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Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

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1,386 Reviews
Lake Taupo

The Basics

Set high on the cliffs on the edge of Lake Taupo, these rock carvings are only accessible by water. Take a guided trip to the site a cruise boat, steamboat, or yacht, or paddle out in a kayak, and learn about the symbolic significance, myths, and meaning behind the carvings. Lake tours offer breathtaking views of the shore and the volcanic peaks of UNESCO-listed Tongariro National Park, and many include extras, such as refreshments, snacks, live fishing demonstrations, and the opportunity to swim in the lake. For a more romantic experience, opt for a sunset yacht cruise.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Taupo

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Great experience
Lynn_B, Apr 2021
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Skipper was very knowledgable and very welcoming . Beverages provided , good group of people . Boat clean neat and tidy
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Highly recommend
Ellie_T, Jun 2021
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Highly recommend, friendly staff yummy hot muffin and beverages this was the perfect way to start our morning
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Entertaining, Great Trip
Bryce_K, Jun 2021
Cruise Kakariki to the Maori Rock Carvings
Great cruise on Lake Taupo. Chris was an excellent host and skipper. The Maori Rock Carvings are magnificent. Recommend trip.
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Awesome experience
Helen_F, May 2021
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Fabulous experience. We enjoyed every minute. Even the wet weather didn't spoil it. Highly recommend.
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Great trip
Mike, May 2021
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
A relaxing and informative trip. Great being able to sail. Chris the skipper was entertaining. Everything provided to make an overcast day pleasant. Thanks.
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Great value for money!
Gavin_M, May 2021
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Excellent facility. Great commentary from a very knowledgeable skipper. Well appointed boat. We had a perfect day weather wise.
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Amazing
Thomas_S, Apr 2021
Cruise Kakariki to the Maori Rock Carvings
Our captain made the whole trip so much more better. He told us stories and his past experiences and the whole trip was just amazing. Thank you so much ❤
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Definitely a must
Donna_F, Apr 2021
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
We had a lovely trip . The crew were friendly and helpful. A taupo local for 12 years and never been out on the boat. 5 stars
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Awesome
Robyn_H, May 2021
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
All the staff were very friendly which made for a great experience. They knew the history of the carvings which was great
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Good cultural experience!
Barbara_P, Apr 2021
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Loved that the boat was quiet and didn't stink of diesel. The narrative along the way was informative. Nice and relaxing.
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Fab experience
Amanda_M, May 2021
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Great boat trip and fabulous guide who answered any questions we had and was full of great facts about the Maori carvings 😁
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Stunning
Ruby_M, Apr 2021
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Absolutely stunning the captain is so experienced. The ladies were helpful I loved it. They were knowledgeable about the area as well.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings are popular with travelers interested in Maori culture.

  • Kayaking tours are suitable for beginners, and equipment is provided.

  • Note that weather conditions on Lake Taupo can be changeable, so it’s best to bring a warm outer layer with you, even in summer.

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How to Get There

The carvings are situated in the lakeside cliffs near Mine Bay, on the north shore of the lake. Access is by boat only. Boats typically depart from Lake Taupo Marina near Redoubt Street. There are several kayak launch points near Acacia Bay Road, south of Taupo.

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When to Get There

Go early in the morning or in the evening when there is less boat traffic on the lake. Evening sailings are particularly picturesque, thanks to the soft glow of sunset.

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Delve into Maori Culture in Taupo

For visitors interested in learning more about and the Maori culture and history, there are several popular sights in the Taupo region. Admire the craftsmanship of the intricately carved Te Aroha o Rongoheikume meeting house at Taupo Museum, see the remains of a Maori fortified village at Opotaka Historic Reserve, or watch a traditional kapa haka performance, which includes singing, dancing, and chanting.

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