Maori Carving Eco-Sailing Cruise on Lake Taupō

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  • Discover the renowned Maori Rock Carvings on a eco-friendly cruise
  • Sit back and relax or jump in and learn to sail.
  • Experience Lake Taupō from a unique perspective.
  • Free refreshments including tea, coffee, hot chocolate. We are licenced but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • In the summer swimming is encouraged.

What you'll do

Leave your cares and the shoreline behind and set sail across the crystal-blue waters of Lake Taupō. Investigate the hidden bays and beautiful coastline as you enjoy stunning vistas guarded by majestic mountains, enduring witnesses to Taupō’s volcanic past. Explore the culture, history, and sustainability of the region as you voyage to the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. We will take you right up close to the 14 metre high face of Ngatoroirangi.

Make yourself at home on a lovingly restored classic white sailing yacht, which set the scene for a wonderful experience on stunning Taupō Moana (Lake Taupō). Sit back and relax as your fun and experienced guides explain the 800-year-old cultural significance of the 14-metre high Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings.

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. Equipped for all conditions - if the wind dies down, the eco-friendly electric engine will kick in, moving you noiselessly through the water. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Snuggly warm ponchos are supplied for cooler days.

Why choose Wayfairer?

Carbon Positive

Carbon Positive

To compensate for your travel footprint, our pricing includes the carbon offset price equivalent to the amount of emissions you were responsible for.

Fair Trading

Fair Trading

We ensure our providers never work at loss and enable them to have a more sustainable practice.

Flexible Booking

Flexible Booking

We work with a flexible booking and re-scheduling policy making it as easy as it gets to plan your holidays.

What to bring?

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Camera
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

Not suitable for wheelchair users.
This activity is subject to minimum numbers and favourable weather conditions.
Stroller accessible.
Service animals allowed.
Complimentary snacks.
Wine, beer or cider or hot cocoa, tea, or coffee.
Licensed onboard or BYO.

Physical Requirements

Are you able to raise both knees above your hips?
Would you be comfortable going for a half day forest walk or hill walk?
Can you walk up 6 flights of stairs unassisted without stopping for a break?

Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be cancelled and refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 3 days before the experience start.

Covid-19 Special Information

All required protective equipment is provided.
The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.
Customers must fill out a travel information form.



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