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Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
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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Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
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Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
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US$26.62 per adult
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Eanest Kemp Steamboat trip
Beautiful sunny 10.30am sailing past Hot water beach, 2,3,4 and 5 Mile Bays, and then across to Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. Great commentary. Sat right at the front of boat so fantastic views.
Marianne_S, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Taupo

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Eanest Kemp Steamboat trip
Marianne_S, Jan 2023
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Beautiful sunny 10.30am sailing past Hot water beach, 2,3,4 and 5 Mile Bays, and then across to Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. Great commentary. Sat right at the front of boat so fantastic views.
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A couple of hours we'll spent
Ashwini_B, Dec 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Amazing experience with some great views and a lively commentary. The boat was clean and the captian was very experienced
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Great trip, loved the carving and the host was very funny!
Leissa_H, Dec 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Loved the boat cruise - quite windy and rocky conditions but the driver and staff of the boat ensured our safety was important and we were able to see the carvings up close. Amazing sunny day and magnificient view of the mountains at the end of the lake.
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Carvings and Fishes
ben_w, Jan 2023
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
The back story of Lake Taupo and the way the carvings were done was great. The real bonus was for my son who reeled in for the most part a rainbow trout, he wasn't expecting to do that. Kids loved it. Staff were great !
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Amazing Experience!
Jacky_P, Jan 2023
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Amazing Experience viewing the Maori Carvings & sitting out on the calm, peaceful lake waters within the cove. Guide & Captain was great, easy to talk to & funny - adding to the Experience.
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A quiet experience on...
Michael_L, Jan 2023
Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Sail Fearless
A quiet experience on Lake Taupo enjoying the scenery.Plus not overly commenta ted.Credit to our guide. Michael. N.Z.
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Great Cruise!! Superb fun
Justin_H, Jan 2023
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Superb crew on the boat brought us out for our Cruise to see the Maori Carvings on the Lake Taupo. Shout out to Pete and Cham for the great hospitality and sharing! We had a great time on the cruise
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This is really about being eco friendly
Christine_B, Jan 2023
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
We had gloriously sunny weather, two great guides and good company for this trip. There is a lot of history to hear and lovely scenery to be seen. Our guides were very knowledgeable and very good at making conversation which makes life a lot easier when paddling. Well done on this tour thank you.
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Lovely trip
Margaret_R, Jan 2023
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Very good service …. Friendly staff, good information provided, made sure that everyone saw the carvings, wherever they were in the boat
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Highly recommend!
Penny_M, Dec 2022
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
Really nice easy family kayak trip. The Maori carvings are really impressive and our guide was excellent!
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Very interesting looking...
Mike_P, Jan 2023
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Very interesting looking at Maori Rock Carving Cruise in Taupo and lovely relax sunny day on the boat.
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An evening to remember
Emmelie_S, Nov 2022
Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Kindred Spirit
It was very cosy and beautiful. The skipper was good at making the trip comfortable. The food and drinks makes it complete, and all-in-all a trip that I’ll never forget.
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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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Trip ideas


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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings?
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What else should I know about attractions in Taupo?
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