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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour

  • 2.5-hour Lake Taupo Māori Rock Carvings sailing trip
  • Set sail across the great Lake Taupo to Mine Bay
  • Sit back and relax or assist the crew with the sailing of the boat, 'Fearless'
Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour
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Early Bird Special Come on board Fearless for simply the best sailing experience on Great Lake Taupō. This is the more intimate cruise option to the famous Maori Rock carvings.
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Taste of Taupo Sailing Cruise simply the best sailing experience on Great Lake Taupō to the famous Maori Rock carvings. * with FREE pizza and up to 2 glasses of beer, wine or non alcoholic drinks.
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Sail Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, and get up close to the Māori Rock Carvings on this 2.5-hour sailing tour. Aboard Fearless, a sleek ketch boat, you’ll set sail on the impossibly blue Lake Taupo at the heart of the North Island. Choose to rig and hoist the mainsail with the crew, or sit back and let the views wash over you as you sail to the secluded spot where Māori figures have been etched into the rock face. This sailing trip is limited to just 14 people, ensuring a more intimate experience.

What to Expect

Choose the sailing time that’s most convenient for you, and then make your way to Taupo Marina where your ketch Fearless, a 48-ft (14.6-meter), two-mast sailing boat, is waiting for you.

On board, take a seat and soak up the views, or choose to join in with rigging and hoisting the mainsail. Note: in completely still waters, a motor is used to operate the boat.

Listen to commentary from the crew as you take the scenic route — past the bays of Te Kopua and Acacia — to the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay (or Okuta Bay). The carvings are only accessible by water and, on this tour, you’ll get right up close to the rock face and have ample time to take in the intricacy of the large Māori figures.

In the warmer months, bring your 'togs' (swimwear) and towel for swimming, or perhaps choose a cruise with music, wine and pizza (if upgrade selected) for the perfect summer evening on the water. You are also able to bring your own food and drink with you, should you wish.

After about 2.5 hours, return to the marina where you tour concludes.

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Reviews (86)
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Reviewed 6 days ago
An intimate experience of Lake Taupo

We went on a morning sail with our little one, while the weather was far from perfect, we could still really appreciate the crisp clear water of Taupō and laid back journey on water. David the skipper was very welcoming and had everything you need...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Frecklecat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Lovely morning

We booked this sailing tour because of the price which was around $30 each we certainly got our money’s worth. The lake was like glass as we motored on to see the carving. The skipper was so interesting and informative about the Taupo area. He...More

Thank Cherish59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great way to know lake Taupo

The skipper was very kind, he offers you refreshments (beer, wine, non alcoholic drinks) and pizza a couple of times, the boat is comfortable and there are plenty of blankets in case you are cold. We had a great experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank myriamzh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fabulous morning Lake Taupo

We took the morning sailing with Sail Fearless. The lake was beautifully calm which unfortunately meant we had to motor out to the carvings rather than sail, but the journey was still fantastic. The captain was friendly and the boat was very comfortable. The carvings...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FionaVolc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Set your compass to a Fearless adventure of a lifetime …

Dave is a grand captain, gracious host & knowledgeable travel guide. He was generous with refreshments, going out of his way to meet his guests and make them feel welcome and comfortable on board. We had a top class sailing experience with epic background Lake...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maureen O
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no,but they do have toilet =)