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Taupō, New Zealand
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise

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icon1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


Carved in the 1970s by one of Aotearoa’s master Māori carvers, the Mine Bay rock carvings are a striking Taupō attraction. They’re also impossible to access on foot, so hop on board a charming replica steamboat and take a scenic cruise out to the carvings instead. Learn all about the history and the myths behind the carvings from your steamboat crew, and along the way enjoy pristine views of Lake Taupō and beyond, including the nearby volcanoes Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe.
  • If the weather’s fine, summer cruisers can even take the chance to swim in Mine Bay
  • Free coffee, tea and snacks on board – and hot chocolates for the little ones
  • Upload your photos to Facebook instantly with free WiFi on board
  • Easy to find departure point near the Taupō visitor center
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Coffee and/or Tea
Ernest Kemp Cruises , Berth 2/65 Redoubt Street, Taupō 3351, New Zealand

Please go to the black Booking Office, 65 Redoubt St Taupo Marina to pick up your boarding pass. The Booking Office is by the coffee caravan at the Marina.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Well behaved dogs welcome.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise.
What is the policy on sanitization during Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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307 Reviews

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The carvings were...
, Oct 2021
The carvings were beautiful and so were the crew!!! Enjoyed the cruise to and from and felt safe the whole time
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We love to hear it Jocelyn, much appreciated! Thank you for your positive review :)
Awesome experience
, May 2021
Fabulous experience. We enjoyed every minute. Even the wet weather didn't spoil it. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you very much for your recommendation Helen! It is always so nice to hear how much our passengers loved their scenic cruise with us here at Ernest Kemp. Much appreciated :)
Definitely a must
, Apr 2021
We had a lovely trip . The crew were friendly and helpful. A taupo local for 12 years and never been out on the boat. 5 stars
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Glad you finally managed to enjoy a bit of your own backyard! Thank you very much for joining us for a scenic cruise, we appreciate your support.
Londoners in Taupo
, Feb 2020
Really relaxed and friendly trip , and a chance to swim in the lake aswell .My elderly mum and myself enjoyed it very much and would recommend to anybody visiting Taupo . Book online with Viator is a must as this trip is popular for a reason . Like being out with our mates .
Maori Carving by cute boat
, Jan 2020
Beautiful boat ride across Lake Taupo! The carvings were magnificent. Would have liked more commentary along the way back.
The carvings
, Jan 2020
Nice cruise, carvings were amazing. Free tea, coffee, water and cookies. Wine, beer, cheese board and other snacks were available if you wish to purchase them.
Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise
, Dec 2019
That was a very entertaining and wonderful scenic cruise. Very informative, the whole experience was great. Loved the carvings and the whole atmosphere was great. Great crew very helpful and kind. Thank you for a very enjoyable afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you Harriett for the lovely review. We are pleased we could provide such a well rounded experience. Our pleasure to have had you onboard!
Lovely Sedate Trip
, Dec 2019
This was such a lovely trip. the boat is a mock steam boat so looks authentic but without the steam! There was a good amount of commentary about different areas of the lake. What was really well organised was that each tour company staggered the time that they got to the rock carvings so that you were the only boat there at that time taking photographs so you didn't feel crowded or rushed.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi, Thank you very much for the positive insights to your cruise, we love the feedback. Ernest Kemp has had a major reburbishment earlier this year, to keep her looking authentic and pristine! We are glad you found both our vessel and tour to be worthy of a five star rating. Thank you!
Lake cruise
, Nov 2019
This was a lovely lake ride. We were able to to get great pictures of the Maori rock carvings. Friendly, helpful crew on board.😊
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you Alison, Very happy to hear you had a lovely experience cruising the Great Lake with the Ernest Kemp team! Enjoy your photos!
Cruising Lake Taupo
Helen P
, Oct 2019
Had a lovely leisurely cruise around the shores of Lake Taupo - we were lucky as the weather was perfect and it was interesting to see the town from another perspective. Information given on board was interesting and not intrusive.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
We are glad to read that you've enjoyed your time spent cruising around the bays of Lake Taupo with us, Many thanks Helen.

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