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Sail Barbary

Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo
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Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Sail Barbary is an all-year-round top rated Taupo activity; offering relaxation, fun and adventure on the water the Kiwi way. Taupo's 14-meter high Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. Sail Barbary has been offering sailing cruises to these carvings since 1983. 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 BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi! As New Zealand’s only two commercially operated electric yachts - We're equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, Barbary's eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving noiselessly through the water. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied. Sail Barbary cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings depart daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm, and 5.00pm (*5.00pm Summer Only). We don’t promise the best cruise on the lake, we deliver it!
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Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great way to go and see the rock carvings. Nice and relaxing. We took a bottle of wine. Skipper was great. Very easy to talk to and very knowledgable. Would recommend :)

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Hi there Sally, thank you for your wonderful review! It is awesome to hear you enjoyed the trip, and of course took advantage of our BYO and brought some wine on board too!! We hope to sail with you again someday, Sail Barbary Team

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on this wonderful sail boat with Jamie. It was a great experience. Our captain Jamie was awesome . The sun and the wind made our experience even better . Definitely recommended to people visiting Taupo .

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Kia Ora, thank you for your review! It is awesome to hear how much you guys enjoyed the sail with us, and the sun! We are stoked you had a great sail! We hope to see you again someday! Many thanks, the Sail Barbary Team!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great sailing tour! Was a little overcast and a bit rainy but went out anyways and what a cool and super informative tour. The staff knew every little tidbit about the area, along wih its history and geography. Super interesting and would definitely recommend it...More

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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to give us a review! It is awesome to hear that you enjoyed the trip and hopefully learnt a thing or two from the information you heard on board! We hope to sail with you again someday!...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I believed this to be an "ancient work of art" by the Maori. It was completed in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I'm older than that.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the evening tour and had so much fun. I would totally do again and would wait for a windy day for more excitement! A very affordable experience and well worth the price tag.More

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Hi there, thank you for your review! It is awesome to hear you had a bit of fun out with us, yes most defiantly you will have to come back and play on a windy day, it is very exciting! Thanks again, the Sail Barbary...More

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lmf60745
January 16, 2017|
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Response from SailBarbary | Property representative |
Hi there, just a quick note - Sail Barbary's trips actually depart at 2.00pm and 5.00pm, just in case that affects your planning! Both cruises are lovely - the basis of them is the same, but the 5.00pm cruise you will get to... More
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November 1, 2016|
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Response from ArJun S | Reviewed this property |
It is up to you, the main difference between Sailing and Kayaking is that kayaking in an activity and sailing is relaxing (i.e. sitting on the boat and sailing). If you prefer to actually be on the water, then kayaking would... More
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gourmetwalks
October 28, 2016|
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Hi there. Thanks for your question! The jet boat rides are actually on the Waikato River, which flows out of Lake Taupo. Where as our sailing trips are on Lake Taupo it's self. A trip on Sail Barbary is much different from a... More
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