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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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Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
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Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
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$28.91 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Absolutely 💯 worth seeing 👌
The most memorable parts for me and my husband was, the manaakitanga shown to us by the crew members and the beautiful korero from the captain. She was engaging, knowledgeable and a delight to listen too. The stone carvings were the cherry 🍒 on the cake to a wonderful morning spent out on lake Taupo. Thank you team Viator.
Rea_M, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Taupo

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I enjoyed the ride. It...
Elaine_S, May 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
I enjoyed the ride. It was clean peaceful and every where I looked all I could see was so beautiful.
star-5
Awesome experience
Sobha_P, May 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Views from the cruise and staff interaction was amazing . Very friendly staff and complimentary drink and muffin was bonus. Staff kept entertained and engaged kids to do some awesome things and my kids loved it. Worth to do it. clean and tidy inside and outside
star-5
Beautiful cruise tour...
Bodin_S, Apr 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Beautiful cruise tour very enjoy:) Clean , fresh air, lovely muffins tea coffee definitely highly recommended
star-5
Just do this!
russell_K, Mar 2022
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
Great paddle with excellent, well informed guide. Good equipment and safety briefing. Coffee and muffin stop also highly enjoyable. But the absolute highlight is the carvings. Kayaking right upto them is easily the best way to see and experience them. Highly recommended
star-5
You dont realize how...
Mike_T, Jul 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
You dont realize how beautiful it is on the lake until you do the cruise, that was awesome, the hospitality on the boat was awesome the captain was awesome I'd give this 10 stars if they were there have told a lot of whanau and friends about this ,was Definitely worth it
star-5
Operator well organised...
Elaine_T, Jul 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Operator well organised with area set up for our large group of 19, and they boarded us first to ensure we had our space Host friendly and informative during the whole trip
star-4
Nice Trip
John_C, Mar 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Nice friendly welcome and good crew. Boat in good internal order with plenty of views. Some of the larger family groups on board were a little noisy and didn't always respect Covid rules (i.e. distancing). A nice trip overall and a reasonable price.
star-5
Great afternoon on the water
AnaPaula_S, Jul 2022
Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Kindred Spirit
Enjoyed being on the water. Great way to see the carvings and get a sense of the lake. Great commentary from David. Thank you!
star-5
Absolutely 💯 worth seeing 👌
Rea_M, Aug 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
The most memorable parts for me and my husband was, the manaakitanga shown to us by the crew members and the beautiful korero from the captain. She was engaging, knowledgeable and a delight to listen too. The stone carvings were the cherry 🍒 on the cake to a wonderful morning spent out on lake Taupo. Thank you team Viator.
star-5
Memorable experience...
Navdeep_S, Apr 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Memorable experience recommend everyone to visit once. Captain was really nice and it was a nice small trip
star-5
Kayaking with friends and family.
Robin_H, Apr 2022
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
Generally a very good experience. A great group activity. It was a bit rough and cold on the return journey.
star-4
a must do
maree_s, Aug 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
very interesting definitely worth going was just a shame about the low clouds blocking a lot of the views in the distance but we still enjoyed it heaps thank you
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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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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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As well as visiting the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: