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Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

Step aboard and join us for a sail on New Zealand's only commercially operated electric yacht–zero emissions, no noise or fumes

Highlights

  • NZ’s only commercially operated electric – zero emissions. Silently cruise or sail
  • Help the captain by taking the wheel, or helping to hoist the sails
  • Soak up stunning scenic views and enjoy a refreshing swim
  • Learn about the ecology and the cultural history of the carvings
  • BYO or purchase refreshments on-board

As we silently cruise out to the carvings on crystal clear water you will be able to view the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your seat.

Our experienced skippers will inform you about the ecological, historical, spiritual and cultural significance of the area as you sail out to the 14-metre high Maori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay. These carvings are only accessible by water. Sail barbary will take you right up close for the perfect photo of Ngatororangi carved into the rock face.

On the trip home, you can jump into the deep blue freshwater lake for a swim or your captain will gladly show you the ropes and you can help hoist the sails or even take a turn at the wheel

To top it all off, we are licensed or you can BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi.

Reduce your travel miles and make the ethical choice to experience eco-travel at its best. We're equipped for all conditions so you can enjoy sailing at its best. Sail Barbary - We don’t promise the best cruise on the lake, we deliver it!

 

Departures:

10.30am and 2.00pm Departures: Your 2.5 hour cruise includes a complimentary beverage and a Sail Barbary Postcard.

5.00pm Departure (summer only): Your 2.5 hour evening cruise includes buffet-style pizza selection*, 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 be at the boat 15 minutes before we sail.

**The buffet-style pizza selection is a range of pizza flavours including vegetarian. Unfortunately, we cannot cater to dietary requirements – however, you are welcome to bring your own food with you.

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

 

Adult $49.00
Child $29.00
Per person - 5.00pm $54.00

Location

  • 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.

Notes

  • ***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.

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

Available Bookings from July 10 to July 16

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 10 Jul
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Wed 15 Jul
Thu 16 Jul

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.00
  • Child$15.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$20.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$29.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$15.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$34.00
  • Child$29.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.00
  • Child$15.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$35.00
  • Child$29.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$34.00
  • Child$20.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.00
  • Child$15.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$15.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$29.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.00
  • Child$15.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$24.00
  • Child$20.00

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Siti from Malaysia wrote on 14 July 2019

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Excellent service, great experience

The sailing was superb. Our skipper was really knowledgeable. Great experience for us!

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Thank you for your review. I am please you enjoyed your experience. You look toasty warm :)

Carissa Te Rongomau Pearce from New Zealand wrote on 29 September 2019

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Experience to remember

Had a lot of fun, skipper was very knowledge about the area and maori carving. They had bathroom facilities, hot beverages, biscuits and warm ponchos for the ride out. Was a beautiful experience that I will not forgot any time soon. Thank you so much.

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Thank you very much for your kind review. I am delighted you enjoyed the biscuits and hot drink.

sukhpreet from New Zealand wrote on 17 August 2019

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Awsm sailing

It was an amazing experience.. must do thing in taupo.

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Thanks for the review, great photo of you both.

Dominic from India wrote on 26 July 2019

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Great experience

A must try if you are in taupo. Trip in a silent electric sail boat.oveall experience was great.

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You two look like you enjoyed yourselves! Thanks for coming out on our eco yacht. We use the electric when mother nature cant provide the wind.

Valmai from New Zealand wrote on 11 July 2019

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Big sail on the big lake.

Thumbs up from us!! We set sail from the harbour on a beautiful big sail boat. The guide has witty banter and is knowledgeable about his area. We sailed for an hour and a quarter, the time "sailed" by. A very chill vibe on-board. The rock is kinda cool, but for me was a "bonus" sighting because I enjoyed the ride there so much, on a big sailboat on a big lake to see a big (carved) rock. The water was gorgeous, crystal blue and clean, well done Taupō. We got a hot chocolate and a chocolate fish, when we got to the rock, how perfect!! The sail back was great, the boat driver (captain?? *Please excuse my lack of boaty terminology, I'm a land loving kinda gal)) had a sailing playlist we (the passengers) all contributed to, so that was kinda personalised and fun for me! Our sailing had a handful of people and we were pretty much the only vehicle on the lake so it felt quite exclusive, I loved it. The experience of going on a sail boat was new for my family, we all enjoyed it. Good value for money, and words from our 7 year old .. "Totally worth it".

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I am so delighted that you enjoyed the trip. I often say the carvings are like the icing on the cake as the sailing is an experience in itself. Its great your 7 year old enjoyed his chocolate fish and hot chocolate, great photos.

10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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