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Sail Barbary

Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
+64 7-378 5879
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the wine&pizza tour in the evening and we had an amazing time! Enjoying the beautiful scenery we had pizza and wine and we even went for a refreshing swim next to the carving!!! But the best part was the super cool character of...More

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SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Anne, Thank you for your wonderful review! Awesome to hear you enjoyed the sail with us and our wicked sailor! Also good that you managed to squeeze in a swim out at the carvings! We hope to sail with you again, Thanks Jamie and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sailed at 10:30 am on a Sunday. Crew of two were friendly and upbeat. Overcast day but no rain. Take advantage of the fleece lined black ponchos you can borrow if cold! Acts like a blanket, so cozy! Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate more....More

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SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello there, thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed sailing with us! Glad you used our ponchos when needed! Thank you for you suggestion of the PA system, we will take that on board! Thank...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful sail on Lake Taupo! I enjoyed the sights and the beautiful carvings and the tea. Strongly recommend.

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

Hi Michaela, Thank you for your review we're so pleased you enjoyed your trip, we hope to see you again! Many thanks, Jamie and Sarah

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful afternoon sail on Barbary to see the fascinating Maori rock carvings (modern) which were explained by our very informative and entertaining skipper.We were fortunate with fantastic weather and learned a lot about the history and geology of Lake Taupo. Lots of laughs too. Rain...More

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

Hey there Linda, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are stoked to hear that you had an informative and entertaining trip with us!! Hit the jackpot with the weather by the sounds too! We hope to see you again, Jamie and Sarah

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With the favorable weather on the Lake, this was a wonderful and relaxing afternoon sailing. All 3 of us sat in the back of the boat, two of us in the bean bags...Enjoyed the sights, the weather, a brief nap, chatting with Jamie. Carvings were...More

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

Hey, thank you very much for your lovely review! We're so pleased you had a wonderful time with us and got to sit back and relax for a while, and with some pretty good weather! Thank again, Jamie and Sarah

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chose this company because it was a boat with sails rather than a power boat or the paddle steamer on offer from the other two companies We booked for the 5pm cruise and we were a bit apprehensive as there was a big group of...More

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SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review, and also coming out with us! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your relaxing sail with us and wonderful that you got some beautiful weather too! We hope we can sail with you again someday....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did the morning sail to the Maori rock carvings. Wonderful two and a half hours sailing experience on beautiful Lake Taupo, in this magnificent old yacht. Well looked after by a great skipper. One of the best experiences we had in our three weeks travelling...More

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SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Dan and Liz, Thank you for your review, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us and you time on the Lake! We hope we can see you guys again sometime! Thanks again, Jamie and Sarah

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lmf60745
15 January 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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Arijit1988
1 November 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
27 October 2016|
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Response from SailBarbary | Property representative |
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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