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Kindred Spirit - Lake Taupo & Maori Rock Carving Cruise

Escape the hectic of life and experience the beauty of the lake and the Māori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupō's largest charter yacht Kindred Spirit with superior comfort

Highlights

  • Relax on the largest charter yacht on Lake Taupō - “Kindred Spirit” - on a cruise to the iconic Māori Rock Carvings
  • Enjoy superior comfort with a large deck space and a lounge under deck for up to 12 people.
  • Soak up spectacular views over Lake Taupō, Te Kopua and Acacia Bays
  • Jump in the water and have a swim - the longest swim stop of any other company!
  • Enjoy free pizza and beverages on some departures - or purchase light refreshments on-board

Come on board and experience the beauty of a scenic sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings, one of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings in the world. Only view-able from the water, the likeness of Ngātoroirangi towers 14-meters above Lake Taupō, surrounded by over 40 smaller carvings.

Escape from hectic life for a while and enjoy the breathtaking views around. Listen to our experienced skippers and learn about the history of the lake. Give the crew a hand hoisting the sails and take a turn on the wheel or just snuggle under some blankets and enjoy the wide selection of drinks.

Kindred Spirit sails under full sails as much as possible or gently meanders, when it is truly calm, by a quite inboard diesel engine.

Take a dip and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. We offer the longest swim stop out of any company on the lake (weather dependent)!

There is a bathroom and changing room facilities on board.

10am Adult, Youth + Senior $49.00 (Youth Age is 15-17 years, Senior 65+)
10am Child $34.00 (5 - 14 years inclusive)
10am Infant $10.00 (0-4 years inclusive)
1pm Adult $59.00
1pm Youth + Senior $54.00 (Youth Age is 15-17 years, Senior 65+)
1pm Child $44.00 (5 - 14 years inclusive)
1pm Infant $10.00 (0-4 years inclusive)
Sunset Adult $69.00
Sunset Youth + Senior $64.00 (Youth Age is 15-17 years, Senior 65+)
Sunset Child + Infant $54.00 (Child 5 - 14 years inclusive, infant 0-4 years inclusive)

What's included

  • 10.00am - Morning Escape: Māori Rock Carving Scenic Cruise - light refreshments can be purchased from the cheapest bar on the lake or you can bring your own light refreshments for your convenience.
  • 1.00pm - Taste of Taupō: Māori Rock Carving Scenic Cruise - free pizza snack* & 1 glass of beer, wine or non-alcoholic drinks. Light refreshments can be purchased from the cheapest bar on the lake or you can also bring your own for your convenience.
  • Sunset Cruise (times vary - see below notes) - Sunset Heaven: Māori Rock Carving Scenic Cruise - free pizza snack* & up to 2 glasses of beer, wine or non-alcoholic drinks. Light refreshments can be purchased from the cheapest bar on the lake or you can also bring your own for your convenience.
  • Blankets and wet weather gear on all of our trips

Location

  • Berth #14, 65 Redoubt Street, Taupo 3377, New Zealand

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Please note the sunset cruise departure varies due to sunset times throughout the year. No sunset trip during the winter.

    Please contact the operator if you have any questions (all contact information will be provided on your booking confirmation email). Sailing trips are subject to minimum numbers, lake and weather conditions.

    Please let us know in advance if you have medical issues. The skipper has the last call on check in to decide if the trip is suitable regarding medical issues due to health and safety.

    People failing to show up for check-in will not be refunded. In some situations, with advance notice and with payment of a transfer fee and potential extra costs (food, price difference, depending on the trip), we might be able to transfer you to another trip.

    Please Note: The Christmas and Boxing Day Cruise times start at 3:00pm.

  • Child Age is 5 - 14 years inclusive. Youth Age is 15-17 years. Infants 0 - 4 years.

    *A $4 surcharge is required for gluten-free pizzas to be paid directly on the day - pizzas are only available on the 1pm and sunset cruises.

