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Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo

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US$ 32.01
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    What to Expect
    Your trip will take you from the Taupo Marina along the northern shores of Lake Taupo and on to Wharewaka Point (4 mile bay). From here we cross the main bay of Tapuaeharuru out to Rangatira Point and on to beautiful Mine Bay where we will see the famous Maori rock carvings. As you travel along Mine Bay you will notice a ledge 111 feet (34 m) above the water line where the lake level was thousands of years ago. The return trip back to the harbor is along the western shoreline past picturesque Acacia Bay. Morning departures feature tea or coffee and a hot muffin to warm you up and afternoon departures have a fishing demonstration. Passengers are welcome to participate in a brief bit of fishing after the demonstration, but must hold a valid Taupo fishing license (see Additional Info for more details).

    The Lake is 25 miles (40 km) long, 18 miles (30 km) wide and 610 feet (186 m) at its deepest point. The surface area is 388 square miles (625 square km). Many hot water areas can be seen along the northern and southern ends of the lake and a natural hot water beach runs along the lake front of the Taupo Township. These springs occur naturally as a result of the volcanic fault line which forms part of the Pacific Volcanic fault. Vertical features in the rock formations caused by heat dissipation can be clearly seen in Kaiapo bay. The heat fractures pushed around to form a fan in the volcanic core in Whakaipo bay which is exposed due to the drop in the eastern side of the Crater Lake. The Maori rock carvings were commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth Arts Council in 1980 and were created by members of the local Tuwharetoa tribe to represent many of their legends. The carvings feature mostly ‘Taniwha’ the protectors of the Lake whose power extends to include the island of Motutaiko where many tribal chiefs are buried. From here, we return back to the Lake Taupo Boat Harbor.
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    Departure Point
    Lake Taupo Cruises, 65 Redoubt St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Live commentary on board
    • Entry/Admission - Maori Rock Carvings
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Taupo district fishing license (see Additional Info)
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    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
    • A Taupo district fishing license is required to fish in Lake Taupo. 24-hour non-resident licenses may be purchased online through the New Zealand Department of Conservation or in person at various locations.
    • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 85 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    The rough weather made it an exciting trip out, we were really buffetted about, but the skipper was in excellent control and for those who don’t mind a bit of chop, it was fun. The carvings are amazing, the history of these people and their...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank KiwiVix
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Sometimes it feels a bit funny to be a tourist in your own country, But it can be so rewarding. My wife and i did this cruise on a beautiful Saturday morning and are so glad we did. Informative, interesting, stunning scenery - get the...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank nadnerb638
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Thank you for joining us on a cruise and for the great review, we really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This was a lovely excursion with the kids these holidays. Even though the weather wasn’t perfect it was still a pleasant day. What a great price too! The kids got to drive the boat which they loved. The treasure hunt also kept them entertained in...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank TogetherForever1
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Our cruise is fantastic holiday entertainment even when the weather isn't so great. Glad you took advantage of the holiday deal and had an enjoyable cruise.

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The crew are very friendly and interesting and boat is very comfy. Catching the trout made my brothers afternoon. The free tea, coffee and muffins were excellent. We went on a very quiet day with only about 15 people on the boat. I can imagine...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Mark H
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Catching a trout is certainly a bonus on the cruise, I'm glad you experienced it!

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Loved every minute of the Scenic Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings. Very informative and would definitely recommend Chris Jolly Outdoors on your next cruise.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Roxanne P
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Thanks Roxanne, glad you enjoyed the cruise!

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    Response from Graham M | Reviewed this property |
    Certainly are - they are made very welcome
    9 October 2018|
    Response from TaniaEdwards49 | Reviewed this property |
    I think they do like 3 or four trips a day however ther are 3 or 4 different boats that do the same trip.
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