We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ernest Kemp Cruises
Booking unavailable on TripAdvisor

Want other options you can book now?
All photos (234)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“cocktail cruise”(18 reviews)
“biscuits”(20 reviews)
65 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-378 9222
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 February 2016

What tremendous fun we had earlier thus evening on this boat trip, out onto Lake Taupo and to see the Zmaori stone carvings. The skipper and his crew gave us a wonderful time, telling us about the volcanic eruption and the creation of the make...More

2  Thank dormiegal
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 19 April 2015

Jane and the rest of the booking team are a delight. Sadly the little small minded rude and ignorant captain on the 14 April 2015 needs to get an education. He advised that he was not responsible for anyone on board. Wrong. Under NZ law...More

5  Thank Angela and Mike R
Reviews (332)
Filter reviews
315 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews maori rock carvings cocktail cruise biscuits lake taupo hour cruise steam boat great cruise smaller boat wine or beer free tea informative commentary nice boat boat trip couple of hours friendly crew two hours beautiful lake
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 315 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I took the 5pm cocktail cruise out to the Māori rock carvings; it was a beautiful trip with lovely crew. The only downfall was that it's advertised as a cocktail cruise but doesn't serve cocktails! You get complimentary beer and wine, but...More

Thank NZAdventurerNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great trip out to the Rock carvings, nice boat small but plenty of seats, great views of lake Taupo, was a bit concerning seeing the captain on his phone allot,

Thank Hoffy001
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Taking the slow boat to the Maori carvings was relaxing on a beautiful day like we had today. Be aware-there is no marine life as such so you just need to just kick back and enjoy the trip itself.

Thank justjans
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our morning cruise on the lake, and the Maori Rock Carvings are particularly nice to see. Staff were excellent, as was the hot chocolate on board!

Thank olliemumby
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Iconic little boat... we just rocked up and got tickets! Leisurely cruise - well worth it, had great weather for this trip.

Thank AudreyTasker
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Great cruise out to the rock carvings! A must do in Lake Taupo. Beautiful day and there is coffee and tea and biscuits on board

Thank bbluxetravel
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We took the Sunday morning cruise at 10:30 and had a very enjoyable two hours around the lake. It included the Maori Rock carvings and some interesting information about the lake and how it came into being. Well worth the price paid and the time.

Thank New_South_Woodies
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This was the first day of our trip that was a bit cold and it was somehow suitable to rug up and enjoy the trip on the steamer. (To be fair, it wasn't that cold, just cool enough to add to the atmosphere.) The staff...More

Thank 627kima
Reviewed 14 August 2018

This company has steamboats that take you on to the Maori carvings at the lakeside and around the lake. Laid back atmosphere with friendly personnel and nice explaining of the carvings as well as what else you can see from the lake! Not always easy...More

Thank RuurdvanElburg
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Was great having a smaller boat to go on, crew were friendly throughout. Was a winter cruise so less people which made the experience better. Went right up to the cavings, they were knowledgeable about the history and we stayed a little longer due to...More

Thank busy4mum
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 64 nearby hotels
Great Lake Motel
109 reviews
.73 km away
Absolute Lake View Motel
35 reviews
.75 km away
Acacia Lake View Motel
79 reviews
.79 km away
Prince Motor Lodge
231 reviews
.84 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 151 nearby restaurants
Kassaba Mediterranean Cafe & Restaurant
184 reviews
.37 km away
392 reviews
.32 km away
The Steak House Taupo
286 reviews
.38 km away
Waterside Restaurant & Bar
569 reviews
.41 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 136 nearby attractions
Taupo Museum
201 reviews
.29 km away
Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
173 reviews
.29 km away
Taupo Market
38 reviews
.44 km away
Tongariro Expeditions
329 reviews
.30 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
21 April 2016|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Helen6161 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it does, and you can help yourself to free hot drinks and biscuits. Very safe when travelling with young children.
11 November 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Carol58a | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry but we rang the staff of Ernest Kemp when we arrived in Taupo. They were wonderful and extremely helpful. It is definitely a must do when in Taupo. Enjoy!