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Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

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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Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
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Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
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$24.25 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome Cruise
Good sceneries. Good commentary and plenty of opportunities for photos. The staff were very helpful.
Vanessa_K, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Taupo

star-5
Brilliant trip
Tom_P, Dec 2021
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Excellent skipper and crew Organised, informative and fun. Felt welcomed and safe in theses covid times.
star-5
A day to remember
Haupokia_J, Jan 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Enjoyed the entire trip, highlights were the carvings and my son being allowed to drive the boat. Was an awesome day out for my family celebrating a 6th birthday
star-5
Amazing day
Fiona_G, Jan 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Every thing was amazing Captain was great weather perfect recommending to anyone going to take some more family members out
star-4
Enjoyed the trip friendly...
Phillip_J, Jan 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Enjoyed the trip friendly helpful staff, knowledgeable about the area. Hard to hear if outside on the decks.
star-5
Toka trip on the lake
Liz_M, Jan 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Loved hearing the whakapapa of the area and the story of the rock carvings. Boat ride was perfect & a not crowded. Crew were super friendly.
star-5
Fantastic time
Grace_P, Jan 2022
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
Had a really good time. Tour guides; Legend and Sasha were amazing, super friendly! Would definitely do it again 😊
star-5
Amazing experience, well worth the time and money
Holly_D, Jan 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
This was a Hens du activity, everyone loved the experience so much! The skipper was very friendly, knowledgable and had a great sense of humor. We would absolutely reccommend this to anyone who wanted an affordable 90minutes. The muffins were also delcious. Thank you for being apart of our awesome weekend!
star-5
Amazing
Esperanza_A, Aug 2021
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
We spend an amazing time. The guide was really nice, the experience was fantastic. Would definitely recommend it to our friends and family.
star-5
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.
star-5
Awesome experience!
Amy_K, Jan 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
The skipper we had was super friendly and very knowledgeable about the area, we are New Zealanders but learned heaps of new facts about the Taupō! Also got a beautiful view of the rock carvings
star-5
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 ❤
star-5
excellent entertainment
Csaba_D, Jan 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
the captain and the crew was really good. they know the tour and shared tons of information. thank you for the experience

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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