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Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo provided by Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo

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Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo

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Swimming is encouraged during this ecologically sustainable sailing trip on Lake Taupo. The Maori Rock Carvings are your destination while you relax aboard a noiseless and emissions-free electric yacht. You’ll learn about the impressive rock art on the cliffs of Mine Bay from live commentary on this Qualmark Gold–rated tour.
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Sail Barbary eco-sailing Taupo
Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Nukuhau, Taupo 3330, New ZealandWe are located in front of Stir Cafe - a little grey caravan converted into a cafe. Look for a blue flag with Barbary written on it in yellow. Berth 9 and 10.
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    Maori Rock Carvings
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Explore Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise on New Zealand's only electric yacht. Enjoy stunning vistas as you set sail to explore the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay, Te Moaenga Bay, Whakamoenga Bay and Acacia Bay. Stopping to listen to Maori myths and legends with refreshments included. Book with Sail Barbary today and enjoy one of New Zealand’s must-do experiences.
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Sail Barbary eco-sailing Taupo
Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Nukuhau, Taupo 3330, New ZealandWe are located in front of Stir Cafe - a little grey caravan converted into a cafe. Look for a blue flag with Barbary written on it in yellow. Berth 9 and 10.
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  • Lake Taupo sailing tour to Maori Rock Carvings
  • Yacht is emissions-free, making it an ecological choice
  • Year-round activity offers relaxation and adventure
  • Refreshments, live commentary, and swimming included
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Departure Point
Sail Barbary eco-sailing Taupo, Berths 9 &, 10 Redoubt Street, Nukuhau, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide providing commentary on the Lake, the carvings and the volcanics.
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax) included
  • All cruises include a complimentary beverage and a Sail Barbary postcard
  • Evening cruises include a glass of wine/beer/soft drink & pizza snack (Nov-Mar only)
  • Swimming is encouraged
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Maori Rock Carvings
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • What to Bring: Dress casual, comfortable and warm (layered clothes work best), windproof/showerproof jacket, swimwear and towel (during summer), sunglasses, hat and don’t forget your camera!
  • Please note: You are welcome to bring your own prepared food and beverages
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative boat, date or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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THE NAKI TRAVELERS wrote a review Mar 2020
London3 contributions
We were booked to sail the yacht however due to mechanical issues we sailed out on the launch. Our hosts Matt & Chris were great, informative and witty. The evening sailing was really pleasant with pizza and drinks provided. Our team (50 plus age) had two swimmers and the
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Date of experience: March 2020
Vicki wrote a review Mar 2020
Taupo, New Zealand17 contributions1 helpful vote
Had another wonderful experience aboard the Barbary. This is my 4th time and thoroughly enjoyed it with my family and friends from the US. Beautiful afternoon - what a way to spend it!! Thank you once again
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Sue Tritton Brown wrote a review Mar 2020
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We went on SV Barbary with Kerry as skipper. He is a very and experienced and skilful sailor and has considerable knowledge of the local area and Maori history. He also has a great sense of humour. This was a very enjoyable trip.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Caitlin P wrote a review Mar 2020
17 contributions3 helpful votes
I enjoyed going in this tour, it was fun and laid back. Unfortunately it did get cold and start to rain, but we got a good view of the carvings from both sides of the yacht, and our skipper explained them to us well. I like the eco friendly aspect of the trip as well.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Marianna MG wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
It was a great sailing trip, wonderfully organized by the very skilled crew. Carvings were amazing, had enough time to admire the Maori art carved into the rocks and to take plenty of photos. We all had an opportunity and enough time to jump off the boat and have a swim in the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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By: Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo
Great trip, well worth it!
Both interesting and fun, it was a great trip. The skipper/owner was very knowledgeable and friendly, sailing to th
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Great day with a loved one
wow what an amazing 4 hours out on the lake. The rock carvings were incredible as was the opportunity to jump off
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Sunset catamaran cruise to Maori carvings
A truely special cruise and superb value. We did the sunset cruise with our tow adult daughters and what a truely a
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A great tour
Fantastic tour provided for the family. Fun packed and good fun. Kids managed to get a swim in the lake as well.
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Very chill
What a great way to do a relaxing trip. Peter was very good in maneuvering the boat. Defo recommend. Ps: no drinks
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A must do! when in Taupo!
This trip is a truly magical experienc in a beautiful part of the world. Thank you for Pete for hosting us, he was
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Super relaxing & happy couple of hours!
A fabulous trip out with host & skipper Peter. Highly recommend this lovely jaunt on his beautiful boat. Peter hims
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Amazing sunday
I have done this tour twice and I can say I wouldn't mind doing it again. the yacht is really nice and amazing. Fir
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Great day
Myself and Joana thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Barbary and with Skipper Peter's commentary was the perfect cru
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Beautiful sailing adventure
We had a cold and wet day, but loved sitting up top of the boat in the weather in the super cozy waterproof ponchos
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Great afternoon sail
Went out on this on a great afternoon. Fantastic run out to the point and then onto the Maori carving The skipper
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We did the 10:30am sailing and I can honestly say it’s the best value for money tour we’ve done in the year and a h
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Julie M
Fantastic afternoon sailing to the Maori Rock carvings.
Beautiful boat. Lots of information and history. Had a fabulous afternoon. Pleased we had chosen such an ecologic
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Lovely trip to fascinating place on heritage sailboat
We loved the ride. Great tour guide and stunning place. The carving is outstanding. Amazing to learn that we were o
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Sail boats are best!
Fantastic! The carvings were great, bit going on the sail boat was an awesome experience by itself. Would highly re
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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