Cruise to the Maori Carving Taupo

3 Days

Price: NZD 285 per person

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Getaway Summary

Location: Taupo, Southern Waikato
2 nights / 3 days
Accommodation in a 3* hotel
90-minutes lake cruise, departing 10:30am, 1:30pm

Cruise to the Maori Carving on Lake Taupo

With Lake Taupo being the largest lake in New Zealand, it’s no wonder almost all activities in Taupo are somehow connected to water. 

One of the must-dos while visiting is definitely a cruise to the Māori Carving Taupo. Towering an impressive 14 meters high is the face of Ngātoroirangi, a powerful Māori high priest. And although the carving looks like it’s been around for centuries, it really was created by a local artist in the 1970s and has since become a Taupo tourist attraction. 

A number of boat companies cruise to the Māori Carving Taupo which is located in Mine Bay and only accessible from the water. The lovely crew from Chris Jolly Outdoors will take you on a 90-minutes cruise, providing full commentary on the history of Lake Taupo and the carving while you get to enjoy the scenery from inside the boat or their viewing deck. Do not forget to try one of their home-made cider, it is a real delight!

Your accommodation in Taupo

Phoenix Resort Taupo is a romantic 3* accommodation. The rooms are located in villa-style houses in the midst of a rose garden, only a 2 minutes walk from the lake. All rooms have their own private spa baths and most also have a kitchenette. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from central Taupo or a leisurely 20-minute walk along the shores of Lake Taupo.


  • 2 nights at a 3* hotel in Taupo
  • 90-minutes lake cruise, departing 10:30am, 1:30pm


  • Other meals
  • Entry fee to other attractions or activities

How our suppliers will ensure to keep you safe during your weekend getaway:

Chris Jolly Outdoors Lake Cruise

  • Limited number of passengers to allow for physical distancing (35 passengers on a 100 passenger vessel)
  • Full disinfecting and sanitizing before and after every trip
  • Hand sanitising available for customers as well as single-use gloves if desired
  • Full contract tracing system

All prices are per person, based on 2 people or 2 adults and 2 children for Family Getaways. Please send an enquiry if you are a group.

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Payment for our packaged getaway is due at the time of confirmation/invoice.

Cancellations & amendments to bookings must be made 72h prior to travel dates. Any cancellations after this date will be non-refundable. Some operators have stricter rules. If this is the case, please see below.

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