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Carved in the 1970s by one of Aotearoa’s master Māori carvers, the Mine Bay rock carvings are a striking Taupō attraction. They’re also impossible to access on foot, so hop on board a charming replica steamboat and take a scenic cruise out to the carvings instead. Learn all about the history and the myths behind the carvings from your steamboat crew, and along the way enjoy pristine views of Lake Taupō and beyond, including the nearby volcanoes Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe.
See the top sights of the Lake Taupo area on a full-day tour that's ideal for those with limited time. With a guide, you'll visit Huka Falls, see geothermal attractions, take a cruise on the lake to the Maori rock carvings, and enjoy lunch and snacks.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
We have been cruising to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings since 1982. This all-year-round activity offers relaxation, fun and adventure on the water, the Kiwi way. Get right up close to this culturally significant 46 foot (14m) high rock art. Excellent, amusing and current commentary on Lake Taupo, the volcanoes and the carvings.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
You can design your own ideal day with a full-day tour from Taupo to Waitomo. Choose between Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave and or Hobbiton! At the famous Waitomo Caves Waitomo Glowworm Cave, you will skip the queues and ride a boat beneath thousands of twinkling glowworms in the famous Waitomo Cave Choose to either have free time in Waitomo and stroll through native forests and the spectacular limestone landscape or visit the nearby Ruakuri cave. The vast Ruakuri Cave features waterfalls and limestone formations. Feeling adventurous? Join us for a sensational underground Black Water Rafting Adventure, floating down an underground stream on a rubber tube admiring the glowworms above. Choose to add on Hobbiton Movie Set (2-hour guided tour) and drink at the Green Toad on completion. Finish your day in Taupo. Please note; If you do not want to join the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour you will have a 2-hour wait at Hobbiton
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What are the best Art & Culture in Taupo?
The best Art & Culture in Taupo according to Viator travelers are:
- Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
- Taupo Highlights Tour - Go Explore Scenic
- Cruise Kakariki to the Maori Rock Carvings
- Waitomo Caves Day Trip, Option to Add Hobbiton ex Taupo
What Art & Culture in Taupo are taking additional safety precautions?
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