Maori Rock Carvings, Taupo

4.2
#20 of 105 in Things to do in Taupo
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Hop on a ferry to view the impressive Maori Rock Carvings, a collection of individual carvings into the rock face of Mine Bay standing over 10 m (33 ft) high, a gift to the town of Taupo. The work of master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell and Jonathan Randell and completed in the 1970s, each carving is unique unto itself, with its own story, meaning, and significance. The carvings can only been seen by water, so opt to take a guided boat tour or get a closer look with a guided kayaking tour. The more comfortable option of the two is the ferryboat, where visitors can sit back and relax while munching on snacks and listening to the informative guides. Make Maori Rock Carvings part of your personalized Taupo itinerary using our Taupo trip itinerary builder app.
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  • This boat trip was extremely interesting. The staff were great, answered all our questions and even took photos on our phone for us.  more »
  • The entire cruise was an enjoyable experience right from the start to the finish. Gill the captain, and Lauren the host both talked knowledgeably and naturally about the area we were visiting. The....  more »
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  • Amazing and impressive... and the quick excursion by boat with Ernest (old steam boat) was a fun experience.
  • Very impressive modern day rock carvings. The artist dedicated it to his Maori grandparents. You can only get there by boat, plenty of tour operators can be found at Taupo harbour. The (huge) Lake can be rough sometimes, you might want to drink a ginger beer in order to calm your stomach before you board a vessel.

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