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“Beautiful sunset sailing” 4 of 5 stars
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Sail Barbary
Berth 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 5879
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Owner description: Are you the type of person who loves an adventure? thrives on relaxing and taking in breath-taking scenery? Do you want the best experiences with shared laughs and perhaps even a touch of Kiwi Culture? Then we believe you will LOVE the Barbary on Lake Taupo.Whether you’re after a romantic cruise, family adventure, a chilled-out day on the lake or a mates’ night out – the beautifully restored 1920s yacht Barbary, has it covered. The Barbary crew has outfitted New Zealand's only commercially operated electric yacht with luxury bean bags for cosy seating, licensed bar or B.Y.O, surround sound entertainment system and warm ponchos for those adventure-filled days when the wind is up. Marvel at the Maori Rock Carvings as you lounge on deck or take a dip in the lake and swim right up close to this must-see attraction! Located on a stone cliff face over the crystalline waters of Mine Bay, the carvings are only accessible by boat. Resembling the remains of ancient Maori civilization, they were created in the late 70s by a group of artists led by artist John Randall and reach a height of over 10 metres! Back on board, you can give your friendly Captain a hand hoisting the sails or take a turn on the wheel and there are plenty of amazing photo opportunities.Barbary also provides BBQ and Movie Cruises and is available for Private charter.A sail cruise with Barbary can be whatever you want it to be. The one thing everyone on board has in common is that they’re all having the time of their lives.
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“Beautiful sunset sailing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Excellent way to end our day after skydiving! The captain was great...professional, friendly, informative and passionate about Barbary (which is a gorgeous sail boat) and nature. We found the sailing very very relaxing and a fantastic way to see Taupo and the mysterious Maori rock carvings. We were also very luck to see a surreal sunset (thanks Mother Nature!!). We would highly recommend this to everyone! The one area for improvement we can think of is the food. Whilst the bbq was enjoyable and the sidings good, the steaks were disappointing (a bit tough and lacking in taste) and we ended up getting dinner (again) afterwards.

Visited April 2013
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Jamie L, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for your great feedback. I wish i knew sooner that you were not satisfied with your meal. This year we are switching back to our local butcher to solve the problem with the inconsistent meat quality and we are also making changes to the type of salads we make available to improve the experience for all on board so we can continue to offer Taupo,s best sunset cruise. If you are ever back this way please mention this review and i will happily offer you a complimentary BBQ cruise to make amends. Hope to see you again

Regards Jamie
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“Wet, Wild and Windy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Weather was down and out but being aboard the Barbary was far from disappointing! Our skipper full of excitement and humor entertained us with stories of Lake Taupo, sailing and how to enjoy the experience even if the weather was threatening to rain. Wrapped in waterproof ponchos, resting upon bean bags the sailing experience on Lake Taupo was one to remember!

Visited April 2013
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Jamie L, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Some of my best days on the lake are when it is wet wild and windy. So glad to hear you enjoyed the experience, we hope to see you again

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“Very relaxing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Went on the Maori rock carving trip, about 2 hours and it went quickly as there was so much to see. Completely looked after by our host/captain, with bean bags and a nice glass of wine. We loved this very relaxing cruise.

Visited March 2013
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Jamie L, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Mix good wine with good people and you get good times every time. Thanks for the review.
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“Sunset sail and BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Liked it all, the skipper went out of his way to make sure all enjoyed themselves. The BBQ ,cooked on the back of the boat was basic but plentiful and the accompaniments were good.The Maori carvings were good to see but it was the sunset which took the prize. An experience not to be missed.

Visited March 2013
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Jamie L, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
No one does it better than mother nature, thanks for coming out.
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“Delightful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This was one of the highlights of our trip. The Barnaby is beautiful boat and her captain is a entertaining bloke who cooks a mean BBQ. There is also the option to swim in the lake once but it was a bit too cold for us! We did the sunset tour which was lovely as you get to see the sun go down across the mountains and the lake on the way back. Highly recommend - just make sure you rug up before you get on board.

Visited March 2013
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Jamie L, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Yes the cooler months are upon us and it sounds like i might of been a bit slow bringing out the blankets, thank you for joining us and thank you for the review
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