Maori Rock Carvings Tour

from $99.00

Glide your kayak over Lake Taupo’s crystal clear waters as you paddle to the awe-inspiring Maori Rock Carvings.  Soak in the view across the Lake to 3 live volcano’s while you hear the history of the carvings,  various Maori legends and facts of the local area from your guide before enjoying rock jumps and a swim in Australasia’s largest freshwater  Lake. A must-do while in Taupo.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the Maori Rock Carvings Tour.

Why Kayaking on Great Lake Taupo is A Must-Do:

  • One of the world’s six active super volcanoes, created by a massive eruption 26,500 years ago – volcanic activity still takes place in the form of hot pools and vents.
  • Largest freshwater Lake in Australasia and equal in size to Singapore.
  • Boasts the best views of the North Island’s dual world-heritage site – The Tongariro National Park – home to Mt. Ruapehu, Mt Ngaruahoe (Mt. Doom) and Mt. Tongariro.
  • Plays host to one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary art pieces, only accessible by boat –  with Kayaks getting you the closest. Carved in the early 1970’s and standing 14 metres above the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo, the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings are a must-see while in New Zealand.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.


  • Transport to and from Taupo town centre
  • Kayak instruction
  • All kayaking equipment
  • Experienced, knowledgable and passionate tour guides
  • Refreshments
  • Photos
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

What you need to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing and footwear (Your feet will definitely get wet)
  • Swimwear
  • Drink bottle
  • Sunhat/Sunscreen, Beanie
  • Warm clothes for after the trip
  1. Itinerary Waikato River Float
    • Meet at our store in central Taupo
    • Changing rooms/toilets and secure areas for valuables on-site
    • Travel in our courtesy shuttle to the beautiful Jerusalem Bay
    • Paddle the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupo to the Maori Rock Carvings.
    • At the Maori Rock Carvings you get in-depth information about some of the features, myths and legends of the Carvings – and of course, that much-needed photo!
    • On our way back stop off at Flat Rock for complementary refreshments and a swim
    • Paddle back to Jerusalem Bay where we head back to base.