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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Paddle a kayak to the magnificent Maori rock carvings on Lake Taupo with a half-day tour from Acacia Bay. You’ll learn the cultural significance behind the towering inscriptions, which were completed in 1980, and enjoy great views across the crystal-clear lake to the Tongariro Mountains. Approaching the Maori rock carvings by kayak means you can see them up close, passing native bush and tiny inlets, then floating right at the base of the cliff. Both morning and afternoon departures are available and beginning paddlers are welcome.
  • Paddling trip across Lake Taupo from Acacia Bay
  • See the Maori rock carvings from the water
  • Enjoy views of the lake and mountains
  • Chance to swim after viewing the rock carvings
  • Includes snacks and beverages on the water
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Full instructions and commentary
Professional and experienced guide
Top-quality kayaking equipment
Safety gear
Gourmet refreshments
Bottled water
Coffee and/or Tea
Hotel pickup and drop-off. On request only. Please call or email to arrange.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Taupo Kayaking Adventures

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo?
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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A great way to explore Lake Taupo
, Jan 2020
It was a great way to explore Lake Taupo by kayaking and we could reach out to the Maori Rock Carving. We could come close and took picture. The kayaks were in very good condition. They had steer controlled by foot, and even a small motor that helped us to catch up with the team and saved our energy in return way! It was a small group tour with 8 persons in 4 kayaks. A good size of grouping. It was fun.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi There. Its great to hear you had a fun tour out to the Maori Carvings - the motors definitely do help to make the trip a little bit more relaxing. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.
Best kayaking tour i've ever been...
Wanyi L
, Dec 2017
Best kayaking tour i've ever been to. Lake Taupo by itself was magnificent and the rock carvings were really worth taking a look. The guide was very knowledgable and shared many local maori tales with us. The pace was just right, and the rest stop after reaching the rock carvings was very welcomed as it gave us more energy to continue on our return trip.

Product code: 36755P1

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