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Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise

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Taupō, New Zealand
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise

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icon1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


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.
  • If the weather’s fine, summer cruisers can even take the chance to swim in Mine Bay
  • Free coffee, tea and snacks on board – and hot chocolates for the little ones
  • Upload your photos to Facebook instantly with free WiFi on board
  • Easy to find departure point near the Taupō visitor center
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Coffee and/or Tea

Departure Point

Berth 2/65 Redoubt Street, Taupō 3351, New Zealand

Please go to the black Booking Office, 65 Redoubt St Taupo Marina to pick up your boarding pass. The Booking Office is by the coffee caravan at the Marina.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Well behaved dogs welcome.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise.
What is the policy on sanitization during Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise.

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310 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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A day to remember
, Jan 2022
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
Toka trip on the lake
, Jan 2022
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.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Perfect, that's what we love to hear! Thank you very much for cruising with us at Ernest Kemp :)
Great experience
, Dec 2021
Loved the Māori Carvings, they are definitely worth seeing. It was a fantastic boat trip and great value for money
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
You're most welcome, we appreciate your lovely review and support :)
The carvings were...
, Oct 2021
The carvings were beautiful and so were the crew!!! Enjoyed the cruise to and from and felt safe the whole time
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We love to hear it Jocelyn, much appreciated! Thank you for your positive review :)
Awesome experience
, May 2021
Fabulous experience. We enjoyed every minute. Even the wet weather didn't spoil it. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you very much for your recommendation Helen! It is always so nice to hear how much our passengers loved their scenic cruise with us here at Ernest Kemp. Much appreciated :)
Definitely a must
, Apr 2021
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
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Glad you finally managed to enjoy a bit of your own backyard! Thank you very much for joining us for a scenic cruise, we appreciate your support.
Londoners in Taupo
, Feb 2020
Really relaxed and friendly trip , and a chance to swim in the lake aswell .My elderly mum and myself enjoyed it very much and would recommend to anybody visiting Taupo . Book online with Viator is a must as this trip is popular for a reason . Like being out with our mates .
Maori Carving by cute boat
, Jan 2020
Beautiful boat ride across Lake Taupo! The carvings were magnificent. Would have liked more commentary along the way back.
The carvings
, Jan 2020
Nice cruise, carvings were amazing. Free tea, coffee, water and cookies. Wine, beer, cheese board and other snacks were available if you wish to purchase them.
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
, Dec 2019
That was a very entertaining and wonderful scenic cruise. Very informative, the whole experience was great. Loved the carvings and the whole atmosphere was great. Great crew very helpful and kind. Thank you for a very enjoyable afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you Harriett for the lovely review. We are pleased we could provide such a well rounded experience. Our pleasure to have had you onboard!

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