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Taupo's Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. We have been offering sailing cruises to these carvings for over 30 years.

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 bring your own food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi.

The boat is equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, our eco-friendly electric engine will kick in. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied.
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Maori Rock Carvings
Sail Barbary
Relax aboard a sailing yacht on Great Lake Taupo during this sightseeing cruise to Maori rock carvings. Accessible solely by water, this impressive rock art on the cliffs of Mine Bay was created by a master carver in 1976. You’ll come up close to the 22-foot-high (10-meter) gallery and enjoy postcard views from the deck. Relax with a complimentary glass of wine or beer if you sail in the evening.
  • Sailing cruise on Great Lake Taupo
  • Set sail for the Maori rock carvings of Mine Bay
  • Learn about the history of the art from a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy a complimentary beverage on board
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Fab morning

Really enjoyed our trip out on Thursday morning.it was a great experience as well as fab views despite the weather. The commentary from our guide on the day was excellent. Would recommend this to anyone who wants a different experience from the usual lake boat...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour

Great tour, loved the unique experience of going on the sailing boat and the guide was very knowledgeable and funny.

Thank Wenona C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very good activity!

Very good activity to do, with a very nice team. Even though it was really cold, the trip worthed it and we had a great time. A must do in Taupo!

Thank Aurora F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the sail trip to the Maori Carvings, the guide was excellent and she knew so much about the area and was so fun to talk to! I would totally reccomend! Very lovely boat and loved the complementary hot drinks, especially on a cold winter...More

Thank Maddalena G
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Maddalena, Thank you very much for your awesome review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your trip with us! Cheers, the Sail Barbary team

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Relaxing couple of hours on the lake

A lovely way to spend a couple of hours on Lake Taupo. We were on the Barbary II, which provided a comfortable and relaxing journey to the contemporary Maori Rock Carvings.

Thank cosmopoleless
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you for your lovely review - we're so pleased you enjoyed your trip with us and found it relaxing :) Cheers, the Sail Barbary team

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