Sail Barbary


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12 Sailing

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Sail Barbary to Taupo's iconic Maori Rock Carvings
Barbary - Sailing to the Carvings for over 30 years
Swim in New Zealand's largest lake
Get up close to the 10 meter high rock art
Relax on Great Lake Taupo with Sail Barbary


Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo

Join the locals on a boutique Lake Taupo cruise to the renowned Maori Rock Carvings. Sailing Taupo's beautiful bays, Barbary offers the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure at an awesome price. 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.
Barbary is nothing like your run-of-the-mill cruise; our eco-friendly yacht offers year-round water activities the Kiwi Way.

Enjoy sailing at its best (and quietest!) on New Zealand's only commercially operated electric yacht - no fumes, no noise, no pollution.
Qualmark Endorsed visitor activity and Enviro Silver award.
B.Y.O (Bring Your Own) food & beverage option.
Fun in any season (warm ponchos available)


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Operating Season And Hours

Sail Barbary operates every day except Christmas Day.
Maori Rock Carvings Cruise departs 10.30am, 2pm and 5pm* (*5pm Summer Only)


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Ranking: 7/10

Great to get out on the water, the hosts were lovely and could give a lot of information about the area.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Thomas Klinting


Ranking: 10/10

Sailing on this atmospheric and lovely old sailing boat for 2.5 hours to the Maori Rock Carvings is an excellent way of experiencing the beautiful Lake Taupo and its mountainous backdrop.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Charlotte Molesworth

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A cruise on a classic yacht out to the rock carvings and around a couple of bays. Fantastic experience for all ages - possible to have a swim in the lake at the carvings as well as a complimentary hot drink to warm you up.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

A relaxing and social sailing trip over Lake Taupo, leading to Maori rock carvings. But the best is taking a dive into the clear blue water with Mt Ngauruhoe in the background.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Caroline Shaw


Ranking: 10/10

Great boat, great captain, great trip. Weather was great too!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Marianne Leclerco


Ranking: 8/10

Two hour cruise, with a pizza and beer offered. Quiet, beautiful, you also see the Maori Carvings that you can only reach by boat. The Skipper was really nice and funny. A good memory.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Raul Ellermann


Ranking: 8/10

Nice sail and a good crew.

Reviewed over 6 years ago



Ranking: 10/10

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Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in October 2015

Sail Barbary responds:

Thank you for your detailed review and fantastic pictures! We're so pleased you had such a good time on board Barbary :)
Cheers, Jamie & Sarah