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Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

Join us for a relaxing cruise along the magnificent Lake Taupo aboard The Ernest Kemp, a beautiful vintage replica steam boat.

Highlights

  • 2 Hour cruise along the spectacular Lake Taupo
  • Beautiful vintage replica steam boat.
  • Visit the famous Maori Rock Carvings
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and cookies

Lake Taupo, one of the largest freshwater volcanic craters in the world, is home to the famous Maori Rock Carvings.

Only accessible by boat, we will get you the closest to these incredible 10 metre high carvings which tower high over New Zealand’s largest lake.

Learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the area from your skippers interesting and informative commentary.

With comfortable seating both inside and out, bathroom facilities and a licensed bar, we’ll ensure your cruise on the Ernest Kemp will be warm and comfortable.

Your skipper even welcomes you to join him in the wheelhouse and take a turn at the wheel!

The 2 hour Ernest Kemp cruise is an enjoyable outing and a great way to see the Maori Rock Carvings and to get out onto Lake Taupo.

Adult $45.00
Child $15.00

What's included

  • 2 Hour cruise
  • Informative commentary
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and cookies
  • On the 5pm cruise enjoy a complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and pizza
  • On the 7pm sunset cruise enjoy complimentary wine & beer

Duration

  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Under 5 years FREE

    5pm Summer Departure Pricing: Adults $45, Child (1 - 15 years) $25, Under 12 months FREE

    IMPORTANT - IF YOU ARE TRAVELING WITH A CHILD UNDER 5 THEY MUST BE ADDED TO YOUR BOOKING ON THE WAY TO CHECKOUT

    IMPORTANT - CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 24 HOURS WILL RECEIVE NO REFUND. TICKETS ARE NON TRANSFERABLE AND ARE UNABLE TO BE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE ENSURE YOU BOOK THE CORRECT DEPARTURE TIME

    Departures: 10:30am and 2pm every day. Additional 5pm cruise during summer

    *****PLEASE NOTE*****

    Please go to the Black boat harbour booking office to collect your boarding pass before checking into the boat.

    You will need a boarding pass from the office before being allowed onto the boat. 65 Redoubt St. Taupo

    Your Scenic Cruise may be on our other boat Top Cat. The cruise and inclusions are the same, just a different vessel. The boat allocated to your booking is dependent on prior reservations.

Available Bookings from July 15 to July 21

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5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

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  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$20.00
  • Child$15.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$20.00
  • Child$15.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$25.00
  • Child$10.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$35.00
  • Child$10.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$25.00
  • Child$10.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$25.00
  • Child$10.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$25.00
  • Child$10.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.00
  • Child$15.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$20.00
  • Child$15.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$20.00
  • Child$15.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$20.00
  • Child$15.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Angela from New Zealand wrote on 25 August 2019

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Ernest Kemp - Cancelled trip

Due to weather conditions, our cruise in the morning was cancelled, and we were offered a refund, to try for 2.00pm. We opted for 2pm. At 1.45pm we were advised the cruise was going out as the wind had died down, however, if the conditions changed, then we would return, and were offered a refund before the cruise leaves, or to go on the cruise at 2pm, and if the cruise has to return, to receive a gift certificate for another date and time. We opted for the cruise, and in the end we had to return. On our return we were offered a refreshment and cookies! The staff, in the office, the captain and cruise director, were friendly, upfront, and provided information and updates right throughout the whole situation. A1 Service! Thanks Ernest Kemp cruises, cant wait for our next trip :D

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Thank you Angela for the positive insight in to your cruise experience with us! We try our very best with the hand we are dealt, unfortunately sometimes the weather won't allow us to properly showcase our wonderful Lake. Make sure to pick a lovely day to come back, we look forward to having you all again in the future! Thank you

Kelly-Ann Oosterbeek from Australia wrote on 10 July 2019

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Friendly, informative and great value

Great trip out for the whole family, and really reasonably priced. Staff were super friendly and accommodating. We really appreciated the little extras like the blankets if you got cold or the cup of hot chocolate and snack. Highly recommend.

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From Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

Good morning Kelly-Ann, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you highly recommend us. Please join us again soon. Kind regards, Timothy Burke General Manager

Josephine Young from New Zealand wrote on 28 November 2019

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BLISSFUL BOAT TOUR WITH EARNEST KEMP .

We all had the best time ever on the Ernest Kemp rock carving tours. The trip is worth its weight in gold. The skipper and the stewardess were absolutely amazing and beyond catering to your needs . ID like to do a big shout out to the owner of Ernest Kemp tours who allowed us to bring our loving little fluffy companion "LOLLY" who also thoroughly enjoyed the trip , to accompany us on this wonderful excursion. Not only does the owner allow dogs on these voyages but she also gifted our little pooch with a Christmas goodie bag. Just letting our lolly to be a part of this trip on the Ernest Kemp tours was above and beyond amazing but to pick up our tickets and receive a goody bag was well and truly overwhelming. So it's a 10 out of 10 and a big thank you from us and not to forget a WOFWOFWIF from little "Lolly".

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Awesome, Josephine! We loved having Lolly and Lolly's parents join us for a cruise, the weather was incredible we couldn't have asked for a better day. It is always a welcome surprise when we have fur-babies join us on our cruise, we love them. Glad you all had a wonderful time on the Great Lake with us Josephine, come and see us again! Thank you

Sharn Pune from New Zealand wrote on 24 September 2019

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Awesome experience

While the weather wasnt the best it made for a fun time. Kath was phenomenal! Couldnt ask for a better, friendlier more helpful host.

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From Ernest Kemp - Lake Taupo and Maori Rock Carvings Cruise

Thank you very much Sharn! Happy to hear you enjoyed your morning with us. Come back and see us during the summer when it's a lot calmer and we can stop for a swim as well as.

Ashley from New Zealand wrote on 03 September 2019

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Great experience

Great boat trip with fantastic views

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Excellent photos! So good to hear you have enjoyed your time with us, and that the awesome weather played it's part for you. Thank you Ashley

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