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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo

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    What to Expect
    Your kayak tour will start with a safety briefing at Taupo Kayaking Adventures base in Acacia Bay. Push off from the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay before paddling out on the lake below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbour a kayak. Take in the amazing views of the lake and the Tongariro mountains beyond. The landscape is very scenic, especially when the mountains are covered in snow in the winter.

    After about an hour you will reach the Maori Rock Carvings. You can kayak right up to the cliff face but we do request that you respect its cultural significance by not touching the carvings. Your experienced guide will explain the carving's cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them.

    On the way back, you will stop for gourmet refreshments where you can take the opportunity to swim in the clear waters of the beautiful lake. If the breeze comes up, you can raft your kayaks together and sail back – bliss!

    The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo have been hailed as one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary artworks. Towering 14-metres above the deep water of Lake Taupo, the carvings have become one of the North Island of New Zealand's biggest tourist attractions and one of the must do activities when in Taupo. The carvings can only be reached by water so this kayak trip is one of the best options to see it.

    Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Departure time is at 8:30am and 1:30pm in summer and 10:00am and 1:30pm in winter from our base in Acacia Bay. Allow approx 4 hours per trip (3 hours on the water). 
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Taupo Kayaking Adventures
    Return Details
    Returns to the original departure point
    • Full instructions and commentary
    • Professional and experienced guide
    • Top-quality kayaking equipment
    • Safety gear
    • Gourmet refreshments
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off. On request only. Please call or email to arrange.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    On the day we were supposed to go on tour was very windy and due to safety reasons the tour was rescheduled. We were offered 2 options: to do kayaking on the river instead or join the group on the next day. We preferred the second option and we were really lucky to have sunny
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    The team on this experience were super friendly. They had good knowledge of the area and hearing about the culture from a kayak was fun! They provided hot drinks and excellent muffins which were a nice bonus. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the rock carvings due to bad
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    Response from Lisa C, Owner at Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
    Responded 29 Sep 2019
    On any particularly day, and exspecialy during winter season the weather is changeable - due to unforeseen circumstances we reluctantly choose to return back for safety reason. This is our priority in all cases, and this outlined in our acknowledgement form that all clients signed on arrival. If we do not think we can make it around - we cancel the trip. On the day the weather conditions before your tour hit the water the conditions were fine and unfortunately the wind picked up in your trip case. We always offer alternative option to clients in rougher weather.
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    Taupo Kayaking Activities (TKA) offer an amazing opportunity to see local NZ culture from a very different perspective. Being able to see Maori culture from this viewpoint was extremely immersive, with particular thanks to our guide Brett who was professional and approable
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    Response from Lisa C, Owner at Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
    Responded 16 Aug 2019
    Hi Matt Thank you for taking some time our to review us. Brett is a great young guide and loves giving everyone a awesome experience. We do try our best to accomodate people travel needs - so we were happy to run a tour outside our scheduled times. Thanks
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    We had an awesome experience with Taupo Kayaking Adventures! Went on a guided kayak tour to view the Maori rock carvings and was definitely a morning well spent! Our tour guide (Brett) was awesome, friendly and very knowledgeable. Couldn't have been better and I would highly
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    Response from Lisa C, Owner at Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
    Responded 26 Jul 2019
    Hi great to hear that you had an awesome trip - the carvings are spectacular.
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    Hi everybody, we have had a tour with Taupo Kayaking Adventures, out to the maori carvings. Overall, we had a great experience, considering the average weather on the day. Our guide Brett, was very courteous and informative. Now people do not panic, if you have not kayaked
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    Response from Lisa C, Owner at Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo
    Responded 20 Jun 2019
    Hi Shane and Kaz, It was absolutely fantastic meeting you both, Kaz you're a trouper and an inspiration. Thanks for the review and tips for future clients, we really do aim to create memorable and enjoyable experience exploring our gorgeous region. I will also be sure to pass on your kind words to Brett. I hope its a bit warmer back in Australia and look forward to seeing you both again. Thanks!
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