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Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

Lake Taupo

The Basics

Set high on the cliffs on the edge of Lake Taupo, these rock carvings are only accessible by water. Take a guided trip to the site a cruise boat, steamboat, or yacht, or paddle out in a kayak, and learn about the symbolic significance, myths, and meaning behind the carvings. Lake tours offer breathtaking views of the shore and the volcanic peaks of UNESCO-listed Tongariro National Park, and many include extras, such as refreshments, snacks, live fishing demonstrations, and the opportunity to swim in the lake. For a more romantic experience, opt for a sunset yacht cruise.

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Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
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$22.17 per adult
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Great Day
Highly recommend the boat trip Skipper was excellent very knowledgeable good humour & comfortable boat
jimandness01, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Taupo

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I enjoyed the ride. It...
Elaine_S, May 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
I enjoyed the ride. It was clean peaceful and every where I looked all I could see was so beautiful.
star-5
Awesome experience
Sobha_P, May 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Views from the cruise and staff interaction was amazing . Very friendly staff and complimentary drink and muffin was bonus. Staff kept entertained and engaged kids to do some awesome things and my kids loved it. Worth to do it. clean and tidy inside and outside
star-5
Beautiful cruise tour...
Bodin_S, Apr 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Beautiful cruise tour very enjoy:) Clean , fresh air, lovely muffins tea coffee definitely highly recommended
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Just do this!
russell_K, Mar 2022
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
Great paddle with excellent, well informed guide. Good equipment and safety briefing. Coffee and muffin stop also highly enjoyable. But the absolute highlight is the carvings. Kayaking right upto them is easily the best way to see and experience them. Highly recommended
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Excellent from start to...
Anna_K, Jun 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Excellent from start to finish, awesome team always checking on everyone, very friendly. Beautiful trip out to the carvings. And nice boat
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Nice Trip
John_C, Mar 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Nice friendly welcome and good crew. Boat in good internal order with plenty of views. Some of the larger family groups on board were a little noisy and didn't always respect Covid rules (i.e. distancing). A nice trip overall and a reasonable price.
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We had perfect weather! A...
Sue_L, May 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
We had perfect weather! A little chilly out on the lake, so lovely warm blankets were provided. Such friendly and welcoming service.
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Memorable experience...
Navdeep_S, Apr 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo
Memorable experience recommend everyone to visit once. Captain was really nice and it was a nice small trip
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Kayaking with friends and family.
Robin_H, Apr 2022
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
Generally a very good experience. A great group activity. It was a bit rough and cold on the return journey.
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Awesome
Nanny_H, Jun 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
My adult son and I really enjoyed ourselves. Great commentary. Nice hot cuppa and fresh hot blueberry muffin.
star-5
Great experience, Great crew
Jojo_T, Jun 2022
Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo
Crew was lovely and if I'm honest I'll most likely do it again with more of my family. They had coloring and games for the kids to do well on board as well.
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Amazing
Dawn_K, May 2022
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
Relaxing and enjoyable good value for money. Bla bla blablabla, and this ap won’t let me exit unless I say more
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings are popular with travelers interested in Maori culture.

  • Kayaking tours are suitable for beginners, and equipment is provided.

  • Note that weather conditions on Lake Taupo can be changeable, so it’s best to bring a warm outer layer with you, even in summer.

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How to Get There

The carvings are situated in the lakeside cliffs near Mine Bay, on the north shore of the lake. Access is by boat only. Boats typically depart from Lake Taupo Marina near Redoubt Street. There are several kayak launch points near Acacia Bay Road, south of Taupo.

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When to Get There

Go early in the morning or in the evening when there is less boat traffic on the lake. Evening sailings are particularly picturesque, thanks to the soft glow of sunset.

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Delve into Maori Culture in Taupo

For visitors interested in learning more about and the Maori culture and history, there are several popular sights in the Taupo region. Admire the craftsmanship of the intricately carved Te Aroha o Rongoheikume meeting house at Taupo Museum, see the remains of a Maori fortified village at Opotaka Historic Reserve, or watch a traditional kapa haka performance, which includes singing, dancing, and chanting.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings?
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What else should I know about attractions in Taupo?
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As well as visiting the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: