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Discover the Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo
Explore this must-see attraction, only accessible by boat
Take part in a tour that's 100% sustainable
Enjoy commentary about the eco side of the lake
Learn about the cultural significance of the Maori rock carvings
Journey right up close to the 14-meter high rock art
Guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments
Option to BYO food and beverages or enjoy the bar
Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view
Warm ponchos are supplied
What to Expect
Callling all adventure-seekers!
Are you ready to experience the ultimate kiwi adventure? Discover the culturally significant Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo with this sailing adventure. With the area only accessible by boat, this tour is also 100% eco-friendly, meaning you're getting an unforgetable and sustainable experience.
As you soak up the sun and admire the breathtaking view, you'll head right up close to the 14-meter high rock art, where you can take incredible photos and experience one of life's postcard moments. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can even take the wheel or help hoist the sails!
Equipped for all conditions, even if the wind dies down, the yacht's eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving noiselessly through the water. And when the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are also supplied, and swimming is encouraged!
Guests are also encouraged to bring their own food and beverages or, there's the option to use the onboard bar.
So what are you waiting for? Sail Barbary's cruises depart daily, and you can choose from the morning, afternoon, evening, or sunset cruises (summer only).
Passengers must be present at the marina 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure: Sail Barbary is located at Berths 9 &10, Redoubt Street, Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. A child rate applies to children aged 15 and under. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled sailing trips require a ratio of 1 adult per 2 children.
All Sail Barbary cruises board and depart the boat at Berth 9 & 10, Redoubt St, Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo.
No. Some guests have never sailed before, some have never even been on a boat before. The Operator can control the experience using the sails so will look after you well. If you prefer a real sailing adventure, then come on board when the wind is up and enjoy sailing without salt sea spray or nosiy outboard motors.
On the lake, Mother Nature ensures that every trip is different. Each season of the year brings different conditions. Sometimes the sailing is easy, sometimes it rains, sometimes there is not enough wind to use the sails and The Operator uses their quiet, eco-friendly electric engine. But which ever way it happens it always works out great.
There's always a possibility that a rain shower might arrive. The Operator suggests you bring a shower-proof jacket. However, there is custom-made, fleece-lined, water-proof ponchos available for use on board, and there is always the option of going below decks in the cabin for a while. If heavy rain is forecast the tour will unlikely sail. Sometimes there's a shower of (fresh water) spray when sailing along. It can be quite a lot of fun!
No, but it is good if you tell The Operator you can't swim. The Operator might ask you to wear a life vest while on deck during sailing.
Layered clothing and appropriate, comfortable shoes, shower/wind-proof jacket, swimwear & towel (summer only), sun cream, hat, sunglasses & camera.
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Cancellations by the client with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full charge.
Please note, if you do not show for your booking the full charge will apply.
The Operator reserves the right to cancel or amend any cruise due to lake or weather conditions, or other circumstances beyond our control, a full refund will be given if an alternative date cannot be arranged.
Cancellation by the client with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full charge.
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