Water activity

Lake Taupo: Sailing Trip to the Maori Rock Carvings

4.9 / 5

36 reviews

Activity provider: Taupo Sailing Adventures
Water activity

Lake Taupo: Sailing Trip to the Maori Rock Carvings

Activity provider: Taupo Sailing Adventures
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From US$ 36.56 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience the best way to explore Lake Taupo with an environmentally-friendly sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Discover one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings in the world
  • Enjoy superior comfort with a large deck space and a lounge under the main deck
  • Learn about the history of the area from your local guide
  • Tuck into delicious pizza with drinks
  • Swim in crystal-clear waters
Full description
Enjoy a true sailing experience onboard a classic sailing boat with a sailing tour of Lake Taupo. Explore the beauty of the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, its breathtaking clear waters and stunning surroundings of mountains, hidden bays, and the lush green of bushes and trees. Learn from your local and experienced guide about the history of the lake, the Maori Rock Carvings, and their cultural significance. Get involved in the sailing side and give the crew a hand or just sit back, relax and enjoy the comfort and space on this classical sailing boat. Listen to some music and the sound of the water when gliding through the lake, only using the power of wind whenever it is possible. Stop for a swim in the fresh waters before snuggling up under some blankets on the way back to shore.
  • 2.5-hour cruise
  • Local guide
  • Lifejackets
  • Blankets
  • Wet weather gear
  • Hot drink and cookie (for morning tour)
  • Drinks and pizza (for afternoon and evening tours)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional drinks (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Arrive a minimum of 15-minutes before departure time, and look for the turquoise Taupo Sailing Adventures flag.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Shoes indoors

Know before you go

  • The sailing trips are subject to minimum numbers, lake and weather conditions
  • In the event of bad weather, it may not be possible to view the Maori Rock Carvings, this decision is made at the discretion of the skipper for the health and safety of all on board the vessel
  • You can bring your own drinks onboard the boat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

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Very nice and calm morning on the lake. The boat ist beautiful and in good shape. We spent enough time at the carvings so that everyone could see and take pictures. I would definitely recommend the tour if you are looking for a relaxed activity in the Taupo area.

March 28, 2023

Have sent a lovely review to David, the owner of Kindred Spirit. Such a special morning with the wind picking up eventually, lots of gentle chat with fellow sailors and David offering us specific information on the history, size of lake, carvings and then the chance to go right up close to see the detail, variety and size of it all. Just staggering. We loved our sail and will recommend to anyone coming to Taupo.

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March 28, 2023

This was such a fun and perfect way to experience Lake Taupo. Awesome captain, small group, such interesting information, and beautiful surroundings. We were lucky to have beautiful weather. Highly recommend. We'll definitely do it again if we ever make it back.

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 397962