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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo

  • Paddling trip across Lake Taupo from Acacia Bay
  • See the Maori rock carvings from the water
  • Enjoy views of the lake and mountains
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
From US$ 68.40
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Summer 8.30am DepartureMost Popular
Tour departs at 8.30am from 1 October to 31 March
US$ 68.40
1.30pm Departure
Tour departs at 1.30pm all year round
US$ 68.40
Winter 10am Departure
Tour departs at 10am from 1 April to 30 September
US$ 68.40
Paddle a kayak to the magnificent Maori rock carvings on Lake Taupo with a half-day tour from Acacia Bay. You’ll learn the cultural significance behind the towering inscriptions, which were completed in 1980, and enjoy great views across the crystal-clear lake to the Tongariro Mountains. Approaching the Maori rock carvings by kayak means you can see them up close, passing native bush and tiny inlets, then floating right at the base of the cliff. Both morning and afternoon departures are available and beginning paddlers are welcome.
What to Expect

Your kayak tour will start with a safety briefing at Taupo Kayaking Adventures base in Acacia Bay. Push off from the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay before paddling out on the lake below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbour a kayak. Take in the amazing views of the lake and the Tongariro mountains beyond. The landscape is very scenic, especially when the mountains are covered in snow in the winter.

After about an hour you will reach the Maori Rock Carvings. You can kayak right up to the cliff face but we do request that you respect its cultural significance by not touching the carvings. Your experienced guide will explain the carving's cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them.

On the way back, you will stop for gourmet refreshments where you can take the opportunity to swim in the clear waters of the beautiful lake. If the breeze comes up, you can raft your kayaks together and sail back – bliss!

The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo have been hailed as one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary artworks. Towering 14-metres above the deep water of Lake Taupo, the carvings have become one of the North Island of New Zealand's biggest tourist attractions and one of the must do activities when in Taupo. The carvings can only be reached by water so this kayak trip is one of the best options to see it.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Departure time is at 8:30am and 1:30pm in summer and 10:00am and 1:30pm in winter from our base in Acacia Bay. Allow approx 4 hours per trip (3 hours on the water). 

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile
Bloody Brilliant!

Me and my family had a great trip out with Taupo Kayaking Adventures. For starters, the owner Lisa (I believe) was extremely helpful and went above and beyond in organising the tour for us particularly with our young children (3 and 6) with the other...More

1  Thank Experience768697
Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! I'm glad we were able to work together and get your family to the carvings. Also nice to hear you enjoyed your time with Morgan as your guide. We think she is great and...More

Reviewed 6 April 2018
a wonderful way to experience Lake Taupo

a nice kayaking tour to the Maori carvings. The lake was very calm and it was a very relaxing trip. The double kayaks are comfortable and very safe - a little bit of effort is still needed for the paddling ; ) Our guide was...More

1  Thank vanessa_werder
Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Hi Vanessa! We are really glad that you enjoyed your trip with us and got to see our beautiful lake. We are also really happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with your guide- we are very lucky to have such an amazing crew...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Could be great BUT....

Hi This is a difficult one to do, as there was elements of this experience which I did enjoy and some of the issues were not down to the tour staff but sad to say, the main things that put me off are down to...More

2  Thank GoJohnnyBGood
Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Hi. We are really sorry to hear you have felt this way, we aim to make our customer's experience as positive as possible, occasionally we have a bad day. But we will take on board your comments. Like most of our other trips they are...More

Reviewed 25 February 2018
An Active and Happy Activity

We were looking for activities that we could do with our mid-teens to see New Zealand, that we would all enjoy. On this trip we have selected some more physical activities, rather than sight seeing, or better yet, combining both, as this activity did. We...More

1  Thank Kimberley H
Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Hi, Fantastic! We pride ourselves as a family orientated company. Our motorised kayaks are a added bonus as we are the only company in New Zealand providing motorised kayaks.

Reviewed 5 February 2018
Really fun trip out

Had a really fun time on this trip. We were in a group with mixed abilities which was good because you can just go at your own pace. Proof it was such a good trip was that it rained a lot but nobody cared. You...More

2  Thank Michael B
Lisa C, Owner at Taupo Kayaking Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Glad you had fun! All of our guides have some really good knowledge.... some of it random. Thanks for coming along.

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