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Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

Step aboard the Barbary for Taupo's most iconic cruise across the pristine waters of Lake Taupo to the renowned Maori Rock Carvings - a must-see attraction...

Highlights

  • Embark on an amazing eco sail cruise with Sail Barbary - unmatched and unrivalled since 1983
  • Discover the iconic Maori Rock carvings on board electric yachts with zero emissions, no noise or fumes
  • Get the opportunity to help the captain by taking the wheel, or helping to hoist the sails!
  • Soak up stunning scenic views and enjoy a refreshing swim
  • Free pizzas and beverages on some departures, BYO or purchase refreshments on-board

If you love adventure, magnificent scenery and the opportunity to kick back and relax with a touch of Kiwi Culture, then Sail Barbary is absolutely for you.

Unmatched and unrivaled since 1983, Sail Barbary is New Zealand's only commercially operated electric yacht fleet – with two classic white sailing yachts, zero emissions, no noise or fumes and complete with relaxing furnishings and seating for ultimate comfort!

You'll soak up stunning views over Lake Taupo as the cruise begins before Taupo's 14-meter high Maori Rock Carvings take your breath away! A true testament to the skills and knowledge of local Maori that were passed through the generations, and possibly the largest of their type in the world, these carvings are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat.

If you want a little action pumped into your cruise, your captain will gladly show you the ropes and you can help hoist the sails or even take a turn at the wheel! In summer you can have a swim, so make sure to bring your swimwear and towel!

You're guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life's postcard moments - silently cruising stunning Lake Taupo with the mountains reflecting back at you from the water. 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 & 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).

**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.

Meeting Point: Barbary Sailings depart from Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street, Taupo Boat Harbour. You can access the boat harbour from Ferry Road (off Lake Terrace) or Redoubt Street (opposite Countdown). Free parking available at the boat harbour.

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

Notes

  • 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 November 12 to November 18

Change Dates

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9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$34.00
  • Child$24.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$34.00
  • Child$24.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.00
  • Child$24.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$24.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$34.00
  • Child$24.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$25.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$34.00
  • Child$25.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.00
  • Child$25.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Per person - 5.00pm$47.00

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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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.

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 :)

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.

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