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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo

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    This 4-hour small group guided tour with return transport from central Taupo will allow for approximately 3-hours kayaking on Lake Taupo.
    Your tour begins from the store in Central Taupo where you can leave your valuables in a secure locked area. You will then travel via the company shuttle to Jerusalem Bay where your gear will be unloaded. You will go through the safety aspects of your kayaking journey with all you need to know about kayaking before putting on your spray decks, life jackets and launching your kayaks.
    Paddle along the coastline which will enable you to have a look at the bird life along the way. Travel past the famous cliff drop whilst taking in the amazing scenery including looking back over the Taupo Town Centre and beyond to the majestic volcanoes of the central plateau. Your guide will give you handy kayaking tips on the way and tell you some of the history of the area.
    Once at the Maori Carvings you will get close enough to take photos and to marvel at the great skill of the master carvers. Here your guide will inform you on what the different parts of the carvings mean and the history of the people depicted.
    On the return journey you will paddle back along the coastline to a picnic spot, where you can enjoy a hot drink and some cookies, stretch your legs and have swim for those willing.
    Once back at the Jerusalem Bay, load up the kayaks on the trailer and head back to the store where you can use the toilet facilities and changing rooms. Your guide will upload all photos they have taken and then send you the link so you can enjoy all of your amazing memories from Great Lake Taupo.
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    All reviews a lot of fun short break maori carvings great afternoon own pace delicious cookies great guide beautiful spot great stories weather was perfect half day trip local information small group my partner safety briefing great experience thanks guys
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We had such a great half day kayak to see the Maori carvings - it was by far the biggest highlight of our trip to the North Island. Super well organised the kayaks were easy to manoeuvre we’d definitely book another trip with them on...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank JDB473
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Perfect tour with Andy. Phantastic day for Kayaking. There was a lot of fun. Andy brings coffee and tea for a short break. 👍🏻

    Thank Mennic47
    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hi Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review! We are glad to hear you had a great time with us. Hope to see you again. Canoe and Kayak Taupo

    Reviewed 28 May 2019

    Awesome experience, great fun, and what a wonderful day - perfect sky and still water. First time on a kayak, but easy to manoeuvre once you settle in. Built some biceps in the process. Thomas our guide provided instructions and off we went, he even...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank benjamin s
    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2019

    Hi Benjamin, Cheers for leaving us a great review! We are stoked to hear you enjoyed your time kayaking on the Lake to see the spectacular Maori Rock Carvings. We are very lucky to have the best guides in the area showcasing Lake Taupo's stunning...More

    Reviewed 25 May 2019 via mobile

    My partner and I absolutely loved our half day kayaking trip to the Mauri carvings. Thomas was a brilliant and knowledgeable guide, we learned so much and had an amazing dayMore

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Megan B
    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2019

    Hi Megan Thanks for taking time to leave us a fantastic review. The Maori Rock Carvings is definitely a must do while in Taupo and there is no better way, than by kayak. We are proud to have such knowledgeable and passionate guides, like Thomas,...More

    Reviewed 23 May 2019 via mobile

    Our tour was awesome! The guide was very clear explaining everything related to New Zealand, Taupo and the carvings. We had an amazing time!!! Thanks Tom!!!More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank mariaweissbein
    CanoeandKayakTaupo, Manager at Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2019

    Hi Maria, Thanks for an awesome review! We are glad to hear you had a great time on your kayak tour to the Maori Rock Carving on Lake Taupo. We definitely pride ourselves on having experienced and knowledgeable guides. Hope to see you again next...More

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    Response from Felix K | Reviewed this property |
    Check out their website or just write a mail. The staff will be happy to help you. Enjoy
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    Response from mmlcstudentgroups | Reviewed this property |
    I am pretty sure they had a 9am and a midday trip over summer, winter months may be only once a day but you'd have to check with them. I highly recommend it!!
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    If you want. Make sure you have waterproof bags to put them in. These can be purchased at outfitting stores.
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