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5 ways to visit the Mine Bay Māori rock carvings

The Mine Bay Māori rock carvings are one of New Zealand's most extraordinary contemporary art works. Towering 14-metres above Lake Taupō, they are only accessible by water. Check out our guide to the 6 best ways to visit this iconic New Zealand attraction.

Family-friendly boating



To keep the little ones safe and happy, you can't beat a boat cruise. The Ernest Kemp is a replica steam boat that glides peacefully over the lake, even when it is a bit choppy. There is plenty of indoor space and a raised rail guard around the deck so the kids can run around safely. Refreshments are available on board. The little ones will love feeding the ducks that fly up to the side of the boat and visiting the skipper to steer the wheel. Find out more about Ernest Kemp.

Romantic sunset sails


Watch the sun go down over Lake Taupō and the mountains of the Tongariro National Park as you drift over the water on a yacht. Sail Barbary's summer sunset cruise and Sail Fearless' sunset heaven cruise to the carvings leaves at 7.30pm and includes a complimentary drink and pizza. You can help the skipper sail the yacht or just relax on deck and breath it all in.

In winter, you can cosy up on Chris Jolly Outdoor's Knight Rider scenic cruise every Friday and Saturday. As you reach Mine Bay by moonlight, the carvings will be lit up with a powerful LED torch allowing you to take in every detail. Find out more about Chris Jolly's Knight Rider.

Kayak for the nature lover


Paddle past native bush clad hills, steep pumice cliffs and hidden bays over the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupō on your way to the Mine Bay Māori rock carvings. Guided trips are run daily by Canoe and Kayak and Taupō Kayaking Adventures. No experience is necessary, and all equipment will be supplied. Not sure if you are able for it? Motorised kayaks are available from Taupō Kayaking Adventures so you can relax and enjoy the scenery worry-free. Find out more about Canoe and Kayak and Taupō Kayaking Adventures.

Sociable sailing fun


The pirate-themed Sail Fearless is the not-so-buried treasure of Taupō. The 18-seater yacht allows for a more intimate and sociable experience with plenty of opportunities to chat with the friendly crew. The economically-priced trip includes a dedicated swim-stop, complimentary pizza and drinks. Find out more about Sail Fearless.

Eco-friendly yacht cruise


Sail Barbary's two yachts produce no pollution, noise, fumes or vibrations thanks to their eco-friendly electric engines. The yachts are re-charged overnight at the harbour. You can enjoy the stunning scenery with a conscious as clear as the water you are sailing over. Find out more about Sail Barbary.

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  • Boat Cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Knight Rider Scenic Cruise - Lake Taupō

    Cruise on Lake Taupo under the moonlight to the Maori Rock Carvings on Chris Jolly Outdoors Knight Rider Scenic Cruise, a "first of a kind" experience that is only available on board Cruise Cat.

  • Boat Cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Taurikura Māori Cultural Scenic Cruise

    Hear the songs and stories of ancient Tuwharetoa, participate in interactive Maori performances and traditional games, learn to work the poi and even get your own moko tattoo on this special Lake Taupo Maori culture scenic cruise.

    $45 - $55
  • Boat Cruises

    Sail Barbary - eco sailing Taupo

    Explore Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise with Sail Barbary. Enjoy stunning vistas as you set sail to explore the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Book and enjoy a must-do experience on New Zealand's only commercial electric sail boat.

    $49 - $54
  • Sailing

    Sail Fearless Maori Rock Carvings Tours

    "Be Fearless" and take an amazing sailing trip on Great Lake Taupo, sailing to the Maori Rock carvings. It's a great affordable and family friendly cruise.

    $39 - $69
  • Cultural Attractions

    Maori Rock Carvings with Taupo Kayaking Adventures

    Let us take you on a 1/2 day adventure kayaking to the impressive 14m high Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay, Lake Taupo. Only accessible by water, a visit to the carvings is one of the must do activity in Taupo.

  • Cultural Attractions

    Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings with Canoe & Kayak

    Let Canoe & Kayak take you on a kayak adventure across stunning Lake Taupo while taking in all the beautiful views of the surrounding coastline and neighbouring mountains before getting up close and personal to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings.

  • Cultural Attractions

    Ernest Kemp Scenic Cruise Lake Taupo

    Daily Scenic Cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings onboard the Ernest Kemp- Replica Steamboat. 4 cruises daily during summer months. 2 cruises daily during winter months. Get close to view the carvings, 2 hour duration.

    $35 - $45

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