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Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings Tours and Activities

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Measuring more than 33 feet (10 meters) high, these mammoth Maori sculptures were chiseled into the rocks on the edge of Lake Taupo in the late 1970s. Created by master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, the carvings depict Ngatoroirangi, who is said to have guided the Te Arawa tribes from their Polynesian homeland to New Zealand.

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Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo

Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo

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Cruise around the scenic bays of Lake Taupo and admire the Maori Rock Carvings during this boat tour. Aboard the boat, listen to informative commentary about the ecology, volcanology, and cultural history of the area. Admire the impressive views of the snowy mountain tops of the UNESCO-listed Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo's picturesque shores. See the Maori Rock Carvings depicting the legends of the local Tuwharetoa tribe. Choose from morning departure (includes tea) or afternoon departure (includes a fishing demonstration).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.82
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Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise

Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise

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Carved in the 1970s by one of Aotearoa’s master Māori carvers, the Mine Bay rock carvings are a striking Taupō attraction. They’re also impossible to access on foot, so hop on board a charming replica steamboat and take a scenic cruise out to the carvings instead. Learn all about the history and the myths behind the carvings from your steamboat crew, and along the way enjoy pristine views of Lake Taupō and beyond, including the nearby volcanoes Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo

Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo

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Relax aboard a sailing yacht on Great Lake Taupo during this sightseeing cruise to Maori rock carvings. Accessible solely by water, this impressive rock art on the cliffs of Mine Bay was created by a master carver in 1976. You’ll come up close to the 22-foot-high (10-meter) gallery and enjoy postcard views from the deck. Relax with a complimentary glass of wine or beer if you sail in the evening.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.15
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Cruise Kakariki to the Maori Rock Carvings

Cruise Kakariki to the Maori Rock Carvings

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We have been cruising to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings since 1982. This all-year-round activity offers relaxation, fun and adventure on the water, the Kiwi way. Get right up close to this culturally significant 46 foot (14m) high rock art. Excellent, amusing and current commentary on Lake Taupo, the volcanoes and the carvings.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.27
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The Maori Carvings Half Day Kayak

The Maori Carvings Half Day Kayak

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Take in the scenery of Lake Taupo during this half-day kayaking tour from Taupo. After a brief paddling lesson, set out in your kayak from Jerusalem Bay. Follow your guide along the shoreline of New Zealand’s largest lake to rock cliffs where you can see Maori carvings. Stop at a scenic spot for snacks and an optional swim on a tour that is suitable for all levels of experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Kindred Spirit

Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Kindred Spirit

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Experience the beauty of a scenic sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings, one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings in the world. Only view-able from the water, the likeness of Ngātoroirangi towers 14-meters above Lake Taupō, surrounded by over 40 smaller carvings.. Escape from hectic life for a while and enjoy the breathtaking views around. Relax on Lake Taupōs largest charter yacht “Kindred Spirit” and enjoy the superior comfort with a large deck space and a lounge under deck for up to 12 people. Listen to our experienced skippers and learn about the history of the lake. Give the crew a hand hoisting the sails and take a turn on the wheel or just snuggle under some blankets and enjoy the wide selection of drinks. Kindred Spirit sails under full sails as much as possible or gently meanders, when it is truly calm, by a quite inboard diesel engine. Take a dip and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the largest freshwater lake in Australasia (weather dependent).
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cape Kidnappers Experience - Overnight [3 Day Tour]

Cape Kidnappers Experience - Overnight [3 Day Tour]

A huge range of family attractions for adults and kids, adventure and adrenaline activities, as well as peaceful nature-based experiences that will get you back in touch with the real world. A rich cultural history and locals who love to share it with visitors. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Taupō making it one of the best holiday destinations in New Zealand. Visit Cape Kidnappers the world’s largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony. Ride in style and comfort over picturesque Cape Kidnappers Station in air-conditioned 4 x 4 vehicles – traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breath taking views. On return, experience Napier’s Art Deco heritage. Visit the world famous sights, suburbs, buildings and landmarks of our town.
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  • 3 days
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Lake Taupō Voyager Experience

Lake Taupō Voyager Experience

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Marvel at the breath-taking geothermal scenery, stunning waterfalls and World Heritage-listed forest reserves, located in the centre of New Zealand’s north island lies the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. A land of fire and ice, Lake Taupō, a stunning natural cauldron, is ringed by snow-capped mountains, and surrounded by geothermal ‘hot spots’, bubbling mud pools, fumaroles and hot springs. Get right up close to explore lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise around the Western Bays of the Lake to see the huge Māori rock carving at Mine Bay.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$301.90
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Taupō Rover Experience - Overnight [2 Day Tour]

Taupō Rover Experience - Overnight [2 Day Tour]

A huge range of family attractions for adults and kids, adventure and adrenaline activities, as well as peaceful nature-based experiences that will get you back in touch with the real world. A rich cultural history and locals who love to share it with visitors. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Taupō making it one of the best holiday destinations in New Zealand.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$907.21
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Experience - Overnight [2 Day Tour]

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Experience - Overnight [2 Day Tour]

Tongariro National Park is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery. Unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu ensure the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered a world-renowned trek. The Must-Haves For Your Trek: Tongariro National Park can be subject to unpredictable weather, and conditions can change quickly. It is important that all walkers carry the essentials for their journey across. Take: Food and plenty of fluid, especially in the summer months. If you are planning on completing any of the summit tracks, ensure you have additional water supplies. Waterproof and wind-proof raincoat and trousers Strong, sturdy boots (you will be trekking over uneven volcanic terrain) Warm clothing layers:woollen or polypropylene thermals and fleece Hat and gloves Sunscreen and sunglasses First Aid Kit Map Cellphone
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  • 2 days
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 10 Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings costs USD 25.82. Guided Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings tours start around USD 25.82 per person. See all 10 Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings tickets and tours on Viator.
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