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Taupo’s Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. Sail Barbary has been offering cruises to these carvings since 1982.

In 2010 they started the journey to being 100% sustainable. To create a real difference to their customers they converted from a noisy smelly diesel engine to an electric motor. So sit back and relax as you are taken through their journey along with commentary on the eco side of the lake, living within a Volcano and the cultural significance of the Maori Rock carvings.

The whole experience is both unique and authentic. Being at the carvings with no noise or smell is perfect!

Sail Barbary takes you right up close to the 14-meter high rock art. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments. You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi!

Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view.  Sail Barbary is equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, Sail Barbary‘s eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving noiselessly through the water. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied. Swimming is encouraged.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

We just love Sail Barbary’s commitment to sustainability and a totally authentic experience. The carvings are definitely an attraction all Kiwi’s should see once in their life but sailing there or by electric motor is the way to do it – no sound, no pollution – just silence. And the location really does justify that! Definitely an attraction Chuffed had to have onboard and it has proved to be popular as one of the favorites amongst Chuffed Gift recipients.

Eco Sailing and Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo

2.30 hours

$179 NZD

Sail to the boat only accessed Maori Rock carving and enjoy one of the more beautiful bays on Lake Taupo

Experience provided by

Sail Barbary

Important Information
  • This experience must be pre-booked
  • Sail Barbary cruises depart daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm, 5.00pm.
  • Bring clothes for changeable weather conditions
  • BYO food & drinks is welcomed

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