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Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Sail Fearless

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icon2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Sail Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, and get up close to the Māori Rock Carvings on this sailing tour. Aboard Fearless, a sleek ketch boat, you’ll set sail on the impossibly blue Lake Taupo at the heart of the North Island. Choose to rig and hoist the mainsail with the crew, or sit back and let the views wash over you as you sail to the secluded spot where Māori figures have been etched into the rock face.
  • Set sail across the great Lake Taupo to Mine Bay
  • Sit back and relax or assist the crew with the sailing of the boat, 'Fearless'
  • Get an up-close look at the carvings and learn about its creation from the onboard commentary
  • Swim in the warmer months or enjoy a summer evening cruise with wine, music and pizza (if upgrade selected)
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Live commentary on board
Light refreshments (if option selected)
Sunset Tours
Free Pizza Beer and wine on selected trips
Longest swim stop on all trips ( weather Depending)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks (if option not selected)

Departure Point

27 Redoubt Street, Taupō 3330, New Zealand

Departure Point: Sail Fearless  Boat # 25 (Berth #25)  Taupo Marina, next to 65 Redoubt St.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose the sailing time that’s most convenient for you, and then make your way to Taupo Marina where your ketch Fearless, a 48-ft (14.6-meter), two-mast sailing boat, is waiting for you.

On board, take a seat and soak up the views, or choose to join in with rigging and hoisting the mainsail. Note: in completely still waters, a motor is used to operate the boat.

Listen to commentary from the crew as you take the scenic route — past the bays of Te Kopua and Acacia — to the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay (or Okuta Bay). The carvings are only accessible by water and, on this tour, you’ll get right up close to the rock face and have ample time to take in the intricacy of the large Māori figures.

In the warmer months, bring your 'togs' (swimwear) and towel for swimming, or perhaps choose a cruise with music, wine and pizza (if upgrade selected) for the perfect summer evening on the water. You are also able to bring your own food and drink with you, should you wish.

After about 2.5 hours, return to the marina where you tour concludes.
Stop At:  
Redoubt Street
At the Taupo Marina, join a professional crew for a sail on Fearless, a 36-foot (12-meter) ketch with capacity for up to 18 passengers. This 2.5-hour scenic journey on great Lake Taupo delivers you to the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay (or Okuta Bay) while taking in the popular Te Kopua and Acacia bays en route.   The boat sails under full sail or, depending on wind and weather conditions, gently meanders when waters are truly calm using a quit inboard diesel motor. Relax and enjoy the views or join in with hoisting the sails — it's up to you. Either way, you'll experience the romance of a sailing adventure aboard this graceful vessel. 
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Maori Rock Carvings
Listen to commentary while you gaze at the Māori Rock Carvings, which are only accessible by water. You’ll get right up close to the rock face and have ample time to take in the intricacy of the large Māori figures.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Taupo
In the warmer months, bring your swimsuit and a towel, or upgrade your sailing tour with free music, wine, and pizza for an idyllic summer evening. You are also able to bring your own food and drinks with you, should you wish. Afterwards, return to the marina where you tour concludes.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Sailing trips are subject to minimum numbers, lake and weather conditions.
  • If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a full refund
  • Bring a warm jacket for cool weather or wind.
  • Bring a towel and swimwear.
  • Light Refreshments can be purchased from the cheapest bar on the Lake or you can also bring your own light refreshments for your convenience.
  • The operator reserves the right to upgrade passengers to his other sailing yacht Kindred Spirit should weather conditions, demand or other circumstances require it. No extra costs will apply. The trip at 9.30am or 12.30pm might be postponed by 30min in such circumstances.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Taupo Sailing Adventures
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Maori Rock Carvings - Taupo Sailing Adventures - Sail Fearless?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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  • "Great Trip, reasonable price, relaxed atmosphere, great way to start the day, guide very friendly and accommodating." See review
  • "Nice trip to visit the mauri rock carvings by boat with time for a quick dip if you wanted to." See review


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A Great Day on the Lake
, Mar 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our day of sun, wind, and sail. Our skipper, Sara, was well-verses in the geological history of the lake and in the significance of the carvings, which were impressive. Our sail was over the lunch hour and the beer, wine and pizza were very good.
Wonderful Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour
, Mar 2020
We loved the Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour. Ian was a fantastic captain. He provided interesting facts about the area and carvings. Plenty of pizza and drinks for everyone (this was a nice free offering). Would highly recommend this sailing tour.
Aussie travels
, Mar 2020
We can’t recommend this enough ! the sunset cruise is great valve , Jess and her partner were the prefect hosts and their local knowledge very interesting and informative thanks so much
Rock carvings and pizza
, Feb 2020
Totally enjoyed our trip. First time on a sailboat and it was throughly enjoyable. The rock carvings are quite interesting and the views on the boat ride out are amazing. We had pretty low expectations for the pizza but it was actually quite good. Got a bit chilly on the way back in and they even had blankets available for us.
Swimming in brilliant waters
, Feb 2020
Great trip, pizza on the way Motoring (not sailing because of the wind direction) our to the carvings, got lots of the history and spent a fair amount of time there. Then went for a swim around the corner from the carving in brilliant clear waters. Then motored 10min and then sailed back.
, Feb 2020
Fantastic evening Great hosts Just perfect guys (I suppose tea could be an option) Thank you ... :-)
Best Sailing experience
, Feb 2020
Awesome tour with a very knowledgable guide. Enjoyed every moment. Thoroughly recommend to everyone.
Superb trip
, Feb 2020
Superb trip, if you’re in Taupo you have to do this one. The lady captain made us most welcome. Her knowledge of Lake Taupo and the carvings is amazing
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour, peaceful, interesting and pleasant with an incredibly knowledgeable guide. The history was fascinating and really came alive
, Feb 2020
Awesome experience. So peaceful on the lake. The guide was very knowledgeable about the carvings and the history and area in general. The carvings are brilliant. We had plenty of time to really see and appreciate them. The stories and back information helped with appreciation. While we did not swim those who did said the water was warm - this means the guide knew exactly where to go for swimming as the air was cold on our day out. We would highly recommend this.

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