Available Bookings from May 14 to May 20

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 14 May
Sat 15 May
Sun 16 May
Mon 17 May
Tue 18 May
Wed 19 May
Thu 20 May

  • 1pm Adult$39.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • 1pm Youth + Senior$44.00
  • 1pm Child$39.00
  • 1pm Infant$10.00

  • 1pm Adult$39.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • 1pm Youth + Senior$44.00
  • 1pm Child$39.00
  • 1pm Infant$10.00

  • 1pm Adult$39.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • 1pm Youth + Senior$44.00
  • 1pm Child$39.00
  • 1pm Infant$10.00

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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Ebony Wood from New Zealand wrote on 22 March 2020

Amazing experience

We grabbed an amazing deal off Book Me however I'd be more then happy to pay full price for this experience again. Amazing local knowledge of the area by crew. The crew and other passengers on board would have to have been the best group of people I've been around in a very long time. We will definitely be back and we would highly recommended it to everybody we know and see. Fantastic job crew

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Patricia Flood from New Zealand wrote on 04 December 2020

Absolutely Fabulous

An absolute amazing experience from the fabulous crew, wonderful service, beautiful vessel, to the informative tour. We had amazing afternoon. Thank you so much. I cant wait to bring other family and friends on this specific tour.

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From Kindred Spirit - Lake Taupo & Maori Rock Carving Cruise

Hi Patricia, awesome to hear, thank you so much for this rating. Looking forward having your friends and family aboard ❤️ Cheers Dave & Jess

Hanna Lu from New Zealand wrote on 16 November 2020

Taupo highlight!

Had the most wonderful afternoon with Jess and Dave: food, nuanced history, music, and of course the beautiful boat—felt like the envy of the lake! The highlight of our trip, would come back just to do this again. Thank you from Gemma and Hanna

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From Kindred Spirit - Lake Taupo & Maori Rock Carving Cruise

Hi Hanna, we are stoked to hear you enjoyed that trip so much ? Let us know whenever you are back in Taupo ? All the best Dave & Jess

Veronika Gavryuchenkova from New Zealand wrote on 04 October 2020

Great day on the lake with Captain Dave and Jess!

Wow! What an awesome ? day we all had! My 2 boys and I went sailing ⛵️ in the afternoon.. The whole trip was superb! Very relaxing and fun at the same time.. My boys were busy sailing the boat the whole time and chatting to the crew.. we will definitely be back again soon! Veronika, Ariel and Andre

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From Kindred Spirit - Lake Taupo & Maori Rock Carving Cruise

Thank you so much Veronika! It was great having you on board. Your kids are awesome and you are always welcome back. And next time you can do your skydive as well ^^ All the best Jess & Dave

Kerryn from Australia wrote on 13 March 2020

Best experience of my NZ holiday

We booked on my a few hours before setting sail for the sunset cruise. Dave and Jess were brilliant, they are the working operators of the Barbary. The pizza was great, the drink choices were plenty. But to just experience the travel under sail, powered only by the wind was surreal. Dave did multiple circuits in front of the carvings to allow each side of the vessel to have some good pics, even allowing those that wanted, their own titanic moment up the front. Sailing back to dock, as the sun sets over the lake, with nothing but the wind powering us home. Picture opportunities aplenty. The best v aslue for money experience of my time in New Zealand.

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From Kindred Spirit - Lake Taupo & Maori Rock Carving Cruise

Hi Kerryn, it was great to have you on board and lovely talk to you. It's amazing to hear that you consider us to be the best experience of your time in New Zealand. Although you got a bit mixed up with the boat name as you were on Kindred Spirit ;) We are happy that we could show you that sailing isn't scary, even if the boat leans over a bit. I love the photos you put up. Thank you for sharing with us. Enjoy your holiday Dave and Jess

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10am Adult, Youth + Senior Youth Age is 15-17 years, Senior 65+

    10am Child 5 - 14 years inclusive

      10am Infant 0-4 years inclusive

        1pm Adult

          1pm Youth + Senior Youth Age is 15-17 years, Senior 65+

            1pm Child 5 - 14 years inclusive

              1pm Infant 0-4 years inclusive

                Sunset Adult

                  Sunset Youth + Senior Youth Age is 15-17 years, Senior 65+

                    Sunset Child + Infant Child 5 - 14 years inclusive, infant 0-4 years inclusive

                      Family Pass 2 Adults + 2 Children

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