Family cruise to the Maori Carvings Taupo

3 Days

NZD 119 per person
(NZD 476 family price)

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Family Getaway Summary

Location: Taupo, Southern Waikato
2 nights / 3 days
Accommodation in 3* hotel
90-minutes lake cruise, departing 10:30am, 1:30pm (all week) and 5:00pm (Friday & Saturday 15 May – 12 September 2020)

Cruise to Maori Carvings 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 Maori Carvings 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. 

If you or the young ones are brave enough, try and feed the ducks. Not in the usual way by throwing bread in the water, though. These ducks snap their food right out of your fingers in full flight! 

Your family accommodation in Taupo

Courtney Motel is located only 150m from Lake Taupo and about a 4-minutes drive to central Taupo. 

The master bedroom has a double bed while the ‘kids room’ sport two single beds. The two-bedroom unit comes with a living room and a fully functional kitchen to cook dinner or breakfast. You can relax in the garden and use the hotel’s barbeques. 

If you don’t feel like cooking, a pub is just around the corner and Taupo’s town centre isn’t too far away. The kids will love the Douglas DC3 aircraft that is part of the local Mc Donalds.

Courtney Motel offers complimentary parking and wifi.



  • 2 nights at 3* Courtney Motel in a 2-bedroom unit
  • 90-minutes lake cruise, departing 10:30am, 1:30pm (all week) and 5:00pm (Friday & Saturday 15 May - 12 September 2020) for 2 adults and 2 kids
  • Complimentary muffin and hot drink

Not Included

  • Other meals
  • Entry fee to other attractions or activities

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

Price is based on a family of two adults and two children. Please enquire the price if your family is smaller or bigger than four.

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Payment for our packaged getaway is due at the time of confirmation/invoice. Please send us a screenshot of the payment. 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.

Chris Jolly Outdoors

Children’s age ranges from 5 – 18 years. 

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