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Kakariki - Cruising to the Maori Rock Carvings

Step aboard and join us for a cruise on Kakariki!


  • Taupo’s premiere all weather cruise or charter boat
  • 24 passengers, 12 metres long cruising 4-18knots
  • Swimming and fishing on every trip when time allows
  • Licensed and BYO, galley and toilet
  • Bowrider, flybridge, transom, cabin and duck board

Our comfortable boat will take you out to view the 14-metre high Maori Rock Carvings which are only accessible by water.

Kakariki will take you right up close for the perfect photo of Ngatororangi carved into the rock face.

As we cruise out to the carvings on crystal clear water you will be able to view the spectacular scenery from four comfortable seating areas. Either inside the cabin, outside in the cockpit, or climb upstairs to our flybridge. You can even have a Titanic moment out on our bowrider.

Our experienced skippers will talk to you about the historical, spiritual and cultural significance of the area.

Onboard we have all the essential facilities. A bathroom and an area for changing and a galley kitchen.

We provide free tea and coffee and are licensed to sell alcoholic drinks. R18

In summer we stop for a swim and our duckboard makes it easy for getting in and out of the water.

Adult - DAY $40.00
Child - DAY $18.00 (Aged 0-15 years)
Adult - EVENING $42.00
Child - EVENING $20.00 (Aged 0-15 years)
Family $116.00 (2 Adults + 2 Children. 10:30am and 2pm departures only.)


  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience


  • Meeting Point: We are located at Berth 9 &10, Redoubt St, Taupo Boat Harbour. You can access the Boat Harbour from Ferry Road (off Lake Terrace) or Redoubt Street. Free parking and public toilets are available at the Boat harbour.

Legal Drinking Age Enforced

  • To consume Alcohol you must be over the legal drinking age. You may be asked to produce Government Issued ID to prove your age.


  • ***Important Information***When purchasing a child's ticket please include the ages of all children in the notes section.

    Proof of age may be requested upon check-in at the skipper's discretion.

    We reserve the right to transfer passengers to an alternative boat should weather conditions or other circumstances require it.

    This will not alter the tour route or inclusions - only the boat will change.

    Cancellations by the customer with less than 24hours notice will not be refunded.Tickets are non-transferable - please check your departure time and date are correct before proceeding to check out. All departures are subject to demand, minimum numbers, lake and weather conditions.


    10.30am, 2.00pm Departures: Your 2-hour cruise includes a free cup of tea or coffee and a Sail Barbary Postcard.

    5.00pm and 7.00pm Departure: (summer only) Your 2.5-hour evening cruise includes a glass of Wine/Beer or Soft Drink and a Sail Barbary Postcard. You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) prepared Food & Beverages (R18 for alcohol).

    *Please Note:There must be 1 Adult ticket purchased for every 2 Child tickets for safety reasons.

  • Children Age 15 years and under (including infants).

    Family Pass:2 Adults + 2 Children. 10:30am and 2pm departures only. $116 if tickets are sold separately - discounts are shown from this price.

Available Bookings from December 13 to December 19

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 13 Dec
Tue 14 Dec
Wed 15 Dec
Thu 16 Dec
Fri 17 Dec
Sat 18 Dec
Sun 19 Dec

  • Adult - EVENING$42.00
  • Child - EVENING$20.00

  • Adult - EVENING$42.00
  • Child - EVENING$20.00

  • Adult - EVENING$42.00
  • Child - EVENING$20.00

  • Adult - EVENING$42.00
  • Child - EVENING$20.00

  • Adult - EVENING$42.00
  • Child - EVENING$20.00

  • Adult - EVENING$36.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child - EVENING$20.00

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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Samantha from New Zealand wrote on 26 July 2020

Beautiful day out

Absolutely loved our day out with you guys. Great boat and the scenery was stunning..thank you so much for a great relaxing day out

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From Kakariki - Cruising to the Maori Rock Carvings

Thank you for the great review - every day on the lake is a good day

Samantha Wiringi from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020

Amazing time!

Amazing trip!!! Couldnt rate this high enough. Such an amazing birthday present from my husband

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From Kakariki - Cruising to the Maori Rock Carvings

Thank you for the great review. Hope to see you again - maybe for a private charter next time.

Renee from New Zealand wrote on 07 March 2020

Awesome Experience

Excellent service and fun trip.

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Larissa Schottler from Germany wrote on 20 March 2020

Not happy with MY experience

Originally I booked the tour on the Kakariki boat but was then transferred to the eco sailing tour. That’s fine and all but I was only informed of this not even 1 hour before departure. What I found disappointing was that the tour guide didn’t talk to us all that much. We had to sit at the front of the sail, because the sitting area in the back was full. So while the people in the back got to talk to the guide and probably got some information about the cruise, we didn’t. That day the sea was pretty rough, so the weaves were quite big. What made the trip a bad experience for me personally, was that we weren’t notified that we could get splashed while sitting in the front area of the sail( my first time on a boat like this so I didn’t know it beforehand). And since we are sleeping in a tent, there was no opportunity for us to warm ourselves up, since it was also the 5 pm tour. Would have appreciated if we were told about the possibility of getting wet beforehand, since by the one we arrived at the carvings we were soaked. Then had to endure the ride back with wet clothes, no sun and wind. But the carvings were still marvelous! The view kind of made up for the trip we had. So all in all a nice Tour but I defenitely would have enjoyed it more on another boat. Captain still did a great job on getting us to the carvings and back with the rough sea.

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malcolmc3 from New Zealand wrote on 13 August 2021

Check with boat company before you make a booking

They asked as to re book for the following day only to get let down right at the last minute which was disappointing then was told an excuse of they were busy on the phone to a client in the u.k so only could rate them 1 star as we never got to go on the cruise so can only comment on the way things went down as we had to travel from turangi which is 44 min away could have given us a heads up earlier in the morning so we could of made other plans.

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    Child - DAY Aged 0-15 years

      Adult - EVENING

        Child - EVENING Aged 0-15 years

          Family 2 Adults + 2 Children. 10:30am and 2pm departures only.

            *This option must be made together with another price type.

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