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Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

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Join us for a relaxing cruise along the magnificent Lake Taupo aboard The Ernest Kemp, a beautiful vintage replica steamboat!

Join us for a relaxing cruise along the magnificent Lake Taupo aboard The Ernest Kemp, a beautiful vintage replica steamboat!

Highlights

  • Experience an amazing two hour cruise along the spectacular Lake Taupo!
  • Enjoy your cruise in a beautiful vintage replica steam boat
  • Visit the famous Maori Rock Carvings
  • Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and cookies!

Lake Taupo, one of the largest freshwater volcanic craters in the world, is home to the famous Maori Rock Carvings.

Only accessible by boat, we will get you the closest to these incredible 10 metre high carvings which tower high over New Zealand’s largest lake. Learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the area from your skippers interesting and informative commentary.

With comfortable seating both inside and out, bathroom facilities and a licensed bar, we’ll ensure your cruise on the Ernest Kemp will be warm and comfortable. Your skipper even welcomes you to join him in the wheelhouse and take a turn at the wheel!

The Ernest Kemp cruise is an enjoyable outing and a great way to see the Maori Rock Carvings and to get out onto Lake Taupo.

Cruise Duration:

10:30am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm = 2 hour (approx).

12:30pm = 1.5 hour (approx).

Adult $45.00 (10:30am, 2pm, 5pm & 7pm Departures)
Adult $40.00
Adult $40.00 (9am and 7pm Departures)
Child $15.00 (5-15 yrs old)
Infant $5.00 (Under 5 years)

What's included

  • Informative commentary
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and cookies
  • 2 hour cruise on 10:30am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm departures
  • 1.5 hour cruise on 12:30pm departure

Duration

  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Berth #2
  • Taupo Marina
  • Redoubt Street.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Important: Cancellations made within 24 hours will receive no refund. Tickets are non-transferable and are unable to be rescheduled. Please ensure you book the correct departure time.

    Upon arrival: Please report to the black boat harbour booking office at Berth #2, Taupo Marina, Redoubt Street., minimum 15 mins before your cruise is scheduled to depart, to collect your boarding pass.

Available Bookings from 17 Jun to 30 Jun 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

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  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$30.70 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$30.70 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$45.00
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$30.70 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$25.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$15.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$25.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$28.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$15.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$28.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$15.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$28.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$15.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$22.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$31.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$31.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

  • Adult$31.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$10.00
  • Infant$5.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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apple.j from Japan wrote on 24 June 2023

Cool trip on a cruise

One way to Māori rock took almost one hour. Stayed around five minutes near the Māori rock and then go back to a harbor. The cruise was cute and include chair and small desk inside. Hot drink were helped yourself.

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From Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

Thank you for your review Ayaka! We're glad to hear that you've enjoyed your trip onboard the Ernest Kemp! We hope to see you back again in the near future.

Seneng By from New Zealand wrote on 08 July 2022

Amazing experience

This was absolutely amazing, didn’t have high expectations as we paid only $20pp but it was so so great, an experience I will never forget, the lady serving drinks and food was so genially nice and helpful. I would definitely recommend this and will be back with family to share this with them. Thank you so much guys!

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From Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

What a bargain, am I right?! :) It has been our pleasure Seneng, we appreciate your support of our small business and look forward to having you back onboard in the future (Summer Time we can stop for a quick swim!)

gordonc2 from New Zealand wrote on 05 June 2021

A great trip

An amazing experience and it definitely worth to try. The time on the boat is long enough for you to enjoy everything. The cookies is yummy !

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From Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

You picked a good day for a Lake cruise! So pleased to hear you both had a lovely experience, thank you very much for choosing Ernest Kemp Cruises :)

jessl4 from New Zealand wrote on 05 July 2021

Cold winters day

The boat was filled to capacity- which meant we we're crammed in like sardines, shoulder to shoulder. As soon as people started escaping outside and opening the doors the cold whistled through and there was no escape. We had a 4 month old with us & unfortunately we struggled to keep him warm. The staff were great with our toddler & offered her the chance to visit the Captain to help him drive the boat. She loved that part! But ultimately the old boat & the cold outside meant I wouldn't want to go again unless it was in summertime.

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We are sorry to hear you haven't enjoyed your experience Jess, we do still appreciate you leaving a review. I just want to mention that we were not at capacity, Ernest Kemp is one of the more popular cruises and while there were plenty of customers, we were only 3/4 full. We agree the weather was very cold this week, and the wind does come through when people are opening and closing doors to move about the boat. Given that there were 3 small children in your booking, we opted to reserve a table for your group so they could remain inside if you chose. We don't always do this but I am glad we did as you had arrived after nearly everyone had boarded, in which case there would have been no chance for you to have a 6 seater table indoors. I am aware our hostess had offered the man with the small baby a blanket during the cruise, which he declined. You are welcome to join us again anytime, summer is great with a swim stop on most cruises. Thank you Jess

WH from New Zealand wrote on 30 December 2021

Lake Cruise

Pretty average cruise some commentary but not alot.

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From Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

We are very sorry to hear that, Wayne! We want our passengers leaving us feeling like they got the most from their experience onboard. I have made a note to review the amount of commentary given on the 12:30 cruises, and we will look at where we can expand more in this area. Thank you for leaving us your honest feedback, we do appreciate it.

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