Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo

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From US$28.84

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Cruise around the scenic bays of Lake Taupo and admire the Maori Rock Carvings during this boat tour. Aboard the boat, listen to informative commentary about the ecology, volcanology, and cultural history of the area. Admire the impressive views of the snowy mountain tops of the UNESCO-listed Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo's picturesque shores. See the Maori Rock Carvings depicting the legends of the local Tuwharetoa tribe. Choose from morning departure (includes tea) or afternoon departure (includes a fishing demonstration).
  • Cruise on scenic Lake Taupo to view the Maori Rock Carvings
  • Learn about the ecology, volcanology, and history of the area from your guide
  • Enjoy tea or a live fishing demonstration, depending on choice of departure time
  • See the Maori rock carvings depicting the local tribe's legends

What's Included

  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Live commentary on board
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Ferry Road
    Ferry Road, Taupō 3330, New Zealand

    FERRY ROAD TAUPO - Cruise Cat is in Berth 4, just in front of the 'Stir Cafe' at the Boat Harbour. PAY ON BOARD.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • 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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338 reviews
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Lovely morning out on the Lake
Lisa_P, Feb 2023
The skipper and crew were great, really attentive and lots of local knowledge. Lovely fun atmosphere on the boat.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you.
Carvings and Fishes
ben_w, Jan 2023
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 !
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you!
Lacey_S, Jan 2023
The speakers were not working on the bottom of the boat which meant we did not hear any of the commentary that happened. You go on these things to learn the history. You could go upstairs which was already packed and listen but you couldn’t sit which was dangerous cause it was rough sailing.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
I am sorry you had difficulty hearing the commentary - we are taking steps to remedy this. Please contact me if you are in Taupo again and we'll make sure you have a chance to experience the cruise with a clear commentary.
Very interesting looking...
Mike_P, Jan 2023
Very interesting looking at Maori Rock Carving Cruise in Taupo and lovely relax sunny day on the boat.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Glad to hear you had a great time on our cruise.
Viewing the Māori rock...
Joanne_K, Jan 2023
Viewing the Māori rock carving was awesome, crew knew the korero bout carvings, boat skipper and crew all wahine too tumeke wahine ma
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Nga mihi!
Booked this trip as a...
Jacky_S, Jan 2023
Booked this trip as a Christmas present for my adult daughter, who has been wanting to see the carvings for several years. Absolutely priceless! Great captain & crew, would totally recommend this to anyone, including other New Zealanders!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Wonderful comments thank you!
Relaxing cruise
Phil_A, Jan 2023
Boat was perfect size, ample seating and viewing from large windows. Staff were very happy and friendly. Fresh muffins were delicious. Trip was really enjoyable and relaxing with very clear and honest commentary. Really enjoyed the experience.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Lovely comments thank you!
Well worth the cost.
Alastair_P, Dec 2022
The whole trip was made great by the Skippers commentary which was not only informative but she also had a great sense of humor.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your comments - I'll pass them on to Sarah!
A cruise not to be missed!
ChoPeng_L, Dec 2022
The crew was amazingly patient and accommodating to our party of 8 where one of our family members has a walking disability and requires a wheelchair. The skipper was friendly and knowledgeable and pointed to us various important landmarks during the cruise. There were also hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate on board served with warm muffins which were handed out half way through the cruise. I would definitely recommend anyone who is visiting Lake Taupo to go on this cruise!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your wonderful comments and for joining our cruise.
Great morning out
Rachel_R, Dec 2022
Friendly crew especially the humorous skipper who kept us entertained the whole trip. Great views, and boat was rotated at the rock carvings so everyone got to see.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you!
Great trip, loved the carving and the host was very funny!
Leissa_H, Dec 2022
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.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Glad you enjoyed the trip, please come back again anytime!
Worth the trip
Stephen_S, Dec 2022
Great trip to see the Māori rock carvings. They are modern carvings not ancient but still very much worth seeing. The warm muffins provided on the way back are a nice touch.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Glad you enjoyed the trip - please return at anytime.
less than
Marc_L, Dec 2022
boat was switched last minute. A muffin was a small package shortbread. all art is imitation/ recent, and have you been on although this is clear on the advertising. Going.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Sorry you were disappointed, we will take your feedback on board.
Fantastic boat trip in lake Taupo
Karl_S, Nov 2022
Great boat trip, delicious muffins and an excellent fishing demonstration. The trip was relaxing and the staff were great. I would totally recommend for anyone with a couple of hours free at Taupo
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your recommendation we really appreciate your feedback.
All staff on the boat...
awaldrup, Nov 2022
All staff on the boat were fantastic. The boat was great. The views were amazing. I highly recommend.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Love your recommendation, thank you very much.
We caught a rainbow trout...
Holly_S, Nov 2022
We caught a rainbow trout on lake Taupo, was so nice to learn some of this history. Very grateful. Thankyou.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Glad you caught a trout and enjoyed the commentary
Amazing Experience
Allana_P, Oct 2022
The staff on board were so friendly and shared so much information about the area,they really made the trip more enjoyable
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Glad you appreciated the effort our staff go to to make our cruises the best. We are very lucky to have such a great team.
Worth every penny
Sophie_W, Oct 2022
Mark and Karen were incredible hosts and their commentary really helped bring the Lake and the carvings to life. I couldn’t recommend this tour enough!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your comments, I will pass them on to Marc and Karen
Fabulous scenic cruise
Kerry_M, Oct 2022
Very scenic cruise in a comfortable boat to see these unique rock carvings. Lovely staff, great muffins, beautiful lake. We had perfect weather which was a bonus
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you
Relaxing adventure
Sean_B, Oct 2022
Faultless journey with interesting facts from the crew. Easy access to and from the boat with a complimentary cuppa and muffin Recommend this tour to everyone
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your recommendation