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Sail Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, and get up close to the Māori Rock Carvings on this 2.5-hour sailing tour. Aboard Fearless, a sleek ketch boat, you’ll set sail on the impossibly blue Lake Taupo at the heart of the North Island. Choose to rig and hoist the mainsail with the crew, or sit back and let the views wash over you as you sail to the secluded spot where Māori figures have been etched into the rock face. This sailing trip is limited to just 14 people, ensuring a more intimate experience.


  • 2.5-hour Lake Taupo Māori Rock Carvings sailing trip
  • Set sail across the great Lake Taupo to Mine Bay
  • Sit back and relax or assist the crew with the sailing of the boat, 'Fearless'
  • Get an up-close look at the carvings and learn about its creation from the onboard commentary
  • Swim in the warmer months or enjoy a summer evening cruise with wine, music and pizza (if upgrade selected)

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What You Can Expect

Great Lake Taupo Maori Rock Carvings Sail Trip

Maori Rockcarvings

Choose the sailing time that’s most convenient for you, and then make your way to Taupo Marina where your ketch Fearless, a 48-ft (14.6-meter), two-mast sailing boat, is waiting for you.

On board, take a seat and soak up the views, or choose to join in with rigging and hoisting the mainsail. Note: in completely still waters, a motor is used to operate the boat.

Listen to commentary from the crew as you take the scenic route — past the bays of Te Kopua and Acacia — to the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay (or Okuta Bay). The carvings are only accessible by water and, on this tour, you’ll get right up close to the rock face and have ample time to take in the intricacy of the large Māori figures.

In the warmer months, bring your 'togs' (swimwear) and towel for swimming, or perhaps choose a cruise with music, wine and pizza (if upgrade selected) for the perfect summer evening on the water. You are also able to bring your own food and drink with you, should you wish.

After about 2.5 hours, return to the marina where you tour concludes.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A great tour! This included sailing across Lake Taupo, around the bays, to the Maori carvings. We floated up very close, before returning to the marina. It was very comfortable and relaxing, sitting on cushions while admiring scenery. David was very friendly and provided plenty of information about the area. We were also served hot beverages and biscuits. Well worth the trip!

Shawn E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Awesome trip, you have other sail boats in this area but you should avoid them for this one. Less crowded, nice crew and full of information as you are causally sailing to see the carvings. :

Bob H

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Good skipper, nice ride. Calm day, so not much actual sailing.

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