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“ernest kemp”(43 reviews)
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“lake taupo”(47 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Lake Taupo, Taupo, New Zealand
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All reviews ernest kemp boat trip lake taupo only accessible by boat smaller ones steam boat rock face chris jolly evening cruise lovely cruise worth the trip biscuits trout fishing two hours great trip maori ernst
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It speaks volumes that having holidayed in Taupo for the past 15years, one of our sons asked this year to go back to these carvings because they were the most memorable of all the attractions we have visited. They are modern works of art and...More

1  Thank kathrine909
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lovely cruise around Lake Taupo before going to the carvings. They are very interesting to see. You can see every detail .

1  Thank MargaretC60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Māori Rock carvings via a Chris Jolly cruise which included some trout fishing and duck feeding. An amazing experience!

Thank CheqKitchen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

These 1970 rock engravings are certainly a wonderful feat of craftsmanship and ingenuity. Best seen from the water they are large and worth the visit. On a beautiful morning we hired a kayak ($100) and kayaked around to them from Acacia Bay. We chose the...More

1  Thank ChrissyPortmacquarie
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Great story about nanna demanding grandson do something with his life that would be remembered-and they will. The main carving took around 4 summers to mcomplete, and I love the fact it will be here for many years (centuries?) to come.

Thank justjans
Reviewed 12 October 2018

The carvings are actually almost atb the top of the lake, but it takes a two hour boat trip, which illustrates just how vast Taupo is. Thoroughy recommended,

Thank Lincoln J
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Some people are disappointed that these aren't ancient rock carvings, but they are still a feat of skill and craftsmanship to me. We enjoyed a beautiful cruise to get to them and would do it again!

Thank N7394JRcindyb
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

After visiting Taupo many many times over the years we decided to do a lake cruise for the first time. I had long been wanting to view the Maori Rock Carvings. They are only 40 or so years old but non the less beautiful for...More

Thank DebR640
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

We came out on the scenic tour with Chris Jolly and it was great to go in a cat for a change. The carvings are lovely and don't forget the ones in the left.

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 30 September 2018

You can pay for a cruise on the lake or you can paddle out there in a kayak. It's about 45 minutes by the cruise boat so if you Kayak leaves a whole day.

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31 August 2018|
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Response from Danni W | Reviewed this property |
we have been to there at10am and the weather was heavy rainy, but we still enjoy the trip, also we see the special rainbow on board. I can imagine the sunny day will be beautiful especially for a amazing sunset.
6 January 2018|
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Response from Kasper454 | Reviewed this property |
either, or both are available. Need to consider weather, wind and lake conditions before making choice
Steph K
12 November 2017|
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Response from dsp1015 | Reviewed this property |
We booked online via Sail Barnaby, cheapest among the ones we saw. Plus, they have online promos so we got additional discounts. Always better to book online rather than take a chance that there will be available slots. :D