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Sail Barbary

Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
+64 7-378 5879
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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo
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Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Sail Barbary is an all-year-round top rated Taupo activity; offering relaxation, fun and adventure on the water the Kiwi way. Taupo's 14-meter high Maori Rock Carvings are possibly the largest of their type in the world and are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. Sail Barbary has been offering sailing cruises to these carvings since 1983. Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. You’re guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments. You can even BYO (Bring Your Own) food and beverages. Things really couldn’t get more Kiwi! As New Zealand’s only two commercially operated electric yachts - We're equipped for all conditions; if the wind dies down, Barbary's eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, moving noiselessly through the water. When the wind is up, you can enjoy sailing without salty sea-spray and noisy outboard motors. Warm ponchos are supplied. Sail Barbary cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings depart daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm, and 5.00pm (*5.00pm Summer Only). We don’t promise the best cruise on the lake, we deliver it!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Berths 9 & 10, Redoubt Street | Taupo Boat Harbour, Taupo 3351, New Zealand
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+64 7-378 5879

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband, brother in law & I thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing, easy trip around the Lake,great crew

Thank CarolineLMelbourne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My Fiance and I went on the cruise earlier today, in good old New Zealand fashion the weather packed it in earlier that day, the sea was rough from viewing from the lake. At the start the skipper said there may be a small chance...More

Thank Bridie J
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Bridie, Thank you very much for your detailed review, we appreciate it! We are so glad to hear that you had a enjoyable time, even if the cruise was slightly rough :) Awesome to hear that you managed to get some amazing photos of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely relaxing morning! Nice small groups, quiet because of the sails but with a back up motor when needed.

Thank Sonya K
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Sonya, Thank you for your review. We're happy to hear you had a relaxing morning with us! Kind Regards, Jamie and Sarah

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT I’ve done this before and it never fails to impress :) Lovely boat lovely cruise and lovely skipper too. Would recommend and I will do this trip again with family and friends -:)

Thank Janigel
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi, thank you so much for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed your trip with us and we can't wait to see you again in the future! Cheers, Jamie and Sarah

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely views, prepared and funny captain who supplies ponchos blankets and hot drinks for colder days like in September so with the cold weather we still had a great time. Made even better by being on bookme for a bargain.

Thank Jenny L
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jenny, thank you for your wonderful review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip with us! Cheers, Jamie and Sarah

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a bit of a cold wet day but that wasn't a problem as our lovely skipper gave us super warm fleecy jackets and told us he has blankets and gloves if anyone needed. He also put up a cover over ahead so we...More

Thank stephaniejob
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi! Thank you very much for your lovely and detailed review! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip with us, even though the weather wasn't perfect :) Cheers, Sarah and Jamie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most enjoyable activities in our tour in North Island. Great view of the lake and surrounding areas. Good value for money.

1  Thank vinceli2017
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you for your wonderful review - we're so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. Cheers, Sarah and Jamie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I booked a cruise with sail barbary and upon arriving we were greeted by two captains who were very accommodating, has great sense of humour and really informative of the do's and dont's when in a boat. My friends and I were...More

Thank Kympoi
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, thank you so much for your fantastic review! We're so rapt you enjoyed your experience with us and had fun being interactive on the boat :) Cheers, Jamie & Sarah (& Kerry!)

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Went out with Kerry oday on the boat. Gorgeous boat. Loved the ponchos. The weather was a bit crazy and we didn't make it to the Maori carvings which was absolutely fine as Kerry had us all in control and made an excellent decision not...More

Thank Nikki C
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Hi Nikki, Thank you very much for your lovely review. We're rapt you enjoyed your trip even though the weather wasn't being very nice! It does make for a wonderful adventure though! :) Cheers, Sarah, Jamie & Kerry

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

I took the morning tour at 10:30 am. Jamie was our skipper, he's a funny guy who gave us a lot of good information about the lake and the carvings. It's a nice sailing boat and there were some beverages. Price was ok, got a...More

Thank Friedi F
SailBarbary, Owner at Sail Barbary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Hi there, thanks for your lovely review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. CHeers, Jamie & Sarah

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lmf60745
15 January 2017|
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Response from SailBarbary | Property representative |
Hi there, just a quick note - Sail Barbary's trips actually depart at 2.00pm and 5.00pm, just in case that affects your planning! Both cruises are lovely - the basis of them is the same, but the 5.00pm cruise you will get to... More
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Arijit1988
1 November 2016|
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Response from ArJun S | Reviewed this property |
It is up to you, the main difference between Sailing and Kayaking is that kayaking in an activity and sailing is relaxing (i.e. sitting on the boat and sailing). If you prefer to actually be on the water, then kayaking would... More
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gourmetwalks
27 October 2016|
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Response from SailBarbary | Property representative |
Hi there. Thanks for your question! The jet boat rides are actually on the Waikato River, which flows out of Lake Taupo. Where as our sailing trips are on Lake Taupo it's self. A trip on Sail Barbary is much different from a... More
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