don't enjoy quiet time this may not be the one for you.
    Written 12 February 2020
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    Linda Neo
    5 contributions
    Jan 2020
    Skipper Chris was totally a joy to listen to for the duration of the sail. The facilities were top notch and we were totally relaxed and enjoyed the trip emmensley. ( including the lesson in feeding the ducks.) This trip rates very highly in our top 10 activities during our 5 week stay in New Zealand, thank you Sail Barbary.
    Written 31 January 2020
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    Thank you very much for your review, you will make Chris's day! I really appreciate knowing that we are providing the best customer care and experience possible. You are welcome.
    Written 1 February 2020
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    RaeD
    Wainuiomata, New Zealand6 contributions
    Oct 2020 • Couples
    I am not the best sailor but I really had a blast .We began with a short briefing on Health & Safety as we left Port under electric power (yes this is a Green boat)
    Pete our skipper is very passionate about sailing and and I learnt a lot on how to read the water and sailing in general.
    His knowledge of the Lake it’s fishing spots and Maori carvings is extensive and made for a stand out tour.
    You could help yourself to tea/coffee ginger nut biscuits and Pete even had ponchos for those who had forgotten warm jackets (yes it’s cooler out on the lake)
    I would recommend this to anyone willing to give it a go 😀😀😀😀
    Written 25 October 2020
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    Thank you for your review the Sail Barbary team is happy to hear you had such a wonderful experience! We’re so pleased you enjoyed our eco friendly stories. We hope to see you again soon when you come to catch some trout.
    Written 9 November 2020
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    PhilMalone
    Footscray, Australia1,399 contributions
    Nov 2022
    This was an outstanding tour. The guide was very friendly and humorous and made the trip so enjoyable. He shared all his knowledge of the lake and local area. The sailing boat was very comfortable and we got very close to the Maori carvings - as close as the kayaks (on another tour) could, so this was excellent.

    I would thoroughly recommend doing this tour as a great half-day out - getting a view from the actual lake itself was memorable and it was very cost effective.
    Written 17 December 2022
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    Thank you very much for your outstanding review the team really appreciates it. It is good to know you find us cost effective. I agree Skipper Chris has a great sense of humour and can be very entertaining. A close up view of the carvings can be rare as it is very weather dependent. You must have had a calm day to get as close as a kayak.
    Written 22 December 2022
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    ScoopNSony
    Havelock North, New Zealand83 contributions
    What a fantastic trip on Lake Taupo. Group of 8 from all over NZ who were in Taupo for the long weekend. Surprisingly only 1 had actually been on the lake. Highly recommend this trip, it was a cold day so we dressed warmly, skipper was friendly and shared his local and historical knowledge well.
    We had originally booked to sail however due to lake levels this wasn’t possible, company kept us informed and moved our booking to another boat.
    Highly recommend Sail Barbary
    Written 8 June 2021
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    Thank you very much for your wonderful review. The skipper will be very pleased to learn you enjoyed his informative commentary. It is good to know that we have now introduced Lake Taupo to some new people. Hopefully when we get more water in the lake, we can take you out sailing this Summer maybe for a relaxing sunset trip :)
    Written 10 June 2021
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