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Daily Scenic Maori Rock Carving Cruise Taupo

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    What to Expect
    Your trip will take you from the Taupo Marina along the northern shores of Lake Taupo and on to Wharewaka Point (4 mile bay). From here we cross the main bay of Tapuaeharuru out to Rangatira Point and on to beautiful Mine Bay where we will see the famous Maori rock carvings. As you travel along Mine Bay you will notice a ledge 111 feet (34 m) above the water line where the lake level was thousands of years ago. The return trip back to the harbor is along the western shoreline past picturesque Acacia Bay. Morning departures feature tea or coffee and a hot muffin to warm you up and afternoon departures have a fishing demonstration. Passengers are welcome to participate in a brief bit of fishing after the demonstration, but must hold a valid Taupo fishing license (see Additional Info for more details).
    The Lake is 25 miles (40 km) long, 18 miles (30 km) wide and 610 feet (186 m) at its deepest point. The surface area is 388 square miles (625 square km). Many hot water areas can be seen along the northern and southern ends of the lake and a natural hot water beach runs along the lake front of the Taupo Township. These springs occur naturally as a result of the volcanic fault line which forms part of the Pacific Volcanic fault. Vertical features in the rock formations caused by heat dissipation can be clearly seen in Kaiapo bay. The heat fractures pushed around to form a fan in the volcanic core in Whakaipo bay which is exposed due to the drop in the eastern side of the Crater Lake. The Maori rock carvings were commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth Arts Council in 1980 and were created by members of the local Tuwharetoa tribe to represent many of their legends. The carvings feature mostly ‘Taniwha’ the protectors of the Lake whose power extends to include the island of Motutaiko where many tribal chiefs are buried. From here, we return back to the Lake Taupo Boat Harbor.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    If you are pushed for time, this is a lovely day to see Lake Taupo. Loved seeing the Maori rock carving, the expert commentary on the history of the area and feeding ducks mid-flight. The free flowing coffee/tea and hot muffin were a lovely bonus!

    Thank VickiShamae
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Owner at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Awesome Vicki, so pleased that you had fun!

    Reviewed 15 July 2019

    Beautiful day out on the water. The crew was awesome and showed us a great time. It was a windy day so it prevented us from going all of the way to Maori Rock; however we still got some good sailing and fishing displays.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank MB L
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Owner at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thanks for the understanding of the rough weather but sometimes it's very hard to control nature!! Great to see you guys still had an amazing time!!

    Reviewed 8 June 2019 via mobile

    Despite the fact that it was very windy which caused the water to be wavy, which in turns caused me to have seasickness... it was worthwhile checking out the Ancient Maori Carving which is accessible through boat. Free WiFi, muffin and drink are provided... and...More

    Thank BL_Leo
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2019

    Sometimes a little 'chop' on the lake adds to the excitement of the trip, especially for the children. Glad you got to see the carvings and thank-you for the feedback.

    Reviewed 1 June 2019 via mobile

    We booked this trip online after speaking with a very helpful person on the after hours number. They directed us to a site that offered a 2 for 1 price after I requested a "deal" The trip as it turned out was EASILY worth double...More

    Thank DJ j
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2019

    Thank-you for your great review, come back and experience another of our activities sometime.

    Reviewed 28 April 2019

    We were on the 10.30 am morning cruise, mid April and had a great time out on the water. As alluded to in other reviews you get great photo opportunities and up nice and close to the Maori rock carvings. The crew are awesome and...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Carole O
    ChrisJollyOutdoors, Director of Sales at Chris Jolly Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2019

    Very pleased you had such a great experience, I'll be sure to pass your compliments to the muffin chef! Thank-you.

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    5 April 2019|
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    Response from Graham M | Reviewed this property |
    Certainly are - they are made very welcome
    9 October 2018|
    Response from TaniaEdwards49 | Reviewed this property |
    I think they do like 3 or four trips a day however ther are 3 or 4 different boats that do the same trip.
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