Cruise to Mine Bay on Lake Taupo
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    from 2.5 hrs to 3 hrs
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Visit Mine Bay's Māori rock carvings on Lake Taupō.

Get up close and personal with New Zealand’s traditional heritage on this cruise of Lake Taupo and its intricate Maori carvings. Towering 14m above the tide line, Ngātoroirangi has become New Zealand’s most extraordinary example of Māori art – and one of the biggest bucket-list attractions on North Island. Sail across Lake Taupo in style on this traditional sailboat tour – passing Mine Bay and more…

The Mine Bay Māori rock carvings are accessible by boat only, and can be reached by taking a scenic cruise, sailing or kayaking trip from Taupō Boat Harbour. The giant rock carving of Ngātoroirangi towers 14-metres above Lake Taupō, the carving has become one of the North Island’s biggest tourist attractions.

Meet your skipper at the harbour on Lake Taupo for this pirate-themed sailing cruise to visit the rock carving of Ngātoroirangi aboard the Fearless. Suitable for groups of friends and families alike, this cultural attraction offers guests a chance to experience the captivating qualities of traditional craft from the luxury of a refurbished sailboat. Operating three tours (morning, afternoon, sunset), experience the beauty and thrill of a scenic journey to the infamous Maori rock carvings, visiting in the popular Te Kopua and Acacia Bays en route. A homage to ancestral heritage, the rock alcove at Mine Bay became the canvas for one of the most extraordinary contemporary artworks in New Zealand. Sculpted over the course of four years and completed in 1980, the spectacular carving of Ngātoroirangi on the rock face can only be experienced from the tide line, allowing you to appreciate the impact it has on the local landscape. After visiting the lake’s largest attraction, groups can enjoy a swim stop or just chill on the deck – returning to the harbour where the adventure will end.

The Fearless sails under full sail or gently meanders, when it is truly calm, by motor. A Nereia 36.50' / 11.13m Steel hulled cutter rigged ketch, capacity is 18 pax – offering a more intimate setting. Each trip includes a swimming stop in summer or winter if your brave (weather depended). 

Cancellation policy: 
1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made


1Morning Tour
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2Afternoon Tour 15:30
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3Afternoon Tour 12:30
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4Sunset Tour
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Meeting point
Boat #14 (Berth #14, 65 Redoubt St, Taupo Marina, Taupo 3330 Get directions
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