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Relax aboard a sailing yacht on Great Lake Taupo during this sightseeing cruise to Maori rock carvings. Accessible solely by water, this impressive rock art on the cliffs of Mine Bay was created by a master carver in 1976. You’ll come up close to the 22-foot-high (10-meter) gallery and enjoy postcard views from the deck. Relax with a complimentary glass of wine or beer if you sail in the evening.


  • Sailing cruise on Great Lake Taupo
  • Set sail for the Maori rock carvings of Mine Bay
  • Learn about the history of the art from a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy a complimentary beverage on board

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What You Can Expect

Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo

Sail Barbary on Great Lake Taupo

Customer Reviews

Derek E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great fun down roaming steering the yacht photographs right out on the over hang at the front.Crew a pleasure to talk to about the lake and local stories.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a great time on this tour. Crew were great! Very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this to others. :

Bronwyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What a fantastic day on lake Taupo! Highly recommend to everyone that visits Taupo!
The skipper of yacht was friendly, informative and experienced!
The added touch of ponchos made the cool trip pleasant!

Annette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Highlight of our North Island holiday! Especially glad we booked the 5pm sail. Crew were lovely and added greatly to the trip.

Andrea T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fantastic evening cruise and our skipper was great. Even got to have a steer of the boat and a late night swim!

Belinda T

4 star rating: Recommended February 2017

Really enjoyable. Dietary requirement was not catered for though submitted when booked.


3 star rating: Worth doing September 2016

I probably would have enjoyed this more if the weather had been better. Unfortunately, we ended up getting caught in some rain which, combined with the unexpectedly cold weather, had me cowering under my raincoat-poncho for most of the trip. Although impressive, had I known the rock carvings were actually a modern day creation late 1970s as opposed to an ancient one, I would have probably not have gone for the trip - my fault for not researching the carvings prior.

However, the owner/operators were friendly and very accommodating of my group and I, assisting us to shift our sailing trip around due to some last minute schedule changes. The boat itself is in good condition and quite comfortable.

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