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“A little bit cool, so be prepared”
Review of Sail Barbary

Sail Barbary
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$36.47*
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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Sail Barbary is an all-year-round top rated Taupo activity; offering relaxation, fun and adventure on the water the Kiwi way. Taupo's 14-meter high Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. Sail Barbary has been offering sailing cruises to these carvings since 1983. Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments. You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi! As New Zealand’s only two commercially operated electric yachts - We're equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, Barbary's eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving noiselessly through the water. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied. Sail Barbary cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings depart daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm, and 5.00pm (*5.00pm Summer Only). We don’t promise the best cruise on the lake, we deliver it!
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Following two ideal days with no wind, sunshine and 17 plus degree temperatures, we decide to head out the following morning on the Barbary on Lake Taupo.

The forecast appeared to be fine, however as things turned out, it wasn't entirely plain sailing. Putting this into perspective, leaving the shelter of the harbour and for the first 20 minutes, it was terrific with only the slightest chop. Rounding the point and things changed - but only with around a 1m swell. For me and most others on the boat it wasn't an issue at all, however wifey dearest freaked out before becoming quite seasick.

The temp was around 15 degrees C, however as advised by the pilot, it feels at least 5 degrees cooler on the water - and I have to say I simply had to end up donning one of the supplied ponchos. Being at the front of the boat too only added to the issue in that soime waves kindly splashed all over us.

But whatever you do, don't think this is a bad thing. More to the point it is all a part of sailing, what with the Barbary listing significantly to the point where the water was within a few centimetres of the deck. It was really great with all bar my wife loving it.

The pilot offered a wealth of information along with a few stories (when prompted) about her lengthy sailing career.

Bottom line: Do it!

Thank cuspub
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

I did this trip with kiwi experience, and it was a fantastic evening!! We had a special evening ride for those of us on the kiwi experience. We took a few beers & wine (not sure if you can always drink on-board best to check) and enjoyed the sunset over taupo. The Maori carvings were beautiful well worth a look. We also had a little bbq on board, nothing fancy but a really nice way to spend the evening! Certainly value for money! The skippers were awesome too!!

Thank LadyV92
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Barbary is a lovely sail boat. Unfortunately on our day there was no wind so we used motor. Very relaxing (I even had a cat nap). Carvings gorgeous. My 13 year old boy got to take the wheel for part of the trip so that was a highlight. We did this as part of a package with whitewater rafting so we did the rafting in the morning and the sailing in the afternoon which was an ideal way to do it - relax and recover after the more exciting and physical morning activity.

Thank AJBanf
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Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Had a lovely time on the water. Skipper Sarah was very friendly and informative. We didn't have the best weather for it, but the padded ponchos and the complimentary hot drink on board certainly kept off the chill.

Thank Christopher O
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Skipper Sara was a great source of information about the lake, the carvings, and general history of the area. She was also a great host, and was safety minded. It was a smooth ride and a beautiful day to be out sailing. The carvings were amazing and a thrill to see up close and personal. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Some people need to learn to pay attention to a guide , and not be rude by talking while they are giving others valuable insight. I apologize for the one's with no manners.

Thank Tommyboy2014
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