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Sail Barbary

Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
+64 7-378 5879
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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo
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Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Sail Barbary is an all-year-round top rated Taupo activity; offering relaxation, fun and adventure on the water the Kiwi way. Taupo's 14-meter high Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. Sail Barbary has been offering sailing cruises to these carvings since 1983. 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. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments. You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi! As New Zealand’s only two commercially operated electric yachts - We're equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, Barbary's eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving noiselessly through the water. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied. Sail Barbary cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings depart daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm, and 5.00pm (*5.00pm Summer Only). We don’t promise the best cruise on the lake, we deliver it!
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Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our captain Sarah was full of information and so accomodating when our first booking was cancelled due to bad weather. We were so lucky to go on such a clear day on such a beautiful boat. Must do in Taupo.

Thank mkelly17
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Taupo turned on a corker of a day for our sail. Fantastically helpful booking staff and Sarah our skipper was friendly, easy to talk to, extremely informative and in my son's words - awesome! I have been lucky enough to go out on the lake...More

Thank katrinaluke2016
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi, thanks for your lovely review! We're so pleased we managed to sort out good weather for you! :) And pleased to hear you and your son enjoyed your experience with us. Cheers, Sarah and Jamie

Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a must do at Taupo. Our skipper, Sarah, was knowledgeable, passionate and so funny. The cruise is really good value and the boat is a classic sail boat which is great (especially on a nice day). The sail goes to the Maori rock carvings...More

Thank elizabethlee3008
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there, thank you for your wonderful review! We're so rapt to hear you enjoyed your experience with us :) Cheers, Jamie & Sarah

Reviewed 1 week ago

The experience itself is a must do even in winter! Beautiful scenery and relaxing experience (next time we will leave the 2 yr old at home) Comfortable boat with a stock pile of extra blankets, beanies, gloves and snacks! Really friendly and relaxed staff who...More

Thank Hicksaysays
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi, thank you for your very lovely review. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience with us (even if the terrible two's weren't playing ball). Hopefully we'll see you again :) Cheers, Sarah and Jamie

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a beautiful day to sail out to the iconic Maori rock carvings, I went with my Daughter who was just shy of 2 at the time, wasan't too long for her, life jackets provided and kind friendly staff. Carvings were amazing, be sure...More

Thank SMulholland2002
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review. We're so happy to hear you and your daughter enjoyed your experience with us on the Lake :) Cheers, Sarah and Jamie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked this as we fancied a sail boat experience on NZ's largest lake and we were really pleased we did. Although sunny, it was a particularly windy afternoon and so once we had been introduced to Jamie, our captain, we set sail for the...More

Thank Atkos
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi, thank you for your fantastic and detailed review :) We're so pleased you enjoyed your trip with us! Cheers, Jamie & Sarah

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful sail around Taupo and to the rock carvings. Captain Sarah was AWESOME!!! So awesome to listen to and very funny. Great time and the snacks on board were great. Such a great time.

Thank caxb34
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there, thanks for your awesome review! We're rapt you enjoyed your experience with us :) Cheers, Sarah & Jamie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely sail to see the rock cravings, luckily the weather was on our side! Sarah who took us was very knowledgeable, very friendly and took a lot of interest in everyones travels, she was also very comical which made it extra enjoyable! Definitely...More

1  Thank holaengland
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for your lovely review. We're so happy the weather played nice for you and that you enjoyed your trip! Cheers, Sarah & Jamie

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

UK Father's Day gift. Amazing morning, very nice Captain, very talkative and knowledgable. Enjoyed the drinks, including the nice mulled wine. :) The sun shone and the scenery was just stunning. The rock carvings were also very impressive. Fascinating yacht with interesting history and electric...More

Thank nikiofpoy
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, thanks for your brilliant review - we're so pleased we could make your fathers day super enjoyable! Cheers, Jamie & Sarah

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a majical day and Owesome host , Yatch & experience. So perfect to end our last day:) Thank you Jamie you have a extra special tourist adventure that we would highly recommend for any one travinling NZ . It was perfect for our young...More

Thank chere B
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Chere, thank you very much for your lovely review. We're so rapt you and the kids enjoyed your experience with us :) Cheers, Jamie & Sarah

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lmf60745
16 January 2017|
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Response from SailBarbary | Property representative |
Hi there, just a quick note - Sail Barbary's trips actually depart at 2.00pm and 5.00pm, just in case that affects your planning! Both cruises are lovely - the basis of them is the same, but the 5.00pm cruise you will get to... More
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Arijit1988
1 November 2016|
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Response from ArJun S | Reviewed this property |
It is up to you, the main difference between Sailing and Kayaking is that kayaking in an activity and sailing is relaxing (i.e. sitting on the boat and sailing). If you prefer to actually be on the water, then kayaking would... More
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gourmetwalks
27 October 2016|
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Response from SailBarbary | Property representative |
Hi there. Thanks for your question! The jet boat rides are actually on the Waikato River, which flows out of Lake Taupo. Where as our sailing trips are on Lake Taupo it's self. A trip on Sail Barbary is much different from a... More
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