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Mine Bay Maori rock carving - kayaking?

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Mine Bay Maori rock carving - kayaking?

My husband and i will be in Rotorua/Taupo area March 14-16...i'm interested in a kayaking or boat trip to the mine bay rock carving. Any suggestions on outfitters/companies to arrange this? I havn't seen any companies...it was just listed as a trip idea on newzealand.com.

Also - any opinions on activities in Rotorua vs. Taupo. Where should we spend more time. currently planning to spend 2 nights in Rotorua and only see Taupo on our way south on Tuesday.


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Have a look at:


which may help.

For details of what is available in Rotorua and Taupo have a look at



You can then choose to best suit your interests.

The Taupo area is very beautiful with lots of nice places to eat and stay. There is possibly more to do in Rotorua - things adventurous, things cultural and things geothermal, but Taupo is in my view a much more pleasant place to stay. Things to think about in Taupo - Huka Falls, Craters of the Moon. I would also suggest a visit to the Prawn Farm - a nice place for lunch (if you like prawns) on the banks of the river Waikato.

Hope this helps

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2. Re: Mine Bay Maori rock carving - kayaking?

Thanks so much, i'll check into those sites!

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3. Re: Mine Bay Maori rock carving - kayaking?

Just to let you know that it's quite a long haul in a kayak to the carving and you would want it to be a very calm day. Lake Taupo can cut up quite bad in rough weather. And while not wanting to put you totally off visiting it, are you aware that the carving is not very old or historic, it was carved in 1979. Personally with just a couple of days in the area there would be many other things I would put ahead of visiting it.

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4. Re: Mine Bay Maori rock carving - kayaking?

We have taken people out from our B&B with kayaks to the Maori rock carvings and they all really enjoyed it. There is so much to do in Taupo and something for everyone, but you need to allow a couple of days to fit it all in. Whatever you choose to do we are sure that you will have fun!

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