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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 3 weeks ago

One of the most enjoyable activities in our tour in North Island. Great view of the lake and surrounding areas. Good value for money.

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

Hi there, thank you for your wonderful review - we're so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. Cheers, Sarah and Jamie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I booked a cruise with sail barbary and upon arriving we were greeted by two captains who were very accommodating, has great sense of humour and really informative of the do's and dont's when in a boat. My friends and I were...More

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

Hi there, thank you so much for your fantastic review! We're so rapt you enjoyed your experience with us and had fun being interactive on the boat :) Cheers, Jamie & Sarah (& Kerry!)

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Went out with Kerry oday on the boat. Gorgeous boat. Loved the ponchos. The weather was a bit crazy and we didn't make it to the Maori carvings which was absolutely fine as Kerry had us all in control and made an excellent decision not...More

Thank Nikki C
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Hi Nikki, Thank you very much for your lovely review. We're rapt you enjoyed your trip even though the weather wasn't being very nice! It does make for a wonderful adventure though! :) Cheers, Sarah, Jamie & Kerry

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

I took the morning tour at 10:30 am. Jamie was our skipper, he's a funny guy who gave us a lot of good information about the lake and the carvings. It's a nice sailing boat and there were some beverages. Price was ok, got a...More

Thank Friedi F
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Hi there, thanks for your lovely review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. CHeers, Jamie & Sarah

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Had an excellent time sailing and seeing the carvings. The skipper, Kerry was fantastic and an excellent guide.

Thank westharry13
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Hi there, thank you for your lovely review! We're rapt you enjoyed your trip with us. Cheers, Jamie & Sarah (& Kerry!)

Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic experience on the Barbary. The weather was great, the commentary from the skipper was great, we were offered a hot drink and a thermal poncho for if it got cold. The carvings were amazing and well worth the trip to see.

Thank Paul W
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Hi Paul, Thank you for your lovely review! We're rapt you enjoyed your trip with us :) Cheers, Jamie & Sarah

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We loved this experience, especially thanks to the captain Kerry who was very charming with all the crew. He was explaining to us many things about the lake, the vulcanology of the area and Maori rocks carvings all the time. In fact, I was so...More

Thank Roger G
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Hi Roger, Thank you very much for your kind review! We are absolutely delighted you enjoyed your journey with us. Reviews like this are the reason we do what we do! :) Cheers, Sarah, Jamie & Kerry

Reviewed 8 August 2017

We booked this activity over others because it is a real small yacht. Enjoyed the sailing experience very much as Kerry is a very friendly and hospitable captain who has huge experience and happy to share his deep knowledge about the lake and surroundings. Recommended!...More

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SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hi Serge & Eleonor, thank you for your wonderful review. We're so rapt you enjoyed your experience with us :) Cheers, Sarah and Jamie (And Kerry!)

Reviewed 8 August 2017

We did the Maori carvings cruise in March 2017; Jamie our captain was ace! Such a nice guy, relaxed but professional and played brilliant music! Provided great information as well as being very entertaining and welcoming. The boat was stunning; obviously a great deal of...More

Thank Laurenrhayes
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hi there, thank you for your lovely review! We're so pleased to hear you had such a great time with us, and we're rapt you enjoyed your honeymoon :) Cheers, Jamie & Sarah

Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We sailed out with Barbary at 4.30pm. Despite it being towards the end of the daylight the skipper said she'd try her best to reach the Maori carvings. After about 20 minutes out on the lake she told us her boat battery was not charged...More

Thank Morrisons_94
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hi there, We’re sorry to hear your experience with us wasn’t perfect. You must have joined us on an evening private group charter. Unfortunately, our main sailing vessel was out of the water getting routine maintenance done last week, which means our skipper was using...More

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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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