Water activity

Lake Taupo: 1.5-Hour Māori Rock Carvings Scenic Boat Cruise

4.8 / 5

81 reviews

Activity provider: Chris Jolly Outdoors
Water activity

Lake Taupo: 1.5-Hour Māori Rock Carvings Scenic Boat Cruise

Activity provider: Chris Jolly Outdoors
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From US$ 28.16 per person

Likely to sell out

Relax and see the historic Ngātoroirangi Māori rock carvings on Lake Taupo, and the majestic snow-capped mountains of the Tongariro National Park with a trout fishing demonstration included.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Maori
Wheelchair accessible


  • Take in the best views of Lake Taupo's surroundings from the water
  • Enjoy informational audio commentary about the traditional Māori rock carvings
  • Marvel at the beautiful panoramic scenery surrounding Taupo
  • Relax with a warm drink and a muffin from the comfort of your seat
  • Taste a traditional New Zealand trout
Full description
Admire beautiful Māori rock carvings set against a stunning mountainous backdrop on a 1.5-hour journey around Lake Taupo's waters aboard a boat that features live audio commentary. Relax and enjoy coffee or tea and a homemade muffin as you admire panoramic views of New Zealand, picturesque mountain tops, and historic rock carvings inspired by centuries of rich Māori tradition and art. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cool outdoor breeze or cozily snuggle into one of the indoor booths, and enjoy a trout fishing demonstration by the crew — you may even get a "taste of Taupo" if all goes well.
  • 1.5-hour cruise aboard a 2-story catamaran
  • Experienced and professional local guide
  • Life rafts
  • Fishing demonstration
  • Tea or coffee and a muffin
  • Additional food
  • Full bar service

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Meeting point

Once at the harbour, look for the large catamaran with 'Chris Jolly Outdoors' written on the back, which is directly in front of the Booking Office.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 81 reviews

Review summary

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Excellent cruise start with warm welcome of the chief and staff. Boat was very comfortable. Ride was smooth and a lot of information was provided along the way. When arrived to the carving area the boat rotate many this to give opportunity to all the people to see and take pictures. On the way the fishing demonstration was cool.

March 31, 2023

This was a great experience! We had a rainy day but it was not a problem. Excellent close up view of the rock carving. Tea, coffee, muffins and trout tasting are included. Fishing demo was great and we caught a trout! Staff were friendly, informative and enthusiastic. Photo ops driving the boat popular with kids and adults.

March 31, 2023

Really worth it for the money. They tell you about all the history of the lake and the carvings and cruise is super relaxing. Sadly we went on a rainy day so weren’t able to see the true beauty of it all but was still very nice and informative. Free drinks on board and handed us some fresh blueberry muffins on the way back from the rocks! super delicious. I definitely recommend this cruise

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 395935