Taupo, New Zealand
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clock-o2.5 to 3 hrs (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English


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)

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.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Mar 2018

Awesome! Truly adventurous and vey enjoyable. Highly recommended!

, Mar 2018

A terrific start to the day. Smooth sailing Lake Taupo and having the area with the Maori Rock carvings all to ourselves. Good move by the proprietor to sail earlier than the rest. Just the right amount of tour talk from the proprietor without disturbing the peace and tranquillity provided by the trip. Highly recommend.

, Mar 2017

Excellente croisière, personnel très sympathique et bateau paisible ! A ne pas manquer!

, Jan 2017

Great trip, a different sailing experiance
Good value for money

, Jan 2017

Fantastic trip, very casual and relaxed. The lake was quite rough on the evening we went out, but only added to the fun for me. Our captain was lovely, so friendly and funny and did everything to make us warm and comfortable. A little lacking in pizza, but the sunset really was beautiful. Bring warm clothes - it gets cold! And swimming was not an option too rough and cold, but didn't spoil the experience at all.

, Dec 2016

Captain Dave and crew were very friendly and knowledgeable. It's a fairly short and easy cruise. Thought the price was in line with the experience.

, Dec 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!

, Feb 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. :

, Nov 2015

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

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