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Lake Taupo: 1.5-Hour Māori Rock Carvings Scenic Boat Cruise

4.9 / 5

23 reviews

Lake Taupo: 1.5-Hour Māori Rock Carvings Scenic Boat Cruise

Activity provider: Chris Jolly Outdoors
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From US$ 22.42 per person

Relax and see the historic Ngātoroirangi Māori rock carvings on Lake Taupo, and the majestic snow-capped mountains of the Tongariro National Park on a 1.5-hour cruise with a trout fishing demonstration.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Maori
Wheelchair accessible


  • Take in the best views of Lake Taupo's surroundings from the water
  • Enjoy informational audio commentary about the traditional Māori rock carvings
  • Marvel at the beautiful panoramic scenery surrounding Taupo
  • Relax with a warm drink and a muffin from the comfort of your seat
  • Taste a traditional New Zealand trout
Full description
Admire beautiful Māori rock carvings set against a stunning mountainous backdrop on a 1.5-hour journey around Lake Taupo's waters aboard a boat that features live audio commentary. Relax and enjoy coffee or tea and a homemade muffin as you admire panoramic views of New Zealand, picturesque mountain tops, and historic rock carvings inspired by centuries of rich Māori tradition and art. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cool outdoor breeze or cozily snuggle into one of the indoor booths, and enjoy a trout fishing demonstration by the crew — you may even get a "taste of Taupo" if all goes well.
  • 1.5-hour cruise aboard a 2-story catamaran
  • Experienced and professional local guide
  • Life rafts
  • Fishing demonstration
  • Tea or coffee and a muffin
  • Additional food
  • Full bar service
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Once at the harbour, look for the large catamaran with 'Chris Jolly Outdoors' written on the back, which is directly in front of the Booking Office.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

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Genuine kiwi welcome guidance and hospitality on arrival. Correct local history on both tribal boundaries both Maori and pakeha influences. Great geothermal information in regards to changes within the landscape. Excellent pronunciation of Maori words in regards to forecasting history. Staff well equipped for delivering a top of the range experience. Felt safe on board and understood evacuation and health and safety procedures delivered by skipper over loud speaker. Awsome work team

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August 14, 2021

Windy day choppy lake. Skipper did warn passengers about the conditions but all boarded! Skipper and crew were up beat and positive and that lead to a good day out! Short time at carvings because of cositions and we caught a trout on way home!!

May 15, 2022

Amazing cruise! Such funny and friendly staff who made my experience a great one. Highly recommend!!

May 10, 2022

Product ID: 395935