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Unveil Lake Taupo's Cultural Treasure:

Explore the Ngātoroirangi Māori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo

Carved directly into the volcanic cliffs overlooking the vast expanse of Lake Taupo lies a unique and captivating sight – the Ngātoroirangi Māori Rock Carvings.

Standing tall for over 40 years, these awe-inspiring figures are more than just art; they’re a powerful symbol of the enduring Maori culture and a window into the region’s rich history.

Crafted by master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, the carvings pay homage to Ngātoroirangi, a revered navigator who guided the Tuwharetoa and Te Arawa iwi (tribes) to this special place.

Towering over 14 meters (46 feet) high, the central figure of Ngātoroirangi dominates the rock face, his gaze fixed firmly on the horizon.

Surrounding him are smaller figures representing tupuna (ancestors) and kaitiaki (guardians), symbolizing the ongoing connection between the Maori people, their history, and the land.

Unlike traditional Maori rock art, the Ngātoroirangi carvings showcase a unique blend of Maori heritage and modern artistry.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. They’ll share fascinating stories about Maori traditions, the significance of the carvings, and the history of the region.

Accessible only by boat, choose from a variety of exhilarating tours to suit your preference:

  • Power Launch: Our most popular tour offers a thrilling ride across the lake with breathtaking views.
  • Yacht Tours: Relax and soak in the scenery on a luxurious yacht cruise (multiple yacht operators available).
  • Kayak Tours: Get up close and personal with the carvings on a guided kayak tour, enjoying a unique perspective.
  • Jet Ski Tours: Experience the adrenaline rush of a jet ski tour combined with a cultural encounter.

Book your Maori Rock Carvings tour today and discover a unique blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty on the shores of Lake Taupo. 

Create lasting memories as you witness these magnificent carvings and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Chris Jolly Outdoors

Departs: Select when booking –  daily year round.
Price:  Adults $49.00    Child (4-16 yrs) $20.00
Duration: 1.5 Hours

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Taupo Kayaking Adventures

Price: Adults $135 per person – Child $120 pp
Departs:  8:30 am &  1:30 pm  (Winter 10:00 am)
Duration:  Approx 4 Hours ( 3 Hours on the water)

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Kindred Spirit

Departs: Choose when booking
Price From:  $62.00 per person – Child $52 pp
Duration:  2.5 hours approx 

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Sail Barbary

Price:  Adult $55 per person – Child $32 pp
Departs: Choose when booking
Duration: 2.5 hours approx

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Departs: Choose when booking
Price:  $49.00 per person – Child $39 pp
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours 

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